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Today in History - January 5
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    Today is Saturday, Jan. 5, the fifth day of 2008. There are 361 days left in the year.
    Today’s Highlight in History:
    On Jan. 5, 1896, an Austrian newspaper reported the discovery by German physicist Wilhelm Roentgen of a type of radiation that came to be known as X-rays.
    On this date:
    In 1589, Catherine de Medici 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 1925, Nellie T. Ross became governor of Wyoming; she was the first female governor in U.S. history. (She succeeded Frank E. Lucas, who had served as acting governor following the death of Ross’ husband, William B. Ross.)
    In 1933, the 30th president of the United States, Calvin Coolidge, died in Northampton, Mass., at age 60.
    In 1949, in his State of the Union address, President Harry Truman labeled his administration the Fair Deal.
    In 1957, President Eisenhower proposed military assistance to Middle Eastern countries to help them resist Communist aggression; this 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. UMW President Anthony Boyle and three others were convicted of the killings.
    In 1972, President Nixon ordered development of the space shuttle.
    In 1994, Thomas P. ‘‘Tip’’ O’Neill, former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, died in Boston at age 81.
    Ten years ago: Sonny Bono, the 1960’s pop star-turned-politician, was killed when he struck a tree while skiing in South Lake Tahoe, Calif.; he was 62.
    Five years ago: Two Palestinian suicide bombers set off back-to-back blasts in a central Tel Aviv area crowded with foreign workers, killing 23 bystanders in the bloodiest attack in six months. Chinese media reported that an unmanned Chinese space capsule had returned safely to Earth.
    One year ago: The White House announced a planned shuffling of U.S. military leaders in the Iraq war. (Admiral William Fallon ended up replacing Gen. John Abizaid as top U.S. commander in the Middle East; Army Lt. Gen. David Petraeus succeeded General George Casey as top American general in Iraq; Casey replaced retiring General Peter Schoomaker as Army chief of staff.)
    Today’s Birthdays: Former Vice President Walter F. Mondale is 80. Actor Robert Duvall is 77. Football Hall-of-Fame coach Chuck Noll is 76. King Juan Carlos of Spain is 70. Talk show host Charlie Rose is 66. Actress Diane Keaton is 62. Actor Ted Lange is 60. Rhythm-and-blues musician George ‘‘Funky’’ Brown (Kool and the Gang) is 59. Rock musician Chris Stein (Blondie) is 58. Actress Pamela Sue Martin is 55. Actor Clancy Brown is 49. Singer Iris Dement is 47. Actor Ricky Paull Goldin is 43. Actor Vinnie Jones is 43. Rock musician Kate Schellenbach (Luscious Jackson) is 42. Actress Heather Paige Kent is 39. Rock singer Marilyn Manson is 39. Actress January Jones is 30. Actress Brooklyn Sudano is 27.
    Thought for Today: ‘‘The world is like a mirror; frown at it, and it frowns at you. Smile, and it smiles, too.’’ — Herbert Samuel, English political leader (1870-1963).

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