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Today in History - January 4
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    Today is Friday, Jan. 4, the fourth day of 2008. There are 362 days left in the year.
    Today’s Highlight in History:
    On Jan. 4, 1965, President Johnson outlined the goals of his Great Society in his State of the Union Address.
    On this date:
    In 1821, the woman who would be named America’s first native-born saint, Elizabeth Ann Seton, died in Emmitsburg, Md.
    In 1896, Utah was admitted as the 45th state.
    In 1904, the Supreme Court, in Gonzalez v. Williams, ruled that Puerto Ricans were not aliens and could enter the United States freely; however, the court stopped short of declaring them U.S. citizens.
    In 1948, Burma (now called Myanmar) became independent of British rule.
    In 1951, during the Korean War, North Korean and Communist Chinese forces captured the city of Seoul.
    In 1960, French author Albert Camus died in an automobile accident at age 46.
    In 1965, poet T.S. Eliot died in London at age 76.
    In 1974, President Nixon refused to hand over tape recordings and documents subpoenaed by the Senate Watergate Committee.
    In 1987, 16 people were killed when an Amtrak train bound from Washington to Boston collided with Conrail locomotives that had crossed into its path from a side track in Chase, Md.
    In 1995, the 104th Congress convened, the first entirely under Republican control since the Eisenhower era.
    Ten years ago: Israeli Foreign Minister David Levy resigned, accusing the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of abandoning the peace process with the Arabs. Actress Mae Questel, who had supplied the voices of cartoon characters Betty Boop and Olive Oyl, died in New York at age 89.
    Five years ago: As President Bush put the finishing touches on an economic growth package costing $674 billion over 10 years, Democrats who wanted his job pledged to scuttle what they characterized as a plan that would help the wealthy without reviving the economy. Oscar-winning cinematographer Conrad L. Hall died in Santa Monica, Calif., at age 76.
    One year ago: Nancy Pelosi was elected the first female speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives; Keith Ellison of Minnesota’s 5th District became the first Muslim member of Congress. Harriet Miers resigned as White House counsel. Vincent Sardi Jr., owner of Sardi’s restaurant, the legendary Broadway watering hole, died in Berlin, Vt., at age 91.
    Today’s Birthdays: Actress Barbara Rush is 81. Football Hall-of-Fame coach Don Shula is 78. Actress Dyan Cannon is 71. Opera singer Grace Bumbry is 71. Country singer Kathy Forester (The Forester Sisters) is 53. Actress Ann Magnuson is 52. Rock musician Bernard Sumner (New Order, Joy Division) is 52. Country singer Patty Loveless is 51. Rock singer Michael Stipe (R.E.M.) is 48. Actor Patrick Cassidy is 46. Actor Dave Foley is 45. Singer-musician Cait O’Riordan is 43. Actress Julia Ormond is 43. Tennis player Guy Forget is 43. Country singer Deana Carter is 42. Rock musician Benjamin Darvill (Crash Test Dummies) is 41. Actor Jeremy Licht is 37. Actress-singer Jill Marie Jones is 33.
    Thought for Today: ‘‘Our civilization is still in a middle stage, no longer wholly guided by instinct, not yet wholly guided by reason.’’ — Theodore Dreiser, American author (1871-1945).

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