What Happened On This Day – 11 January
2002 The first prisoners arrive in Guantanamo Bay
Following reports of torture, Amnesty International called the situation at the US detention camp a “human rights scandal”.
1985 The first Rock in Rio music festival is held
A whopping 1.5 million people attended, making it the world's largest music festival.
1962 A massive landslide kills 4,000 in Peru
Nine villages in the Río Santa Valley were engulfed by a 12-meter wall of rock and ice.
1935 Amelia Earhart flies solo from Hawaii to the U.S. mainland
She was the first person to achieve this feat. Her journey took her from Honolulu to Oakland, California.
1922 Insulin is used for the first time to treat diabetes
14-year-old Leonard Thompson was the first person to receive the medication to combat his Type 1 diabetes.
Births On This Day – 11 January
1979 Siti Nurhaliza
Malaysian singer-songwriter, producer
1973 Rahul Dravid
1971 Mary J. Blige
American singer-songwriter, producer, actress
1934 Jean Chrétien
Canadian politician, 20th Prime Minister of Canada
1755 Alexander Hamilton
Nevisian/American economist, politician, philosopher, 1st United States Secretary of the Treasury
Deaths On This Day – 11 January
2014 Ariel Sharon
Israeli general, politician, 11th Prime Minister of Israel
2013 Nguyen Khanh
Vietnamese general, politician, 3rd President of South Vietnam
2013 Aaron Swartz
American computer programmer, activist
2008 Edmund Hillary
New Zealand mountaineer, explorer
1941 Emanuel Lasker
German chess player