AP Highlight in History: On Jan. 19, 1966, Indira Gandhi was elected prime minister of India.
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James Watt, inventor of the steam engine, was born in Scotland.
Robert E. Lee, the commander-in-chief of the Confederate armies, was born in Stratford, Va.
Author Edgar Allan Poe was born in Boston.
Georgia seceded from the Union.
Rock singer Janis Joplin was born in Port Arthur, Texas.
The federal government relinquished control of the nation's railroads after settling a wage dispute.
A presidential news conference was filmed for TV for the first time, with the permission of President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
Former Attorney General John Mitchell was released on parole after serving 19 months in federal prison for Watergate-related crimes.
The United States and Iran signed an agreement paving the way for the release of 52 Americans held hostage for more than 14 months.
In a deal sparing himself possible indictment, President Bill Clinton acknowledged for the first time making false statements under oath about Monica Lewinsky; he also surrendered his law license for five years.
An unmanned NASA spacecraft blasted off on a 3 billion-mile journey to Pluto.
In a major upset, Republican Scott Brown captured the U.S. Senate seat held by liberal champion Edward Kennedy for nearly half a century as he defeated Democrat Martha Coakley in a special election.