Saturday, January 2, 2016

Today in History: Saturday, January 02, 2016

AP Highlight in History: 
On Jan. 2, 1960, Sen. John F. Kennedy of Massachusetts announced his candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination.
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On this date in:
1492The leader of the last Arab stronghold in Spain surrendered to Spanish forces loyal to King Ferdinand II and Queen Isabella I.
1788Georgia became the fourth state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.
1900Secretary of State John Hay announced the Open Door Policy to prompt trade with China.
1935Bruno Hauptmann went on trial in Flemington, N.J., on charges of kidnapping and murdering the infant son of Charles and Anne Lindbergh. (He was found guilty and executed.)
1965The New York Jets signed University of Alabama quarterback Joe Namath for a reported $400,000.
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1974President Richard Nixon signed legislation requiring states to limit highway speeds to 55 mph.
1981Police in Sheffield, England, arrested Peter Sutcliffe, who confessed to being the "Yorkshire Ripper," the serial killer of 13 women.
1991Sharon Pratt Dixon was sworn in as mayor of Washington, D.C., becoming the first African-American woman to head a city of Washington's size and prominence.
2006A methane gas explosion at the Sago Mine in West Virginia trapped 13 miners underground for more than 40 hours; only one survived.
2008Oil prices soared to $100 a barrel for the first time.
Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Actress Kate Bosworth turns 33 years old today.
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Jim BakkerFormer TV evangelist76
Dennis HastertFormer House speaker74
Jack HannaTV host69
Tia CarrereActress49
Cuba Gooding Jr.Actor48
Christy TurlingtonModel47
Taye DiggsActor45
Paz VegaActress40
Actor Dax Shepard turns 41 years old today.
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