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January 4

What happened on the day you were born?

In the headlines today:
1999Former pro wrestler Jesse Ventura is sworn in as Governor of Minnesota.
1987Sixteen people die when a Washington-bound Amtrak train collides with Conrail locomotives in Chase, MD.
1986Thin Lizzy bassist/vocalist Phil Lynott dies from pneumonia and heart disease at age 34.
1979An out-of-court settlement awards $675,000 to the victims of the Kent State massacre of 1970 (made famous by the CSNY song Ohio).

Richard M. Nixon
 US president Nixon refuses to hand over documents and tape recordings subpoenaed by
 the Senate Watergate Committee.
 (photo credit: NARA)


1965Author T.S. Eliot dies in London at age 76.
1965Fender(R) logo The Fender Musical Instrument Company is sold to CBS for $13 million.
Did you know? Fender would become the favorite brand of such music superstars as Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, and Pete Townshend.

1960French author Albert Camus dies in a car accident at age 46.
1951North Korea and Communist Chinese troops capture the city of Seoul, during the Korean War.
1948Burma gains its independence from Britain.
1896Utah is admitted to the US as the 45th state.
1885The first appendectomy is performed by Dr. William W. Grant of Davenport, Iowa.
1877Cornerlius Vanderbilt, millionaire entrepreneur and the richest man in the world at the time, dies.
1821  Elizabeth Ann Seton, the first native-born American saint, dies in Emmitsburg, Maryland.

Born today:

1971  Jeremy Licht - actor

1967  Benjamin Darvill - musician (Crash Test Dummies)

1966  Deana Carter - country singer

1965  Guy Forget - tennis player

1965  Julia Ormond - actress

1963  Dave Foley - actor

1960  R.E.M. - I Feel Fine (Capitol/IRS)  

Michael Stipe - singer (R.E.M.)
(photo credit: Capitol/IRS)

1957  Patty Loveless - country singer

1956  Ann Magnuson - actress

1956  Bernard Sumner - singer (New Order)

1955  Kathy Forester - singer (The Forester Sisters)

1951  Barbara Ann Cochran - 1972 Olympic Gold skier

1941  Maureen Reagan - daughter of former US president Ronald Reagan

1937  Grace Bumbry - opera singer

1937  Dyan Cannon - actress

1935  Floyd Patterson - heavyweight boxing champion

1930  Don Shula - NFL coach

1927  Barbara Rush - actress

1914  Jane Wyman - actress

1905  Sterling Holloway - actor (voice of Winnie the Pooh)

1838  Charles 'Tom Thumb' Stratton - famous midget

1813  Isaac Pitman - phonetic shorthand inventor

1809  Louis Braille - blind alphabet creator

1785  Jacob Grimm - fairy tale author


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