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On this day: January 11

POSTED: 2:39 PM Jan 10 2013   UPDATED: 2:00 AM Jan 11 2015

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 - Ariel Sharon
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2014: Ariel Sharon, the 11th prime minister of Israel, dies eight years after suffering a stroke. Sharon had served as Israeli prime minister from March 7, 2001, until his stroke on Jan. 4, 2006, which left him in a permanent vegetative state. During his time in office, he had orchestrated Israel's unilateral disengagement from the Gaza Strip and was widely expected to push for clearing Israel out of most of the West Bank before his stroke.

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