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This Day in History: Jan. 9

This Day in History

1788: Connecticut enters the Union as the fifth of the original 13 states.
Shackleton_corp2866.jpg1793: French aeronaut Jean Pierre Blanchard makes the first balloon ascent in America at Philadelphia.
1861: Mississippi secedes from the Union.
1909: British explorer Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton, commanding the first announced attempt to reach the South Pole, comes within a record-breaking 156 km (97 mi) of his goal.
1945: In World War II, U.S. troops invade Luzon to begin their final push to retake the Philippines.
1964: Following anti-U.S. riots in the Canal Zone, Panama suspends relations with the United States.
1968: The Surveyor 7 space probe makes a successful soft landing on the moon.
1987: The White House releases a 1986 memo showing a link between the U.S. sale of arms to Iran and the release of Americans taken hostage in Lebanon.
2005: Palestinian voters elect Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas as president of the Palestinian Authority (PA).

Today's Birthdays

1859: Carrie Chapman Catt, women's rights leader (Ripion, WI; died 1947)
1878: John B. Watson, behavioral psychologist (Greenville, SC; died 1958)
1898: Gracie Fields, music-hall comedienne (Rochdale, Lancashire, England; died 1979)
1901: Chic Young, cartoonist and creator of Blondie (Chicago, IL; died 1973)
1902: Sir Rudolph Bing, impresario (Vienna, Austria; died 1997)
1908: Simone de Beauvoir, novelist/essayist (France; died 1986)
1913: Richard Nixon, 37th president of the United States (Yorba Linda, CA; died 1994)
1920: Joao Cabral de Melo Neto, poet (Recife, Brazil; died 1999)
1928: Judith Krantz, novelist (New York, NY)
1934: Bart Starr, football quarterback (Montgomery, AL)
1935: Bob Denver, actor (New Rochelle, NY; died 2005)
1941: Joan Baez, singer and political activist (Staten Island, NY)
1942: Susannah York, actress (London, England)
1951: Crystal Gayle, country singer (Paintsville, KY)
1967: Steve Harwell, singer for Smash Mouth (Santa Clara, CA); Dave Matthews, rock singer-musician (Johannesburg, South Africa)
1978: A.J. McLean, Back Street Boys singer (West Palm Beach, FL)

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