On This Day in History: January 11

Today in history, a woman involved in the hiding of diary writer Anne Frank died. What else happened on January 11 throughout history?

1908: The Grand Canyon Becomes a National Monument

Now one of the most popular tourist attractions in the United States, the Grand Canyon was sighted by Europeans in 1540. On this day in history, President Theodore Roosevelt declared more than 800,000 acres of the Arizonan sight a national monument. It wasn’t until 1919 that Congress outlawed private development in the area, when the Grand Canyon National Park Act was signed. The majority of people view the attraction from the South Rim, 7,000ft above sea level.

1927: Assets of Charlie Chaplin Frozen

Amelia EarhartJanuary 11 was not a good day for Charlie Chaplin. After his second wife Lita Grey Chaplin filed for divorce, he found his $16m estate frozen by the courts. The marriage had only lasted for three years, and the divorce led to a $1m settlement. It did not turn him off marriage. He married twice after Grey, one of those being 18-year-old Oona O’Neill when he was 54 years old! They remained together until death and had eight children together.

1935: Amelia Earhart Takes on the Hawaii-California Flight Challenge

On January 10, 1935, Hawaiian commercial interests offer a reward of $10,000 to the first person who could fly from Hawaii to North America. Amelia Earhart took on the challenge the very next day and flew to Oakland, California. It was the first flight of its kind and took 18 hours to do. She had already made a name for herself as the first woman to fly the Atlantic Ocean in 1932. Earhart would never accomplish her attempt to fly the world, her plan disappearing in 1937.

2010: The Death of Miep Gies

At the age of 100, Miep Gies died on this day in history. She was one of a small number of people who helped hide Anne Frank and the seven other people she was in hiding with. Unfortunately for the group, they were discovered a year before the end of World War II. Gies did made sure Frank’s notebooks were rescued and returned them to Otto Frank when he was released from the concentration camps, finding he was the only surviving member of his family.

Famous Birthdays on January 11

Emperor Theodosius I “The Great” of Rome–347

Komyo, Emperor of Japan–1322

Michelle of Valois, Duchess of Burgundy–1395

U.S. Founding Father Alexander Hamilton–1755

First U.S. Secretary of Treasury Alexander Hamilton—1757

First Prime Minister of Canada, John A. MacDonald–1815

Selfridge and Co. founder H. George Selfridge—1864

American suffragette Alice Paul–1885

Actor Rod Taylor—1931

Golfer Ben Crenshaw—1952

singer mary J. Blige–1971

Singer Nadia Turner–1977

Actor Ashley Taylor Dawson–1982

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Featured image from Deposit Photos

Birthdays from HistoryNet.com and OnThisDay.com

Image of Amelia Earhart in the public domain (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amelia_Earhart#/media/File:Earhart.jpg)


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