Today In History

Associated Press

Today in History: Thursday, January  07, 2016
AP Highlight in History:
On Jan. 7, 1789, the first U.S. presidential election was held. Americans voted for electors who, a month later, chose George Washington to be the nation’s first president.
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On this date in:
1800 Millard Fillmore, the 13th president of the United States, was born in Summerhill, N.Y.
1927 Commercial transatlantic telephone service was inaugurated between New York and London.
1942 The World War II siege of Bataan began.
1953 President Harry S. Truman announced in his State of the Union address that the United States had developed a hydrogen bomb.
1955 Singer Marian Anderson made her debut with the Metropolitan Opera in New York, becoming the first black person to perform there as a member.
1959 The United States recognized Fidel Castro’s new government in Cuba.
1972 Lewis F. Powell Jr. and William H. Rehnquist were sworn in as the 99th and 100th members of the Supreme Court.
1979 Vietnamese forces captured the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh, overthrowing the Khmer Rouge government.
1989 Japanese Emperor Hirohito died at age 87.
1996 A major blizzard paralyzed the eastern United States, claiming more than 100 lives.
1997 Newt Gingrich became the first Republican re-elected House speaker in 68 years.
1999 President Bill Clinton’s impeachment trial began in the Senate.
2005 Actor Brad Pitt and actress Jennifer Aniston announced they were separating after four years of marriage.
2006 American journalist Jill Carroll was abducted in Iraq and a translator was killed. (Carroll was released unharmed after 82 days.)
2006 Rep. Tom DeLay, R-Texas, facing corruption charges, stepped down as House majority leader.
Today’s Birthdays:
Talk show host Katie Couric turns 59 years old today.
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Name Profession Age
Jann Wenner Magazine publisher (Rolling Stone) 70
Kenny Loggins Rock singer 68
David Caruso Actor (“CSI: Miami”) 60
John Thune U.S. senator, R-S.D. 55
Nicolas Cage Actor 52
Nick Clegg Deputy British prime minister 49
Jeremy Renner Actor (“The Hurt Locker”) 45
John Rich Country musician (Big and Rich) 42
U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., turns 53 years old today.
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