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This Day In History: Jan. 5

This Day In History

1492: Spanish forces capture the city of Granada from the Moors, ending 700 years of Muslim rule in Spain.
1777: The British under Charles Cornwallis recapture Trenton from George Washington's army in the Second Battle of Trenton.
1788: Georgia enters the Union as the fourth state.
1959: The USSR launches the moon probe Luna 1, which becomes the first spacecraft to orbit the sun.
1974: Pres. Richard Nixon signs a measure setting highway speeds at a 55 mph maximum.
1992: Russia lifts state price controls on most goods and services—a major economic reform.
2006: A methane gas explosion in a Sago, West Virginia, coal mine traps 13 miners, 12 of whom have died by the time rescuers find them.

Today's Birthdays

1548: Francisco Suárez, Spanish Jesuit theologian and philosopher (Granada, Spain; died 1617)
1779: Zebulon Pike, Army officer and explorer (Lamberton, NJ; died 1813); Stephen Decatur, American naval officer (Sinepuxent, MD; died 1820)
1876: Konrad Adenauer, first chancellor of West Germany (Cologne, Germany; died 1967)
1909: Jean-Pierre Aumont, actor (Paris, France; died 2001)
1918: Jeane Dixon, astrologer (Medford, WI; died 1997)
1921: Friedrich Duerrenmatt, playwright, novelist and essayist (Konolfingen, Switzerland; died 1990)
1928: Walter Mondale, MN senator, vice president, and presidential candidate (Ceylon, MN)
1931: Alvin Ailey, dancer/choreographer and founder of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (Rogers, TX; died 1989); Robert Duvall, actor (San Diego, CA)
1932: Umberto Eco, author (Alessandria, Italy)
1935: Dick Enberg, sportscaster (Auburn Hills, MI)
1938: King Juan Carlos I, king of Spain (Rome, Italy)
1942: Charlie Rose, TV personality and journalist (Henderson, NC)
1946: Diane Keaton, actress (Santa Ana, CA)
1953: George Tenet, former CIA director (Queens, NY)
1954: Pamela Sue Martin, actress (Westport, CT)
1969: Marilyn Manson, singer (Canton, OH)

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