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Today in History
Today in History: Monday, January  23, 2017
AP Highlight in History:
On Jan. 23, 1973, President Richard Nixon announced an accord had been reached to end the Vietnam War.
Audio LinkNixon: "peace with honor"
On this date in:
1789Georgetown University was established in present-day Washington, D.C.
1849English-born Elizabeth Blackwell became the first woman in America to receive a medical degree, from the Medical Institution of Geneva, N.Y.
1932New York Gov. Franklin D. Roosevelt announced his candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination.
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1937Seventeen people went on trial in Moscow during Soviet leader Josef Stalin's Great Purge.
1950The Israeli Knesset approved a resolution proclaiming Jerusalem the capital of Israel.
1962Tony Bennett recorded "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" in New York for Columbia Records.
1964The 24th amendment to the Constitution, eliminating the poll tax in federal elections, was ratified.
1968North Korea seized the U.S. Navy ship the USS Pueblo, charging it had intruded into the communist nation's territorial waters on a spying mission. The crew was held for 11 months.
1977The TV mini-series "Roots," based on the Alex Haley novel, began airing on ABC.
1989Surrealist painter Salvador Dali died in his native Spain at age 84.
1991Allied forces in the Persian Gulf War announced that they had achieved air superiority after some 12,000 sorties.
1997A judge in Fairfax, Va., sentenced a Pakistani man to death for an assault rifle attack outside CIA headquarters in 1993 that killed two people and wounded three.
2002Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl was abducted in Karachi, Pakistan, by a group demanding the return of prisoners from the Afghan campaign. (He was later killed.)
2005Former "Tonight Show" host Johnny Carson died at age 79.
Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Actress Mariska Hargitay ("Law & Order: Special Victims Unit") turns 53 years old today.
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Jeanne MoreauActress89
Derek WalcottNobel Prize-winning poet, playwright87
Chita RiveraActress, dancer84
Rutger HauerActor73
Thomas R. CarperU.S. senator, D-Del.70
Anita PointerSinger (The Pointer Sisters)69
Richard Dean AndersonActor67
Robin ZanderRock singer (Cheap Trick)64
Princess CarolineMember of Monaco's royal family60
Anita BakerR&B singer59
Tiffani ThiessenActress ("Beverly Hills, 90210")43