On this day: January 11

POSTED: 11:39 AM PST Jan 10, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PST Jan 10, 2016 

A U.S. marshal dies in the line of duty for the first time, a landmark report points to the hazards of smoking, the designated hitter comes into play, and Mark McGwire admits to steroid use, all on this day.

OTD January 11 - Elton John
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1972: A notice in the British government publication The London Gazette states that Reginald Dwight was legally changing his name to Elton Hercules John. He chose the new name to honor Elton Dean, a saxophonist, and the late Long John Baldry, a British blues musician.


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