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 - Thomas Hardy
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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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