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11th January

1569 England held the first ever state lottery.

1787 William Herschel discovered that the planet Uranus had moons.

1857 * Fred Archer, English champion jockey with 2748 wins and 5 Derby wins.

1922 Leonard Thompson was the first patient suffering diabetes to be treated with Insulin.

1935 Amelia Earhart became the first person to fly solo from Hawaii to California.

1938 * Arthur Scargill, English President of the National Union of Mineworkers.

1953 * John Sessions, English actor and comedian.

1957 * Bryan Robson, former England soccer captain.

1962 At least 2,000 people were feared dead after a huge avalanche in the Peruvian Andes engulfed nine villages.

1963 The first disco, called 'Whisky-a-Go-Go' opened in Los Angeles, USA.

1964 The first government report regarding the dangers of cigarette smoking was issued by the U.S. Surgeon General, Luther Terry.

1973 The first graduates from the Open University were awarded their degrees.

1974 The first sextuplets were born to Mrs. Sue Rosenkowitz in Cape Town, South Africa.

1984 In a dispute against meat imports, French farmers hijacked British lorries.

1993 British Airways has ended paying out over 3m in one of the most bitter and protracted libel actions in aviation history against Virgin Atlantic.

2002 The first al-Qaeda prisoners were incarcerated in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

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