History of January 11 brings you a tale of some historically important events. Be it Amelia’s iconic flight or discovery of Uranus’s moons. As we move forward in 2021, let’s revisit some of the life-altering changes of the past. What would happen if we never discovered the significance of Insulin in the human body? Also, did you know how the names of moons were decided? Dive in, to know more!
1787- Discovery of Titania and Oberon
William Herschel’s discovery of Titania and Oberon is very significant. These are among the twenty-seven moons of Uranus. Later Voyage two spacecraft’s visit confirmed his discovery. Oberon is relatively very old and huge compared to Titania. However, a more interesting aspect of this is the names of the moons. While mythological characters name are used for natural celestial bodies. William Shakespeare’s plays contribute names for these moons. Not only that, but works of Alexander Pope also inspire the names of the moon.
1864- Charing Cross Station opens in London
Originally it was called the Southern Eastern Railway. Total construction cost was £300,000 which is equivalent to today’s forty million dollars. By the end of the nineteenth century, it became the main terminal for boat trains and international services. Due to an accident, it was severely damaged. However, it served an important meeting spot in World War One. But in World War two, many bombs exploded at the station. It reopened in 1951. In the late eighties, Terry Farrell built it as an Embankment place.
1897- First woman state senator in the US
M.H. Cannon was also a physician and Utah women’s rights activist. She won elections against her husband on November 3, 1896. Cannon joined the office as a first woman state senator in the US on January 11. She was the author of Utah Sanitation laws. She was the founder of Utah’s State Board of Health. Her activism was not only limited to women. She ensured proper education for physically disabled people. Bill to protect female health at the workplace provided women with some rest. It is important to note that no such relief was provided and often left women exhausted. Her efforts create inspiration for many.
1908– Roosevelt declares Grand Canyon as National Monument
It was the fifteenth National Monument of that time. Grand Canyon Parashant National Monument has its origin way before 1908. It is an archaeological site documenting Ancestral Puebloan and Southern Paiute cultures. The Grand Canyon is classic due to layered rocks with a rich history and unique species. Though Roosevelt wanted it to be a National Monument, it was not as easy. However, to conserve the monument and park, it was an important step. Later, UNESCO recognised it as the World Heritage Site.
1922- Insulin first used to treat diabetes
Just like today’s COVID-19, diabetes was once a life-threatening disease. In the early nineties, diabetic patients didn’t live for long. Doctors would restrict them to minimize carbohydrate intake. These diets require patients to take four hundred and fifty calories only! Leonard Thompson, a fourteen-year-old boy, received first Insulin on January 11. He was severely diabetic and on verge of his death. After he received his first dose, his blood glucose level decreased significantly. This created a huge roar of victory. Later Banting and Macleod received the Nobel Prize in Medicine.
1935- Amelia Earhart’s Honolulu-to-California first flight
Achievements of Amelia Earhart is difficult to summarize in one paragraph. A more difficult task will be understanding her impact on young aviators across the world. One of her numerous achievements includes her first flight across the Pacific ocean. Civilian aircraft with a two-way radio was used for the first time. She received many awards for her sheer courage and strong will. American Distinguished Flying Cross and Cross of the French Legion of Honor are some of them.
2007- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Written
After seventeen years of writing, the epic saga of Harry Potter finally comes to an end. It is the seventh novel of the series. However, two movies of the same name were directed. On an opening day, it sold eight-and-a-half million copies. It holds a record of ‘most novels sold within twenty-four hours of its release’. Later, the American Library Association called it “Best book for Young Adults”.