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This Day In History: Jan 4

This Day In History

1896: Utah is admitted to the Union as the 45th state.
1964: Pope Paul VI becomes the first pope to leave Italy since 1809 when he flies to Jordan and Israel.
1965: In his State of the Union message, Pres. Lyndon Johnson outlines the Great Society program.
1974: Pres. Richard Nixon rejects subpoenas issued by the Senate Watergate Committee for White House tapes and documents.
1980: Pres. Jimmy Carter announces economic sanctions against the Soviet Union in retaliation for the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.
1995: When the 104th Congress opens, Bob Dole (R, KS) becomes Senate majority leader and Newt Gingrich (R, GA) becomes House speaker.
2004: An Afghan grand council, or loyal jirga, approves a new constitution.
2006: Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon suffers a major stroke; Deputy PM Ehud Olmert assumes powers.

Today's Birthdays

1643: Sir Isaac Newton, English mathematician and physicist who was the central figure in the scientific revolution of the 17th century. (Woolsthorpe, near Grantham, England; died 1727)
1785: Jacob Grimm, folklorist and coauthor of Grimm's Fairy Tales (Hanau, Germany; died 1863)
1809: Louis Braille, inventor of touch system of reading/writing for the blind (Coupvray, France; died 1852)
1838: Gen. Tom Thumb (Charles Stratton), midget entertainer (Bridgeport, CT; died 1883)
1914: Jane Wyman, actress (St. Joseph, MO)
1920: William Colby, director of U.S. central intelligence (St. Paul, MN; died 1996)
1930: Barbara Rush, actress (Denver, CO); Don Shula, football player and coach (Paineville, OH)
1935: Floyd Patterson, champion boxer (Waco, NC; died 2006)
1937: Dyan Cannon, actress (Tacoma, WA)
1940: Gao Xingjian, Chinese-born French novelist, playwright, painter, and Nobel laureate (Ganzhou, China)
1943: Doris Kearns Goodwin, historian and TV commentator (Rockville Centre, NY)
1957: Patty Loveless, actress (Pikeville, KY)
1960: Michael Stipe, singer (Decatur, GA)
1963: Dave Foley, actor (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
1965: Julia Ormond, actress (Epsom, England)

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