On January 11:
1569 First recorded lottery in England.
1786 Joseph Jackson Lister, English opticist and physicist, was born.
1807 Ezra Cornell, American businessman and university founder, was born.
1846 Ruapekapeka pa was occupied by British troops. Debate raged as to whether the pa was simply abandoned by its defenders or captured by the British.
1879 The Anglo-Zulu War began.
1885 Jack Hoxie, American actor, rodeo performer, was born.
1915 – Robert Blair Mayne, British soldier, co-founder Special Air Service, was born.
1922 First use of insulin to treat diabetes in a human patient.
1934 Sir Charles Antony Richard Hoare, British computer scientist, was born.
1935 Amelia Earhart was the first woman to fly solo from Hawaii to California.
1938 Arthur Scargill, British politician, was born.
1949 First recorded case of snowfall in Los Angeles.
1962 An avalanche on Huascaran in Peru caused 4,000 deaths.
1964 – United States Surgeon General Dr. Luther Leonidas Terry, M.D., published a report saying that smoking may be hazardous to health – the first such statement made by the U.S. government.
1986 The Gateway Bridge, Brisbane in Queensland was officially opened.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia.