Friday, January 15, 2016

Today in History: Thursday, January 14, 2016

AP Highlight in History: 
On Jan. 14, 2011, Tunisian protesters enraged over soaring unemployment and corruption drove President Zine El Abdine Ben Ali from power after 23 years of iron-fisted rule.
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On this date in:
1639Connecticut's first constitution, the Fundamental Orders, was adopted.
1784The United States ratified a peace treaty with England ending the Revolutionary War.
1898Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, who wrote "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" under the pen name Lewis Carroll, died in Guildford, England, at age 65.
1952NBC's "Today" show premiered.
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1953Josip Broz Tito was elected president of Yugoslavia by the country's Parliament.
1954Baseball player Joe Dimaggio and actress Marilyn Monroe were married at San Francisco City Hall.
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1963George C. Wallace was sworn in as governor of Alabama with a pledge of "segregation forever."
1970Diana Ross and the Supremes performed their last concert together, at the Frontier Hotel in Las Vegas.
1993Late-night TV talk show host David Letterman announced he was moving from NBC to CBS.
1994President Bill Clinton and Russian President Boris Yeltsin signed accords in Moscow to stop aiming missiles at any nation and to dismantle the nuclear arsenal of Ukraine.
2004Former Enron finance chief Andrew Fastow pleaded guilty to conspiracy as he accepted a 10-year prison sentence.
2004J.P. Morgan Chase and Co. struck a deal to buy Bank One Corp. for $58 billion.
2004President George W. Bush unveiled a plan to send astronauts to the moon, Mars and beyond.
2005Army Specialist Charles Graner Jr., the reputed ringleader of a band of rogue guards at the Abu Ghraib prison, was convicted at Fort Hood, Texas, of abusing Iraqi detainees. (He was later sentenced to 10 years in prison.)
2005A European space probe sent back the first detailed pictures of the frozen surface of Saturn's moon, Titan.
2008Republican Bobby Jindal, the first elected Indian-American governor in the United States, took office in Louisiana.
Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Rock singer-musician Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters) turns 47 years old today.
AP Photo/Matt Sayles
Jack JonesSinger78
Allen ToussaintR&B singer, songwriter78
Julian BondCivil rights activist76
Faye DunawayActress75
Holland TaylorActress73
T-Bone BurnettRock singer, producer68
Carl WeathersActor68
Lawrence KasdanScreenwriter, director67
Maureen DowdColumnist64
Shepard SmithBroadcast journalist ("The Fox Report")52
Emily WatsonActress49
LL Cool JRapper, actor48
Jason BatemanActor ("Arrested Development")47
Caleb FollowillRock musician (Kings of Leon)34
Zach GilfordActor ("The Mob Doctor," "Friday Night Lights")34
Director Steven Soderbergh turns 53 years old today.
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