Today in History, Jan. 11: Fed gov't in 1964 warns of smoking dangers

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Here are the highlights chosen by Headline Surfer for Today in History on Jan. 11: 1964 The first government report warning by US Surgeon General Luther Terry reports that smoking may be hazardous to one's health and even lethal in the long run. 

Other key events on this date:

• 1977, France seta off an international uproar by releasing Abu Daoud, a PLO official behind the massacre of Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics.

• 1989, nine days before leaving the White House, President Ronald Reagan bades the nation farewell in a prime-time address, saying of his eight years in office: “We meant to change a nation and instead we changed a world.”

• 2003, calling the death penalty process “arbitrary and capricious, and therefore immoral,” Illinois Gov. George Ryan commutea the sentences of 167 condemned inmates, clearing his state’s death row two days before leaving office.

Birthdays on this date:

  • 1946 Tony Kaye, rocker (Yes)
  • 1947 Anna Calder-Marshall, Kensington England, actress (Zulu Dawn)
  • 1949 Tom Netherton, Munich Germany, singer (Lawrence Welk Show)
  • 1949 [Frederick] Dennis Greene, American singer (Sha Na Na), born in New York, (d. 2015)
  • 1952 Lee Ritenour, jazz musician, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1956 Kuniaki Kobayashi, wrestler (WAR/NJPW)
  • 1957 Darryl Dawkins, American professional basketball player (Philadelphia 76ers, NJ Nets), born in Orlando, Florida (d. 2015)
  • 1958 Lourdes Ann Kananimanu Estores, playmate (Jun, 1982), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1958 Vicki Peterson, rock guitarist/vocalist (Bangles), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1959 Brett Bodine, auto racer
  • 1961 Jasper Fforde, British author
  • 1962 Julie Moran, TV hostess (Entertainment Tonight, Independence Day)
  • 1962 Kim Coles, American actress (Synclaire-Living Single), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1963 Petra Schneider, E German swimming star (world record 400m)
  • 1965 Loredana Romito, Benevento Italy, model/actress (Fatal Temptation)
  • 1965 Olivia Barash, actress (Laura-Out of the Blue), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1967 Richmond Webb, NFL tackle (Miami Dolphins)
  • 1967 Ronnie Stern, St-Agathe, NHL right wing (Calgary Flames)
  • 1968 Ben Rivera, Dominican/US baseball pitcher (Philadelphia Phillies)
  • 1968 Sharon Brown, American actress (Chantal-Generations), born in NYC, New York
  • 1968 Tom Dumont, American musician
  • 1969 Dave Cruikshank, Northbrook Ill, speed skater (Olympics-1994)
  • 1970 Joy Nilo, Filipino Composer
  • 1972 Rey Ordonez, infielder (NY Mets), born in Havana, Cuba
  • 1972 Yang Wenyi, Chinese swim star (WR/OR 50m freestyle)
  • 1973 Dave Dickenson, CFL quarterback (Calgary Stampeders)
  • 1974 Echo Leta Johnson, playmate (Jan, 1993), born in Austin, Texas
  • 1974 Warren Morris, Alexandria LA, baseball infielder (Olympics-bronze-96)
  • 1975 Rory Fitzpatrick, NHL defenseman (Montreal Canadiens), born in Rochester, New York
  • 1976 Efthimios Rentzias, Greek basketball player
  • 1977 Nadia Turner, American singer
  • 1978 Emile Heskey, English footballer
  • 1979 Siti Nurhaliza, Malaysian singer
  • 1980 Deanna Wright, American actress
  • 1981 Jamelia Niela Davis, English singer, born in Birmingham, England
  • 1982 Son Ye-jin, South Korean actress
  • 1983 Adrian Sutil, German racing driver
  • 1985 Rie fu, Japanese singer
  • 1987 Scotty Cranmer, American professional BMX rider

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