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Today in History
Today in History: Sunday, January  22, 2017
AP Highlight in History:
On Jan. 22, 1973, the Supreme Court handed down its Roe vs. Wade decision legalizing abortion.
 
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On this date in:
1901Queen Victoria died at age 81 after 63 years on the British throne.
1905Russian troops opened fired on marching workers in St. Petersburg, killing more than 100 in what became known as "Bloody Sunday."
1922Pope Benedict XV died.
1938Thornton Wilder's play "Our Town" premiered in Princeton, N.J.
1944Allied forces began landing at Anzio, Italy, during World War II.
1953The Arthur Miller drama "The Crucible" opened on Broadway.
1968"Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In" premiered on NBC.
1970The Boeing 747 went on its first regularly scheduled commercial flight, from New York to London.
1973Lyndon Baines Johnson, the 36th president of the United States, died at his ranch in Johnson City, Texas, at age 64.
1995Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, the mother of President John F. Kennedy, died in Hyannis Port, Mass., at age 104.
1997The Senate confirmed Madeleine Albright as the nation's first female secretary of state.
1998Theodore Kaczynski pleaded guilty in Sacramento, Calif., to being the Unabomber in return for a sentence of life in prison without parole.
2008Jose Padilla, once accused of plotting with al-Qaida to blow up a radioactive "dirty bomb," was sentenced by a U.S. federal judge in Miami to more than 17 years in prison on terrorism conspiracy charges.
2009President Barack Obama ordered the terrorist detention center at Guantanamo Bay closed within a year and banned harsh interrogation of terror suspects. (The prison remains open.)
2010Conan O'Brien ended his brief tenure as host of "The Tonight Show" after accepting a $45 million buyout from NBC to leave the show after only seven months.
 
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Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Actress Diane Lane turns 52 years old today.
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NameProfessionAge
Birch BayhFormer U.S. senator, D-Ind.89
Piper LaurieActress85
Joseph WambaughAuthor80
John HurtActor77
Steve PerryRock singer (Journey)68
Mike BossyHockey Hall of Famer60
Linda BlairActress ("The Excorcist")58
Jazzy JeffActor, rapper ("The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air")52
Guy FieriCelebrity chef49
Olivia d'AboActress ("Wonder Years")48
Beverley MitchellActress ("7th Heaven")36
Director Jim Jarmusch turns 64 years old today.
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