Today in History

  • Friday, January 14, 2011 12:01am
  • Life

Today is Friday, Jan. 14, the 14th day of 2011. There are 351 days left in the year.

Today’s highlight:

On Jan. 14, 1784, the United States ratified a peace treaty with England, ending the Revolutionary War.

On this date:

In 1639, the first constitution of Connecticut — the Fundamental Orders — was adopted.

In 1858, Napoleon III, Emperor of the French, and his wife, Empress Eugenie, escaped an assassination attempt led by Italian revolutionary Felice Orsini, who was later captured and executed.

In 1900, Puccini’s opera “Tosca” had its world premiere in Rome.

In 1943, President Franklin Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and French General Charles de Gaulle opened a wartime conference in Casablanca.

In 1952, NBC’s “Today” show premiered, with Dave Garroway as the host, or “communicator,” as he was officially known.

In 1953, Josip Broz Tito was elected president of Yugoslavia by the country’s Parliament.

In 1963, George Wallace was sworn in as governor of Alabama with a pledge of “segregation forever.”

In 1968, the Green Bay Packers of the NFL defeated the AFL’s Oakland Raiders, 33-14, in Super Bowl II.

In 1969, 27 people aboard the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise, off Hawaii, were killed when a rocket warhead exploded, setting off a fire and additional explosions.

In 1970, Diana Ross and the Supremes had their last concert together, at the Frontier Hotel in Las Vegas.

Ten years ago: The matchup for Super Bowl XXXV (35) was decided as the New York Giants shut out the Minnesota Vikings, 41-0, to win the NFC championship and the Baltimore Ravens beat the Oakland Raiders, 16-3, to gain the AFC title.

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