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 - Francis Scott Key
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1843: American lawyer Francis Scott Key, the writer of the poem that became the American national anthem, dies of pleurisy, an inflammation of the pleural cavity surrounding the lungs, at the age of 63 in Baltimore, Md.

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