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On this day: January 11

Published On: Jan 10 2013 01:39:09 PM CST   Updated On: Jan 11 2013 01:00:00 AM CST

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 - 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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