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This Day in History: Jan. 7

This Day in History

1761: Ahmad Shah, emir of Afghanistan, successfully battles the Marathas and the Sikhs at Panipat after invading India and capturing Delhi.
1789: The first U.S. presidential election is held, with George Washington the winner.
1929: Two epic comic strips — Tarzan and Buck Rogers , begin publication.
1942: President Roosevelt submits a $59 billion budget to Congress to help fund the war effort. He also asks for new taxes.
1979: Vietnamese troops capture Phnom Penh, overthrowing Cambodian ruler Pol Pot.
1989: Japan's Emperor Hirohito dies after ruling 62 years; he is succeeded by his son, Prince Akihito.
1999: The impeachment trial against President Bill Clinton for perjury before a federal grand jury and obstruction of justice begins in the Senate.
2003: Pres. George W. Bush proposes a tax cut worth $670 billion over ten years, calling for eliminating tax on stock dividends.

Today's Birthdays

1600: Pedro Calderon de la Barca, Spanish dramatist and poet (Madrid, Spain; died 1681)
1800: Millard Fillmore, 13th president of the United States (Cayuga County, NY; died 1874)
1910: Orval Eugene Faubus, governor of Arkansas best known for defying federal desegregation orders (Greasy Creek, AK; died 1994)
1912: Charles Addams, cartoonist whose work inspired the TV series The Addams Family (Westfield, NJ; died 1988)
1922: Vincent Gardenia, actor (Naples, Italy; died 1992); Jean-Pierre Rampal, flautist (Marseilles, France; died 2000)
1928: William Blatty, novelist/screenwriter (New York, NY)
1930: Douglas Kiker, TV journalist (Griffin, GA; died 1991)
1946: Jann Wenner, publisher (New York, NY)
1952: Erin Gray, actress (Honolulu, HI)
1957: Katie Couric, TV anchor (Washington, D.C.)
1964: Nicolas Cage, actor (Long Beach, CA)
1976: Eric Gagne, baseball player (Montreal, Canada)
1977: Dustin Diamond, actor (San Jose, CA)

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