Today In History




Today in History: Wednesday, January  28, 2015
AP Highlight in History:
On Jan. 28, 1986, space shuttle Challenger exploded 73 seconds after liftoff from Cape Canaveral, killing all seven crew members.
 
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1547England's King Henry VIII died.
1813The novel "Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austen was first published anonymously in London.
1853Cuban revolutionary Jose Marti was born in Havana.
1871France surrendered in the Franco-Prussian War.
1909The United States ended direct control over Cuba.
1915The Coast Guard was created by an act of Congress.
1916Louis D. Brandeis was appointed by President Woodrow Wilson to the Supreme Court, becoming its first Jewish member.
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1945During World War II, Allied supplies began reaching China over the newly reopened Burma Road.
1959Vince Lombardi was named head coach of the NFL's Green Bay Packers.
1973A cease-fire officially went into effect in the Vietnam War.
1980Six U.S. diplomats who had avoided being taken hostage at their embassy in Tehran flew out of Iran under false identities.
1999Missouri Gov. Mel Carnahan, honoring a personal request for mercy from Pope John Paul II, spared a triple murderer from execution.
2003President George W. Bush said in his State of the Union address that Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein had sought uranium from Africa. (The claim was later disputed by former ambassador Joseph Wilson, who had been asked by the CIA to investigate.)
2009In a swift victory for President Barack Obama, the Democratic-controlled House approved a $819 billion stimulus bill.
2010Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke won Senate confirmation for a second term.
 
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Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Actor Alan Alda ("M*A*S*H") turns 79 years old today.
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NameProfessionAge
Jeanne ShaheenU.S. senator, D-N.H.68
Barbi BentonActress65
Nicolas SarkozyFormer president of France60
Nick PriceGolfer58
Sarah McLachlanRock singer47
Kathryn MorrisActress ("Cold Case")46
Joey Fatone Jr.Singer ('N Sync)38
Rick RossRapper38
Rosamund PikeActress36
Nick CarterSinger (Backstreet Boys)35
Actor Elijah Wood ("Lord of the Rings" movies) turns 34 years old today.
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