On this day: January 11

Published On: Jan 10 2013 01:39:09 PM CST   Updated On: Jan 11 2016 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 Mark McGwire admits to steroid use, 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, Maryland.

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