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January 19

What happened on the day you were born?

In the headlines today:
 
1996 Pro-Chechen hijackers aboard the ferry Avrasya surrender, ending four days of threats to blow up the boat and its 200 passengers on the Black Sea.
 
1993 The Czech Republic and Slovakia are admitted to the United Nations.
 
1990 Arthur J. Goldberg, former Supreme Court justice, and US Ambassador to the United Nations, is found dead in his Washington, DC, apartment at age 81.
 
1983 Former Nazi SS chief Klaus Barbie is arrested in Bolivia.
 
1983 Namibia again comes under the direct rule of South Africa after 5 years of self-government.
 
1981 Iran agrees in principle to the release of 52 Americans held hostage for more than 14 months.
 

1977
Gerald Ford
 On his last day as US president, Gerald Ford pardons Iva Toguri D'Aquino, better known
 as Tokyo Rose, for her acts of treason during WWII.
 (photo credit: NARA)

 

1966 Indira Gandhi is elected prime minister of India.
 


1955
Dwight D. Eisenhower 1953 - 1961: (The American Presidents Series)
Dwight D. Eisenhower becomes the first US president to have a presidential news conference taped for later TV broadcast.
(photo credit: Times Books)


 
1937 Future billionaire Howard Hughes sets a record for transcontinental air flight, making the trip from Los Angeles to New York City in 7 hours, 28 minutes.
 
1927 Empress Charlotte, wife of Mexico's ill-fated Emperor Maximilian, dies.
 
1915 The Germans perform the first aerial bombing of Britain, from a pair of Zeppelin dirigibles during WWI.
 
1907 Variety magazine publishes film reviews for the first time.
 
1861   Georgia joins the Confederacy during the US Civil War.
 

Born today:

1989  Jodie Sweetin - actress

1971  Shawn Wayans - actor

1971  John Wozniak - rock guitarist, singer (Marcy Playground)

1969  Trey Lorenz - singer

1966  Stefan Edberg - tennis player

1961  Paul McCrane - actor

1961  William Ragsdale - actor

1957  Mickey Virtue - reggae keyboardist (UB40)

1956  Katey Sagal - actress

1953  Desi Arnaz, Jr. - actor

1952  Dewey Bunnell - singer, guitarist (America)

1951  Harry McGilberry - singer (The Temptations)

1949  Robert Palmer - singer

1948  Harvard Hinsley - guitarist (Outlaws, Hot Chocolate)

1947  Ann Compton - ABC News correspondent

1946  Dolly Parton - country singer

1944  Shelley Fabares - actress (Coach)

1943  Janis Joplin - blues/rock singer

1942  Michael Crawford - actor, singer

1939  Phil Everly - singer (The Everly Brothers)

1932  Richard Lester - movie director (Help!)

1931  Tippi Hedren - actress (The Birds)

1931  Robert MacNeil - former PBS correspondent

1926  Fritz Weaver - actor

1923  Jean Stapleton - actress (All in the Family)

1917  John Raitt - actor, singer

1813  Henry Bessemer - inventor of steel-making process

1809  Edgar Allan Poe - author

1807  Robert E. Lee - Confederate General

1736  James Watt - steam engine inventor

 

Born today? Your sign of the Zodiac is:
Capricorn   Capricorn    

(The Sea-Goat)

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