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 - Thomas Hardy
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Library of Congress

1928: English writer Thomas Hardy, best known for such novels as "Far from the Madding Crowd," "The Mayor of Casterbridge," "Tess of the d'Urbervilles" and "Jude the Obscure," dies at the age of 87 in Dorchester, Dorset, England.


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