Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Today in History: Wednesday, January 13, 2016

AP Highlight in History: 
On Jan. 13, 2012, the Italian luxury liner Costa Concordia ran aground off the Tuscan island of Giglio and flipped onto its side; 32 people were killed. (Ship's captain Francesco Schettino faces possible trial on charges of manslaughter and abandoning ship before evacuation was complete.)
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On this date in:
1794President George Washington approved a measure adding two stars and two stripes to the American flag, following the admission of Vermont and Kentucky to the union.
1808Salmon P. Chase, U.S. senator, secretary of the treasury and chief justice of the Supreme Court, was born in Cornish, N.H.
1893Britain's Independent Labor Party, a precursor to the Labor Party, first met.
1898Novelist Emile Zola's "J'accuse" - a defense of Captain Alfred Dreyfus, a French Jew falsely convicted of treason - was published in a Paris newspaper.
1964Karol Wojtyla, the future Pope John Paul II, was appointed archbishop of Krakow, Poland, by Pope Paul VI.
1966Robert C. Weaver became the first black Cabinet member as he was appointed Secretary of Housing and Urban Development by President Lyndon B. Johnson.
1968Country musician Johnny Cash recorded a live concert at Folsom Prison in California.
1978Former Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey died in Waverly, Minn., at age 66.
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1982An Air Florida 737 crashed into the 14th Street Bridge in Washington, D.C., after takeoff and fell into the Potomac River, killing 78 people.
1989New York City subway gunman Bernhard H. Goetz was sentenced to one year in prison for possessing an unlicensed gun that he used to shoot four youths he said were about to rob him.
1990L. Douglas Wilder of Virginia, the nation's first elected black governor, took the oath of office in Richmond.
2000Microsoft chairman Bill Gates stepped aside as chief executive.
2002The off-Broadway musical "The Fantasticks" ended a run of nearly 42 years and 17,162 performances.
Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus ("Seinfeld") turns 55 years old today.
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Frances SternhagenActress86
Rip TaylorComedian82
Billy GrayActor ("Father Knows Best")78
Richard MollActor ("Night Court")73
Trevor RabinRock musician (Yes)62
Trace AdkinsCountry singer54
Penelope Ann MillerActress52
Shonda RhimesTV writer, producer ("Scandal")46
Nicole EggertActress44
Orlando BloomActor ("Pirates of the Caribbean" and "The Lord of the Rings" movies)39
Actor Patrick Dempsey ("Grey's Anatomy") turns 50 years old today.
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