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This Day in History: Jan. 12

This Day in History

1932: Hattie Wyatt Caraway of Arkansas becomes the first woman elected to the Senate.
1945: In World War II, Soviet forces launch a huge offensive against the Germans in Eastern Europe.
1997: Two of the 4 women cadets enrolled in the Citadel military academy resign, saying they'd been assaulted and sexually harassed.

Today's Birthdays

1588: John Winthrop, colonial governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony (Edwardston, England; died 1649)
1628: Charles Perrault, fairy tale writer (Paris, France; died 1703)
1729: Edmund Burke, orator, politician, and philosopher (Dublin, Ireland; died 1797); Lazzaro Spallanzani, Italian physiologist (Scandiano, Italy; died 1799)
1737: John Hancock, patriot/statesman and first signer of the Declaration of Independence (Braintree, MA; died 1793)
1856: John Singer Sargent, portrait painter (Florence, Italy; died 1925)
1876: Jack London, author (San Francisco, CA; died 1916)
1893: Hermann Göring, Nazi leader and commander in chief of the German air force during World War II (Rosenheim, Germany; died 1946)
1910: Luise Rainer, actress (Vienna, Austria)
1920: James Farmer, civil rights leader (Marshall, TX; died 1999)
1926: Ray Price, country singer (Perryville, TX)
1944: Joe Frazier, champion boxer (Beaufort, SC)
1948: Anthony Andrews, actor (London, England)
1951: Kirstie Alley, actress (Wichita, KS); Rush Limbaugh, radio personality (Cape Girardeau, MO)
1954: Howard Stern, radio/TV personality (New York, NY)
1960: Oliver Platt, actor (Windsor, Ont., Canada); Dominique Wilkins, basketball player (Paris, France)
1964: Jeff Bezos, Amazon.com founder and CEO (Albuquequerque, NM)
1982: Dontrelle Willis, baseball player (Oakland, CA)


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