ANDREWS MCMEEL ALMANAC
Today is the 11th day of 2018 and the 22nd day of winter.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1908, President Theodore Roosevelt declared the Grand Canyon a national monument.
In 1922, insulin was administered to a diabetic patient for the first time; the extract would require further improvement before achieving success.
In 1964, the U.S. surgeon general issued the first U.S. government report concluding that smoking could be hazardous to health.
In 2003, departing Illinois Gov. George Ryan commuted the sentences of an unprecedented 156 death row inmates.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Alexander Hamilton (1755/57-1804), U.S. statesman; Ezra Cornell (1807-1874), businessman/philanthropist; William James (1842-1910), philosopher/psychologist; Rod Taylor (1930-2015), actor; Jean Chretien (1934- ), Canadian politician; Naomi Judd (1946- ), singer-songwriter; Mary J. Blige (1971- ), singer-songwriter; Amanda Peet (1972- ), actress.
TODAY'S FACT: Alexander Hamilton was born to a poor family on the Caribbean island of Nevis. Conflicting sets of records leave it unclear whether he was born in 1755 or 1757.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1973, Major League Baseball owners voted in approval of a 10th lineup position for American League rosters, allowing a "designated pinch-hitter" to bat for the pitcher while allowing the pitcher to stay in the game.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "It is only by risking our persons from one hour to another that we live at all. And often enough our faith beforehand in an uncertified result is the only thing that makes the result come true." -- William James, "The Will to Believe and Other Essays in Popular Psychology"
TODAY'S NUMBER: 155,870 -- estimated number of American lung cancer deaths in 2017.
TODAY'S MOON: Between last quarter moon (Jan. 8) and new moon (Jan. 16).