Sunday, January 3, 2016

Today in History: Sunday, January 03, 2016

AP Highlight in History: 
On Jan. 3, 1959, Alaska became the 49th state.
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On this date in:
1521Martin Luther was excommunicated from the Roman Catholic Church.
1777Gen. George Washington's army routed the British in the Battle of Princeton, N.J.
1868The Meiji Restoration re-established the authority of Japan's emperor and heralded the fall of the military rulers known as shoguns.
1892J.R.R. Tolkien, author of the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, was born in Bloemfontein, South Africa.
1938The March of Dimes campaign to fight polio was organized.
1961The United States severed diplomatic relations with Cuba.
1967Jack Ruby, the man who fatally shot accused presidential assassin Lee Harvey Oswald, died in a Dallas hospital.
1990Ousted Panamanian leader Manuel Noriega surrendered to U.S. forces, 10 days after taking refuge in the Vatican's diplomatic mission in Panama City.
Audio LinkPresident George H.W. Bush announces the surrender
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2000The last new daily "Peanuts" comic strip by Charles Schulz ran in 2,600 newspapers.
2004NASA's Mars rover, Spirit, touched down on the red planet.
2006Lobbyist Jack Abramoff pleaded guilty to conspiracy, mail fraud and tax evasion and agreed to cooperate in investigations of corruption in Congress.
2009After seven days of pummeling the Gaza Strip from the air, Israel launched a ground offensive.
Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning turns 35 years old today.
AP Photo/Seth Wenig
George MartinRecord producer90
Robert LoggiaActor86
Dabney ColemanActor84
Bobby HullHockey Hall of Famer77
John Paul JonesRock musician (Led Zeppelin)70
Victoria PrincipalActress ("Dallas")66
Mel GibsonActor, director60
Shannon SturgesActress48
Danica McKellarActress ("The Wonder Years")41
Rock musician Stephen Stills (Crosby, Stills and Nash) turns 71 years old today.
AP Photo/Tony Avelar
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