Today is Tuesday, Jan. 11, the 11th day of 2005. There are 354 days left in the year. On this date in 1805, the Michigan Territory is created by an act of Congress.
In 1757, the first secretary of the U.S. Treasury, Alexander Hamilton, is born in the West Indies. In 1815, Sir John A. Macdonald, the first prime minister of Canada, is born in Glasgow, Scotland. In 1861, Alabama secedes from the Union. In 1913, the first sedan-type automobile, a Hudson, goes on display at the 13th Automobile Show in New York. In 1935, aviator Amelia Earhart begins a trip from Honolulu to Oakland, Calif., that makes her the first woman to fly solo across the Pacific Ocean. In 1942, Japan declares war against the Netherlands, the same day that Japanese forces invade the Dutch East Indies. In 1943, the United States and Britain sign treaties relinquishing extraterritorial rights in China. In 1964, U.S. Surgeon General Luther Terry issues the first government report saying smoking may be hazardous to one's health. In 1973, owners of American League baseball teams vote to adopt the designated-hitter rule on a trial basis. In 1977, France sets off an international uproar by releasing Abu Daoud, a PLO official behind the massacre of Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics.
January 11, 1980: Head football Coach Robert E. "Bo" Rein of Louisiana State University is killed in the crash of a private plane that wandered 1,000 miles off course during a storm and crashed into the Atlantic Ocean. Rein was a football star at Niles McKinley High School and at Ohio State University before entering coaching.
The Honda Motor Co. announces plans to build an auto production plant in Marysville, Ohio, and begin producing cars within two years.
The Ohio Department of Transportation, facing a potential loss of nearly $24 million in its budget, announces that it is making cutbacks that could jeopardize $50 million in Mahoning Valley projects over five years.
January 11, 1965: A Baltimore & amp; Ohio freight train and an Erie-Lackawanna freight collide head-on at a track crossover near Wooster, killing six crewmen, including four from New Castle, Pa. The New Castle men were C.C. Druschel, Carl R. Duckworth, G.S. Williams and A.R. Llewellyn. The other two men, Donald Narney and C. Porter, were from Marion.
The American Football League calls off its All-Star game after 21 Negro players selected for the game say they are leaving New Orleans, the site of the game, after being refused cab service and admittance to some French Quarter clubs.
January 11, 1955: The Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County will receive $450,000 from Mahoning County's 1955 intangible taxes. Mill Creek Park will receive $88,134.
Fred B. King Jr., a funeral director, is elected president of the Youngstown YMCA at the trustees' annual meeting.
The Youngstown Hospital Association wins the financial support of one of the great national foundations in its research program using blood tests for the detection of hidden cancer. The hospital will receive $20,000 from the John A. Hartford Foundation Inc. of New York City.
January 11, 1930: Left in the street to die after being run down by a hit-skip driver, George Berger, 16, a sophomore at South High School, is in critical condition in St. Elizabeth Hospital with a fractured skull.
Goodyear's blimp Puritan is almost completely wrecked when it crashes into a mountain 10 miles east of Campbell, Ky., during a sleet storm.
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Agnew return to Youngstown from an extended trip through the South and West during which they logged more than 12,000 miles. "It is entirely too much of a trip for one season," says Agnew, but the master farmer was pleased to be able to visit farms in the corn belt and see cowboys in the West.
State Attorney General Gilbert Bettman urges the Mahoning Valley Sanitary District to pursue its case before the Supreme Court of the United States to prove the constitutionality of the Ohio law under which the sanitary district was created. Interests who brought the case initially have indicated their willingness to drop it.