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This Day In History: Feb. 6

Today is the 37th day of 2008 and the 47th day of winter.

TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1778, representatives of the United States and France signed an alliance in Paris. In 1788, Massachusetts ratified the U.S. Constitution and became the 6th U.S. state. In 1952, Britain's King George VI died of cancer. In 1998, President Bill Clinton signed a bill changing the name of Washington National Airport to Ronald Reagan National Airport. In 2001, Ariel Sharon was elected prime minister of Israel.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Christopher Marlowe (1564-1593), dramatist/poet; Aaron Burr (1756-1836), politician/U.S. vice president; Babe Ruth (1895-1948), baseball player; Zsa Zsa Gabor (1917- ), actress, is 91; Bob Marley (1945-1981), musician; Ronald Reagan (1911-2004), 40th U.S. president; Tom Brokaw (1940- ), journalist/author, is 68.

TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1958, the Boston Red Sox signed Ted Williams for $135,000, at the time the highest salary in baseball history.

TODAY'S QUOTE: "Status quo, you know, that is Latin for 'the mess we're in.'" - Ronald Reagan

TODAY'S FACT: Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform and chairman of the Reagan Legacy Project, lead the effort to rename Washington National Airport after Ronald Reagan.

TODAY'S NUMBER: 76 - percentage of Israel's population that is Jewish.

TODAY'S MOON: New moon (February 6).

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