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On January third, 1959,
President Eisenhower signed a
proclamation admitting Alaska to the Union as the
In 1521, Martin Luther was excommunicated from
the Roman Catholic Church.
In 1777, General
George Washington's army routed the British in
the Battle of Princeton, New Jersey.
In 1868, the Meiji
Restoration re-established the authority of
Japan's emperor and heralded the fall of the
military rulers known as "shoguns."
In 1892, J.R.R.
Tolkein, author of the "Lord of the
Rings" trilogy, was born in Bloemfontein,
In 1938, the
"March of Dimes" campaign to fight
polio was organized.
congressional proceedings were televised for the
first time as viewers in Washington, Philadelphia
and New York got to see some of the opening
ceremonies of the 80th Congress.
In 1961, the
United States severed diplomatic relations with
In 1967, Jack
Ruby, the man who shot accused presidential
assassin Lee Harvey Oswald, died in a Dallas
conservationist Joy Adamson, author of "Born
Free," was killed in northern Kenya by a
In 1993, President
Bush and Russian President Boris Yeltsin signed a
historic nuclear missile-reduction treaty in
Ten years ago:
Ousted Panamanian leader Manuel Noriega
surrendered to US forces, ten days after taking
refuge in the Vatican's diplomatic mission
following the US invasion of his country.
Five years ago:
The Postal Service raised the price of a
first-class stamp to 32 cents. Mexican President
Ernesto Zedillo announced an emergency plan for
wage and price controls and budget cuts to
stabilize the peso and combat spiraling
One year ago:
Chicagoans dug out from their biggest snowstorm
in more than 30 years. Israeli authorities
detained 14 members of Concerned Christians, a
Denver-based cult, later expelling all of them.
(Israeli officials feared the group was plotting
violence in Jerusalem in order to bring about the
Second Coming of Jesus Christ.)
"Experience is a
wonderful thing; it enables you to recognize a
mistake every time you repeat it."