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January 02nd Today's Highlights in History

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Saturday, January 02nd
The 002nd day of 2010.
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Today's Highlights in History

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   On Jan. 2, 1905, Japanese Gen. Nogi received from Russian Gen. Stoessel at 9 o'clock P.M. a letter formally offering to surrender, ending the Russo-Japanese War. (Go to article.)

On Jan. 2, 1920, Isaac Asimov, the immensely popular science fiction writer, was born. Following his death on April 6, 1992, his obituary appeared in The Times. (Go to obit. | Other Birthdays)
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   On January 2, 1864, Harper's Weekly featured a cartoon about the Civil War. (See the cartoon and read an explanation.)
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1492    The leader of the last Arab stronghold in Spain surrendered to Spanish forces loyal to King Ferdinand II and Queen Isabella I.

1788    Georgia became the fourth state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.

1900    Secretary of State John Hay announced the Open Door Policy to prompt trade with China.

1935    Bruno Hauptmann went on trial in Flemington, N.J., on charges of kidnapping and murdering the infant son of Charles and Anne Lindbergh. (He was found guilty and executed.)

1942    The Philippine capital of Manila was captured by Japanese forces during World War II.

1960    Sen. John F. Kennedy of Massachusetts announced his candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination.

1965    The New York Jets signed University of Alabama quarterback Joe Namath for a reported $400,000.

1974    President Richard Nixon signed legislation requiring states to limit highway speeds to 55 mph.

1983    The musical play "Annie," based on the "Little Orphan Annie" comic strip, closed on Broadway after 2,377 performances.

1991    Sharon Pratt Dixon was sworn in as mayor of Washington, D.C., becoming the first African-American woman to head a city of Washington's size and prominence.

2006    A methane gas explosion at the Sago Mine in West Virginia trapped 13 miners underground for more than 40 hours; Randal McCloy Jr. was the only survivor.

2008    Oil prices soared to $100 a barrel for the first time.

2009    Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning won a record-tying third NFL Most Valuable Player award.

Current Birthdays

Kate Bosworth turns 27 years old today.

AP Photo/Dan Steinberg Actress Kate Bosworth turns 27 years old today.

70    Jim Bakker
Former TV evangelist

68    Dennis Hastert
Former House speaker

63    Jack Hanna
TV host

43    Tia Carrere

42    Cuba Gooding Jr.

41    Christy Turlington

35    Doug Robb
Rock singer (Hoobastank)

35    Dax Shepard
Actor ("Punk'd")

34    Paz Vega

Historic Birthdays

Isaac Asimov

1/2/1920 - 4/6/1992
American science fiction author
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32    James Wolfe
1/2/1727 - 9/13/1759
English general who captured Quebec

67    Johann Daniel Titius
1/2/1729 - 12/11/1796
Prussian astronomer and physicist

66    Rudolf Clausius
1/2/1822 - 8/24/1888
German mathematical physicist

66    Justin Winsor
1/2/1831 - 10/22/1897
American librarian and historian

68    Ernst Barlach
1/2/1870 - 10/24/1938
German sculpture and playwright

58/59    Tex Rickard
1/2/1870/71 - 1/6/1929
American fight promoter and gambler

79    Albert Coombs Barnes
1/2/1872 - 7/24/1951
American inventor and art collector

24    Saint Theresa of Lisieux
1/2/1873 - 9/30/1897
French Carmelite nun

53    Count Folke Bernadotte
1/2/1895 - 9/17/1948
Swedish diplomat, humanitarian

75    Sally Rand
1/2/1904 - 8/31/1979
American actress and fan dancer

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