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January 04th Today's Highlights in History

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« on: January 06, 2010, 07:04:41 am »

Monday, January 04th
The 004th day of 2010.
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Today's Highlights in History

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   On Jan. 4, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson outlined the goals of his ''Great Society'' in his State of the Union address. (Go to article.)

On Jan. 4, 1896, Everett McKinley Dirksen, Republican leader of the Senate from 1959-1969, was born. Following his death on Sept. 7, 1969, his obituary appeared in The Times. (Go to obit. | Other Birthdays)
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   On January 4, 1873, Harper's Weekly featured a cartoon about the Tweed Ring. (See the cartoon and read an explanation.)
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1896    Utah was admitted to the Union as the 45th state.

1948    Britain granted independence to Burma.

1951    North Korean and Communist Chinese forces captured the city of Seoul during the Korean War.

1960    Nobel Prize-winning French author Albert Camus died in a car accident at age 46.

1965    Poet T.S. Eliot died at age 76.

1974    President Richard Nixon refused to hand over tape recordings and documents subpoenaed by the Senate Watergate Committee.

1990    Charles Stuart, who had claimed a gunman had killed his pregnant wife and wounded him, leaped to his death from a Boston Harbor bridge after he became a suspect.

1990    Deposed Panamanian leader Manuel Noriega was arraigned in federal district court in Miami on drug-trafficking charges.

1995    The 104th Congress convened, the first entirely under Republican control since the Eisenhower era; Newt Gingrich was elected speaker of the House.

1999    Former professional wrestler Jesse Ventura was sworn in as governor of Minnesota.

2004    Afghans approved a new constitution.

2004    Georgians overwhelmingly elected Mikhail Saakashvili president, two months after he'd led protests that forced Eduard Shevardnadze to step down.

2006    Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon suffered a stroke and his powers were transferred to his deputy, Ehud Olmert.

2007    Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., became the first female speaker of the House.

2008    The government reported that the nation's jobless rate hit 5 percent in December 2007, a two-year high, fanning recession fears.

Current Birthdays

Michael Stipe turns 50 years old today.

AP Photo/Peter Kramer Rock singer Michael Stipe (R.E.M.) turns 50 years old today.


83    Barbara Rush
Actress

80    Don Shula
Hall of Fame football coach

73    Dyan Cannon
Actress

70    Gao Xingjian
Nobel Prize-winning author

67    Doris Kearns Goodwin
Author, historian

54    Bernard Sumner
Rock musician (New Order)

53    Patty Loveless
Country singer

47    Dave Foley
Actor, comedian ("NewsRadio")

45    Cait O'Riordan
Rock musician (The Pogues)

44    Deana Carter
Country singer

43    Benjamin Darvill
Rock musician (Crash Test Dummies)

Historic Birthdays

Everett McKinley Dirksen

1/4/1896 - 9/7/1969
American politician and Republican leader of the Senate
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75    James Ussher
1/4/1581 - 3/21/1656
Anglo-Irish prelate; calculated age of the Earth from the Bible

26    Giovanni Battista Pergolesi
1/4/1710 - 3/16/1736
Italian composer

67    Benjamin Rush
1/4/1746 - 4/19/1813
American physician, political leader and signer of the Declaration of Independence

71    Francois Rude
1/4/1784 - 11/3/1855
French sculptor

78    Jacob Grimm
1/4/1785 - 9/20/1863
German scholar and author, with Wilhelm Carl Grimm, of Grimm's Fairy Tales

84    Sir Isaac Newton
1/4/1643-3/31/1727
English physicist and father of modern science

53    Wilhelm Beer
1/4/1797 - 3/27/1850
German astronomer; made first map of moon

43    Louis Braille
1/4/1809 - 1/6/1852
French educator and inventor of Braille

84    Sir Isaac Pitman
1/4/1813 - 1/12/1897
English educator and inventor of shorthand

38    Wilhelm Lehmbruck
1/4/1881 - 3/25/1919
German sculpture

87    Leroy Randle Grumman
1/4/1895 - 10/4/1982
American aeronautical engineer and founder of Grumman Aircraft


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