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This Day In History: Jan. 2

Today is the 2nd day of 2008 and the 12th day of winter.

TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1492, the Moors were driven out of Spain as Granada fell to the forces of Ferdinand and Isabella. In 1893, former slave Frederick Douglass delivered an address at the Chicago World's Fair. In 1974, Pres. Richard Nixon signed legislation that required all states to institute a 55-mph highway speed limit or lose federal highway aid. In 2006, a methane gas explosion in a Sago, WV, coal mine trapped 13 miners, only 1 survived.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Tito Schipa (1888-1965), opera tenor; Sir Michael Tippett (1905-98), composer; Isaac Asimov (1920-1992), writer; Roger Miller (1936-1992), singer/songwriter; Jim Bakker (1939- ), former televangelist, is 69; J. Dennis Hastert (1942- ), former speaker of the U.S. House, is 66; Cuba Gooding, Jr. (1968- ), actor, is 40; Christy Turlington (1969- ), model, is 39; Taye Diggs (1971- ), actor/singer, is 37.

TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1984, Miami upset heavily favored Nebraska in the Orange Bowl, 31-30, as Nebraska failed on a two-point conversion at game's end.

TODAY'S QUOTE: "Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will." - Frederick Douglass

TODAY'S FACT: Frederick Douglass was the first African American to receive a vice presidential nomination, with the Equal Rights Party in 1872, but he neither campaigned for nor acknowledged it.

TODAY'S NUMBER: 466 - number of books written by Isaac Asimov, according to his memoir.

TODAY'S MOON: Between last quarter (December 31, 2007) and new moon (January 8, 2008).


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