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On this day: January 11

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

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 Beckham heads to America, all on this day.

OTD January 11 - Illinois death penalty
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2003: Having lost confidence in the state's penal system in the wake of accusations that Chicago police detective Jon Burge used torture to extract confessions out of hundreds of suspects, Illinois Gov. George Ryan commutes the death sentences of 167 prisoners on Illinois' death row. Illinois would eventually abolish the death penalty in 2011.

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