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January 03rd Today's Highlights in History

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« on: January 06, 2010, 07:00:49 am »

Sunday, January 03rd
The 003rd day of 2010.
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Today's Highlights in History

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   On Jan. 3, 1959, President Eisenhower signed a proclamation admitting Alaska to the Union as the 49th state. (Go to article.)

On Jan. 3, 1793, Lucretia Mott, an early proponent of the women's rights movement in America, was born. Following her death on Nov. 11, 1880, her obituary appeared in The Times. (Go to obit. | Other Birthdays)
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   On January 3, 1874, Harper's Weekly featured a cartoon about women's rights. (See the cartoon and read an explanation.)
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1521    Martin Luther was excommunicated from the Roman Catholic Church.

1777    Gen. George Washington's army routed the British in the Battle of Princeton, N.J.

1833    Britain seized control of the Falkland Islands in the South Atlantic.

1868    The Meiji Restoration re-established the authority of Japan's emperor and heralded the fall of the military rulers known as shoguns.

1892    J.R.R. Tolkien, author of the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, was born in Bloemfontein, South Africa.

1938    The March of Dimes campaign to fight polio was organized.

1947    Congressional proceedings were televised for the first time as viewers in Washington, Philadelphia and New York City saw some of the opening ceremonies of the 80th Congress.

1961    The United States severed diplomatic relations with Cuba.

1967    Jack Ruby, the man who fatally shot accused presidential assassin Lee Harvey Oswald, died in a Dallas hospital.

1990    Ousted Panamanian leader Manuel Noriega surrendered to U.S. forces, 10 days after taking refuge in the Vatican's diplomatic mission in Panama City.

1997    Bryant Gumbel signed off for the last time as host of NBC's "Today" show.

2000    The last new daily "Peanuts" comic strip by Charles Schulz ran in 2,600 newspapers.

2004    NASA's Mars rover, Spirit, touched down on the red planet.

2006    Lobbyist Jack Abramoff pleaded guilty to conspiracy, mail fraud and tax evasion and agreed to cooperate in investigations of corruption in Congress.

2008    Barack Obama won the Democratic caucuses in Iowa.

2009    After seven days of pummeling the Gaza Strip from the air, Israel launched a ground offensive; Hamas vowed that Gaza would be a "graveyard" for the Israelis.

Current Birthdays

Eli Manning turns 29 years old today.

AP Photo/Evan Pinkus New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning turns 29 years old today.


84    George Martin
Record producer

80    Robert Loggia
Actor

78    Dabney Coleman
Actor

71    Bobby Hull
Hockey Hall of Famer

64    John Paul Jones
Rock musician (Led Zeppelin)

60    Victoria Principal
Actress ("Dallas")

54    Mel Gibson
Actor, director

42    Shannon Sturges
Actress

35    Jason Marsden
Actor

35    Danica McKellar
Actress ("The Wonder Years")

Historic Birthdays

Lucretia Mott

1/3/1793 - 11/11/1880
Early proponent of the American women's rights movement
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86    Heinrich Wilheim von Gerstenberg
1/3/1737 - 11/1/1823
German theorist of Sturm & Drang literary movement

82    Robert Whitehead
1/3/1823 - 11/14/1905
British engineer, invented the modern torpedo

49    Father Damien
1/3/1840 - 4/15/1889
Belgian missionary to Hawaiian lepers

71    Sir Henry Alfred Lytton
1/3/1865 - 8/15/1936
English Gilbert and Sullivan star

84    Clement Attlee
1/3/1883 - 10/8/1967
English prime minister (1945-51)

81    J. R. R. Tolkien
1/3/1892 - 9/2/1973
English novelist and scholar

84    T. Claude Ryan
1/3/1898 - 9/11/1982
American aircraft manufacturer; designed the Spirit of St Louis

62    Dinh Diem Ngo
1/3/1901 - 11/2/1963
South Vietnamese president (1955-63)

86    Boris Kochno
1/3/1904 - 1/8/1990
Russian-born French ballet librettist

22    Morten Nielsen
1/3/1922 - 8/29/1944
Danish poet & resistance fighter


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