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On This Day: January 11 - The New York Times

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On This Day: January 11

Updated January 11, 2014, 1:28 pm

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On Jan. 11, 1964, the United States surgeon general reported that cigarettes cause lung cancer.

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On Jan. 11, 1842, William James, the American psychologist and exponent of pragmatism, was born. Following his death on Aug. 26, 1910, his obituary appeared in The Times.

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Historic Birthdays

William James 1/11/1842 - 8/26/1910 American philosopher/psychologist.Go to obituary » 37Parmigianino 1/11/1503 - 8/24/1540
Italian painter 49Alexander Hamilton 1/11/1757 - 7/12/1804
American secretary of the treasury and founding father 67Ezra Cornell 1/11/1807 - 12/9/1874
American university founder 85Sir James Paget 1/11/1814 - 12/30/1899
English surgeon/physiologist 82Thomas Dixon 1/11/1864 - 4/3/1946
American dramatist/legislator 72Alice H. Rice 1/11/1870 - 2/10/1942
American novelist 92Alice Paul 1/11/1885 - 7/9/1977
American Women's Rights activist 78Laurens Hammond 1/11/1895 - 7/1/1973
American inventor/businessman 92Eva Le Gallienne 1/11/1899 - 6/3/1991
English/Am. actress/producer 85Alan Paton 1/11/1903 - 4/12/1988
South African writer 75Pierre Mendes-France 1/11/1907 - 10/18/1982
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