1970 Dolle Mina burns her bra in Amsterdam.
1865 General Robert E Lee named Commander-in-Chief of Confederate Armies.
1943 British 8th army marches into Tripoli.
1943 Japanese Mount Austen on Guadalcanal captured.
1973 President Nixon announces an accord has been reach to end the Vietnam War.
2007 In his State of the Union address, President Bush implored Congress to give his plan to send more U.S. troops to Iraq a chance to work.
1957 Willie Edwards US black, murdered by KKK at 25.
1998 A judge in Fairfax, Va., sentenced Aimal Khan Kasi to death for an assault rifle attack outside CIA headquarters in 1993 that killed two men and wounded three other people. (Kasi was executed in November 2002.)
2002 Wall 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 slain.
2003 The government of Kuwait said a Kuwaiti had confessed to the shootings of two U.S. defense workers in Kuwait (one worker was killed; the other was wounded).
1556 Most deadly earthquake kills 830,000 in Shansi Province, China.
1812 7.8 earthquake shakes New Madrid, Missouri.
1973 Jordan Air crash at Kano, Nigeria kills 176 Moslem pilgrims.
1982 World Airways DC-10 skids at Boston Logan Airport killing 2.
1993 Indian Airlines B737 crashes art Aurangabad, 61 die.
1962 Libya, Morocco, Algeria & Tunisia plan to form United Arab Maghreb.
1972 Bootlegger sells wood alcohol to wedding party-100 die-New Delhi.
1972 Entire population of Istanbul under 24 hour house arrest.
1997 Laura "Dinky" Patterson dies during bungee jump at Super Bowl rehearsal at 43.
1983 Russian radioactive satellite falls into Indian Ocean.
1984 Hulk Hogan defeats Iron Sheik to become WWF champ.
1647 Scottish Presbyterians sell captured Charles I to English parliament.
1894 G W Bunbury of Dublin sets shorthand record of 250 wpm for 10 minutes.
1982 Urbe Blanca (cow) produces record 110 kg of milk, Cuba (approximate date).
1993 New York Newsday reports Oregon's Senator Bob Packwood sexually harassed 23 women.
1991 World's largest oil spill, caused by embattled Iraqi forces in Kuwait.
1943 Alexander Woollcott critic, dies of a heart attack on radio, at 56.
1946 Rear Admiral Sidney W Souers, USNR, becomes 1st director of CIA.
1968 Spy ship USS Pueblo & 83-man crew seized in Sea of Japan by N Korea.
1962 British spy Kim Philby defects to USSR.
1937 Karl Radek & 16 others go on trial in Stalin's great purge.
1998 Fighting scandal allegations involving Monica Lewinsky, President Bill Clinton assured his Cabinet during a meeting that he was innocent and urged them to concentrate on their jobs.
1933 20th amendment changes date of Presidential Inaugurations to 1/20.
1964 24th Amendment ratified, barring poll tax in federal elections.
1845 Congress decided all national elections would be held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November.
1907 Charles Curtis of Kansas becomes 1st Native American US senator.
1492 "Pentateuch" (Jewish holy book) 1st printed
1936 Utah Senator William H. King urges the US to open its doors as a haven for Jews fleeing Germany.
1942: Hungarian Fascists at Sovi Sad in occupied Yugoslavia drive 550 Jews and 292 Serbs to the river and onto the ice. After firing on the ice to break it up, they shoot all those who manage to stay afloat. A total of 2,550 Serbs and 700 Jews are killed by the Hungarians at Novi Sad. (Atlas)
1950 Israeli Knesset resolves that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel.
1989 Challenge to "who is a Jew" law filed in Israeli Supreme Court.
1981 1st Richard Nixon museum opens (San Clemente CA).
638 Start of Islamic calendar.
1789 Georgetown, 1st US Catholic college, founded.
1965 "The King Family Show" (musical variety) premieres on ABC TV.
1975 "Barney Miller" premieres on ABC TV.
1977 Miniseries "Roots" premieres on ABC.
1983 "A-Team" with Mr T premieres on NBC.
1991 "Seinfeld" debuts on NBC-TV.
1997 Randy Greenawalt convicted killer, executed by injection at 47.
1793 Humane Society of Philadelphia (first aid society) organized.
1913 Nazim Pasha Turkey's PM assassinated.
1950 AP picks "Miracle Braves" of 1914 as greatest sports upset.
1953 NFL Dallas Texans become Baltimore Colts (now Indianapolis Colts).
1961 Supreme Court rules cities & states have right to censor films.
1932 El Salvador army kills 4,000 protesting farmers.
1891 Antonio Gramsci Italian philosopher/marxist theorist.
1898 Randolph Scott actor (Last of the Mohicans, Western Union).
1899 Humphrey Bogart actor (Casablanca, Caine Mutiny, African Queen).
1919 Ernie Kovacs Trenton NJ, comedian (Ernie Kovacs' Show).
1944 Rutger Hauer Dutch actor (Blade Runner, Ladyhawke, Osterman Weekend).
Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg, D-N.J., is 84. Actress Jeanne Moreau is 80. Actress Chita Rivera is 75. Actor-director Lou Antonio is 74. Actor Gil Gerard is 65. Actor Rutger Hauer is 64. Rhythm-and-blues singer Jerry Lawson (The Persuasions) is 64. Sen. Thomas R. Carper, D-Del., is 61. Singer Anita Pointer is 60. Actor Richard Dean Anderson is 58. Rock musician Bill Cunningham is 58. Rock musician Danny Federici (Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band) is 58. Rock singer Robin Zander (Cheap Trick) is 55. Princess Caroline of Monaco is 51. Singer Anita Baker is 50. Reggae musician Earl Falconer (UB40) is 49. Actress Gail O'Grady is 45. Actress Mariska Hargitay is 44. Rhythm-and-blues singer Marc Nelson is 37. Actress Tiffani Thiessen is 34.
1806 William Pitt the Younger, PM Great Britain (1783-1806), dies at 46.
1977 Bernard "Toots" Shor barkeeper, dies at 73.
1989 Salvador Dalí Spanish Surrealist painter, dies in Spain at 84.
2005 former "Tonight Show" host Johnny Carson died in Malibu, Calif., at age 79.
2003 Actress Nell Carter died in Beverly Hills, Calif., at age 54.
2007 E. Howard Hunt, who helped organize the Watergate break-in, leading to the downfall of Richard Nixon's presidency, died in Miami at age 88.
January 23, the 23rd day of 2008. There are 343 days left in the year.
compiled by Mondoreb
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