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This Day In History: Jan. 9

Today is the 9th day of 2008 and the 19th day of winter.

TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1788, Connecticut ratified the U.S. Constitution and became the fifth U.S. state. In 1905, nervous guards at the Winter Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia, opened fire on unarmed protesters, killing about 200 and sparking revolution. In 1945, Gen. Douglas MacArthur and the American 6th Army invaded the island of Luzon in the Philippines. In 2005, Mahmoud Abbas, Chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), was elected president of the Palestinian Authority.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Chic Young (1901-1973), creator of Blondie; Simone de Beauvoir (1908-1986), writer; Richard Nixon (1913-1994), U.S. president; Judith Krantz (1928- ), writer, is 80; Bob Denver (1935-2005), actor; Joan Baez (1941- ), singer, is 67; Mark Martin (1959- ), NASCAR driver, is 49; Dave Matthews (1967- ), musician, is 41.

TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1972, the Milwaukee Bucks ended the L.A. Lakers' record 33-game winning streak with a 120-104 win.

TODAY'S QUOTE: "Don't get the impression that you arouse my anger... You see, one can only be angry with those he respects." - Richard Nixon

TODAY'S FACT: The comic strip "Blondie," launched by Chic Young in 1930, eventually appeared in more than 2,000 newspapers around the world and was the subject of a 1995 stamp commemorating the centennial of the American comic strip.

TODAY'S NUMBER: 1,057 - number of rooms in the Winter Palace. It is now part of the Hermitage museum.

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


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