Today in History

  • Thursday, January 2, 2014 11:42am
  • Life

Today is Sunday, Jan. 5, the fifth day of 2014. There are 360 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On Jan. 5, 1964, during his visit to the Holy Land, Pope Paul VI met with Patriarch Athenagoras I of Constantinople in Jerusalem.

On this date:

In 1589, Catherine de Medici (MEHD’-uh-chee) of France died at age 69.

In 1781, a British naval expedition led by Benedict Arnold burned Richmond, Va.

In 1895, French Capt. Alfred Dreyfus, convicted of treason, was publicly stripped of his rank. (He was ultimately vindicated.)

In 1914, auto industrialist Henry Ford announced he was going to pay workers $5 for an 8-hour day, as opposed to $2.34 for a 9-hour day. (Employees still worked six days a week; the 5-day work week was instituted in 1926.)

In 1925, Nellie T. Ross of Wyoming became America’s first female governor.

In 1933, the 30th president of the United States, Calvin Coolidge, died in Northampton, Mass., at age 60. Construction began on the Golden Gate Bridge. (Work was completed four years later.)

In 1949, in his State of the Union address, President Harry S. Truman labeled his administration the Fair Deal.

In 1957, President Dwight D. Eisenhower proposed assistance to countries to help them resist Communist aggression in what became known as the Eisenhower Doctrine.

In 1970, Joseph A. Yablonski, an unsuccessful candidate for the presidency of the United Mine Workers of America, was found murdered with his wife and daughter at their Clarksville, Pa., home. (UMWA President Tony Boyle and seven others were convicted of, or pleaded guilty to, the killings.) “All My Children” premiered on ABC-TV.

In 1972, President Richard Nixon announced that he had ordered development of the space shuttle.

In 1983, President Ronald Reagan announced he was nominating Elizabeth Dole to succeed Drew Lewis as secretary of transportation; Dole became the first woman to head a Cabinet department in Reagan’s administration, and the first to head the DOT.

In 1994, Thomas P. “Tip” O’Neill, former speaker of the House of Representatives, died in Boston at age 81.

Today’s Birthdays

Former Vice President Walter F. Mondale is 86. Actor Robert Duvall is 83. Pro Football Hall of Fame coach Chuck Noll is 82. King Juan Carlos of Spain is 76. Talk show host Charlie Rose is 72. Actress-director Diane Keaton is 68. Actor Ted Lange (lanj) is 66. Rhythm-and-blues musician George “Funky” Brown (Kool and the Gang) is 65. Rock musician Chris Stein (Blondie) is 64. Former CIA Director George Tenet is 61. Actress Pamela Sue Martin is 61. Actor Clancy Brown is 55. Singer Iris Dement is 53. Actor Ricky Paull (correct) Goldin is 49. Actor Vinnie Jones is 49. Rock musician Kate Schellenbach (Luscious Jackson) is 48. Dancer-choreographer Carrie Ann Inaba is 46. Actress Heather Paige Kent is 45. Rock singer Marilyn Manson is 45. Actor Shea Whigham is 45. Actor Bradley Cooper is 39. Actress January Jones is 36. Actress Brooklyn Sudano is 33.

Thought for Today

“Wisdom is divided into two parts: (a) having a great deal to say, and (b) not saying it.” — Author unknown.

Associated Press

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