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This Day In History: Jan. 12

Today is the 12th day of 2008 and the 22nd day of winter.

TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1915, the United States established the Rocky Mountain National Park. In 1932, Hattie Wyatt Caraway of Arkansas became the first woman elected to the Senate. In 1991, a divided Congress authorized Pres. George H.W. Bush to use force in expelling Iraq from Kuwait.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: John Hancock (1737-1793), founding father of the U.S.; Edmund Burke (1729-1797), British statesman; Jack London (1876-1916), writer; Joe Frazier (1944- ), boxer, is 64; Rush Limbaugh (1951- ), radio personality, is 57; Howard Stern (1954- ), radio personality, is 54; Kirstie Alley (1955- ), actress, is 52; Jeff Bezos (1964- ), Amazon.com founder, is 44.

TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1999, Mark McGwire's 70th home run ball was sold in auction to Todd McFarlane, creator of Spawn comics, for $3 million, the most ever paid for a sports artifact.

TODAY'S QUOTE: "Toleration is good for all, or it is good for none." - Edmund Burke

TODAY'S FACT: Amazon.com opened in 1995 but it didn't make a profit until 2002.

TODAY'S NUMBER: 16 - number of women serving at the start of the 110th U.S. Senate.

TODAY'S MOON: Between new moon (January 8) and first quarter (January 15).


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