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 - Louis Mayer
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MGM

1927: At a banquet in Los Angeles, Louis B. Mayer, head of the film studio Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, announces the creation of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The group, intended as an organization that would mediate labor disputes and improve the film industry's image, would hold the first Academy Awards two years later.

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