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Today in History
Today in History: Tuesday, January  27, 2015
AP Highlight in History:
On Jan. 27, 1945, Soviet troops liberated the Nazi concentration camps Auschwitz and Birkenau in Poland.
 
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On this date in:
1756Composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born in Salzburg, Austria.
1832Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, who wrote "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" under the pen name Lewis Carroll, was born in Cheshire, England.
1880Thomas Edison received a patent for his electric incandescent lamp.
1885Broadway composer Jerome Kern was born in New York City.
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1944The Soviet Union announced the end of the deadly German siege of Leningrad, which had lasted for more than two years.
1951The era of atomic testing in the Nevada desert began.
1967Astronauts Virgil I. "Gus" Grissom, Edward H. White and Roger B. Chaffee died in a flash fire during a test aboard their Apollo 1 spacecraft at Cape Kennedy, Fla.
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1967More than 60 nations signed a treaty banning the orbiting of nuclear weapons.
1973The Vietnam peace accords were signed in Paris.
1998First lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, appearing on NBC's "Today" show, said that allegations against her husband were the work of a "vast right-wing conspiracy."
2010Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveiled the iPad tablet computer during a presentation in San Francisco.
2010J.D. Salinger, the reclusive author of "The Catcher in the Rye," died in Cornish, N.H. at age 91.
 
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Today's Birthdays:
Chief Justice John Roberts turns 60 years old today.
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NameProfessionAge
James CromwellActor75
Nick MasonRock musician (Pink Floyd)71
Mikhail BaryshnikovBallet dancer67
Mimi RogersActress59
Keith OlbermannTV host56
Bridget FondaActress51
Mike PattonRock singer (Faith No More)47
Actor Alan Cumming turns 50 years old today.
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