January 11 in history

January 11 events chronologically

1055 Theodora is crowned Empress of the Byzantine Empire
1158 Vladislav II becomes King of Bohemia
1569 First recorded lottery in England
1571 Austrian nobility is granted freedom of religion
1693 A powerful earthquake destroys parts of Sicily and Malta
1759 In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the first American life insurance company is incorporated
1779 Ching-Thang Khomba is crowned King of Manipur

Top 7 most famous people born on January 11

1755 Alexander Hamilton a founding father of the United States, chief staff aide to General George Washington, one of the most influential interpreters and promoters of the U.S. Constitution, the founder of the nation's financial system, and the founder of the first political party
1842 William James an American philosopher and psychologist who was also trained as a physician. The first educator to offer a psychology course in the United States, James was one of the leading thinkers of the late nineteenth century and is believed by many to be one of the most influential philosophers the United States has ever produced, while others have labelled him the "Father of American psychology". Along with Charles Sanders Peirce and John Dewey, he is considered to be one of the major figures associated with the philosophical school known as pragmatism, and is also cited as one of the founders of functional psychology. He also developed the philosophical perspective known as radical empiricism. James' work has influenced intellectuals such as Émile Durkheim, E. Du Bois, Edmund Husserl, Bertrand Russell, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Hilary Putnam, and Richard Rorty
1859 George Curzon 1st Marquess Curzon of Kedleston a British Conservative statesman who was the Viceroy of India and the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, but who was passed over as Prime Minister in 1923 in favour of Stanley Baldwin. He was a key figure in instituting the 1905 Partition of Bengal, which led to a major political crisis for the British Empire. He drew the Curzon Line in Eastern Europe. His character polarised opinion amongst his contemporaries, "sow gratitude and resentment along his path with equally lavish hands" He quarrelled endlessly and his arrogance and inflexibility made even more enemies. Critics have been negative in contrasting his enormous talents and energy on behalf of British imperialism with his mixed results and unrealized ambitions
1934 Jean Chrétien the 20th Prime Minister of Canada. He served in the position for over ten years, from November 4, 1993 to December 12, 2003
1975 Matteo Renzi an Italian politician who has been Prime Minister of Italy since 22 February 2014, President of the Council of the European Union since 1 July 2014 and the Secretary of the Democratic Party since 15 December 2013. He was previously the President of the Province of Florence from 2004 to 2009 and the Mayor of Florence from 2009 to 2014
1978 Emile Heskey an English professional footballer who recently played for Newcastle Jets as a striker. Before joining the Australian club, he made more than 500 appearances in the Football League and Premier League over an 18-year career, and represented England in international football
1979 Siti Nurhaliza a Malaysian singer, songwriter, record producer, television presenter and businesswoman.

Top 7 most famous people died on January 11

1928 Thomas Hardy an English novelist and poet. A Victorian realist in the tradition of George Eliot, he was influenced both in his novels and in his poetry by Romanticism, especially William Wordsworth. Charles Dickens was another important influence. Like Dickens, he was highly critical of much in Victorian society, though Hardy focused more on a declining rural society
1941 Emanuel Lasker a German chess player, mathematician, and philosopher who was World Chess Champion for 27 years. In his prime Lasker was one of the most dominant champions, and he is still generally regarded as one of the strongest players ever
1966 Lal Bahadur Shastri the Second Prime Minister of the Republic of India and a leader of the Indian National Congress party.
1988 Isidor Isaac Rabi used in magnetic resonance imaging. He was also involved in the development of the cavity magnetron, which is used in microwave radar and microwave ovens
2008 Edmund Hillary a New Zealand mountaineer, explorer and philanthropist. On 29 May 1953, Hillary and Nepalese Sherpa mountaineer Tenzing Norgay became the first climbers to reach the summit of Mount Everest. They were part of the ninth British expedition to Everest, led by John Hunt. Hillary was named by Time as one of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century
2013 Aaron Swartz an American computer programmer, writer, political organizer and Internet hacktivist who committed suicide in the context of a prosecution that was widely believed to be overly zealous and inappropriate. Swartz was involved in the development of the web feed format RSS and the Markdown publishing format, the organization Creative Commons, the website framework web.py and the social news site, Reddit, in which he became a partner after its merger with his company, Infogami
2014 Ariel Sharon an Israeli politician and general, who served as the 11th Prime Minister of Israel until he was incapacitated by a stroke.