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Today in History: Thursday, January  19, 2017
AP Highlight in History:
On Jan. 19, 1966, Indira Gandhi was elected prime minister of India.
 
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On this date in:
1736James Watt, inventor of the steam engine, was born in Scotland.
1807Robert E. Lee, the commander-in-chief of the Confederate armies, was born in Stratford, Va.
1809Author Edgar Allan Poe was born in Boston.
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1861Georgia seceded from the Union.
1943Rock singer Janis Joplin was born in Port Arthur, Texas.
1944The federal government relinquished control of the nation's railroads after settling a wage dispute.
1955A presidential news conference was filmed for TV for the first time, with the permission of President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
1979Former Attorney General John Mitchell was released on parole after serving 19 months in federal prison for Watergate-related crimes.
1981The United States and Iran signed an agreement paving the way for the release of 52 Americans held hostage for more than 14 months.
2001In 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.
2006An unmanned NASA spacecraft blasted off on a 3 billion-mile journey to Pluto.
2010In 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.
 
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Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Country singer-actress Dolly Parton turns 71 years old today.
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NameProfessionAge
Fritz WeaverActor91
Tippi HedrenActress ("The Birds")87
Robert MacNeilJournalist86
Michael CrawfordActor, singer75
Dan ReevesFootball coach73
Ann ComptonBroadcast journalist70
Paula DeenTV chef70
Desi Arnaz Jr.Actor64
Paul RodriguezComedian62
Stefan EdbergTennis Hall of Famer51
Trey LorenzR&B singer48
Drea de MatteoActress ("The Sopranos")45
Frank CaliendoComedian, impressionist43
Jodie SweetinActress ("Full House")35
Shawn JohnsonGymnast25
Actress Katey Sagal turns 63 years old today.
AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill

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