The almanac

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Today is Monday, Jan. 6, the sixth day of 2014 with 359 to follow.

The moon is waxing. The morning stars are Mars and Saturn. The evening stars are Jupiter, Mercury, Neptune, Uranus and Venus.


Those born on this date were under the sign of Capricorn. They include French battlefield leader St. Joan of Arc in 1412; Frenchman Jacques Montgolfier, who, with his brother, invented the hot air balloon, in 1745; German archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann, who discovered the ruins of ancient Troy, in 1822; poet Carl Sandburg in 1878; silent movie cowboy star Tom Mix in 1880; former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Sam Rayburn, D-Texas, in 1882; Lebanese writer Khalil Gibran in 1883; actors Danny Thomas in 1912 and Loretta Young in 1913; crossword puzzle constructor and editor Eugene Maleska in 1916; baseball Hall of Fame member Early Wynn in 1920; golf Hall of Fame member Cary Middlecoff in 1921; pollster Louis Harris in 1921 (age 93); bluegrass musician Earl Scruggs in 1924; auto executive John DeLorean in 1925; author E.L. Doctorow in 1931 (age 83); U.S. football coach and broadcaster Lou Holtz in 1937 (age 77); Hall of Fame golfer Nancy Lopez in 1957 (age 57); Hall of Fame football player, actor and broadcaster Howie Long in 1960 (age 54); Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Syd Barrett (Pink Floyd) in 1946; actors Bonnie Franklin in 1944 and Rowan Atkinson in 1955 (age 59); and filmmaker John Singleton in 1968 (age 46).


On this date in history:

In 1759, George Washington married widow Martha Dandridge Custis.

In 1838, in Morristown, N.J., Samuel F.B. Morse and his partner, Alfred Vail, publicly demonstrated their new invention, the telegraph, for the first time.

In 1912, New Mexico joined the United States as the 47th state.

In 1919, Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th president of the United States, died at the age of 60.

In 1925, Paavo Nurmi, known as the "Flying Finn" and regarded as the greatest runner of his day, set world records in the mile run and 5,000-meter run within the space of 1 hour in his first U.S. appearance, an indoor meet at New York City's new Madison Square Garden.

In 1942, a Pan American Airways plane arrived in New York, completing the first around-the-world flight by a commercial airliner.

In 1950, Britain formally recognized the communist government of China.

In 1984, the first test-tube quadruplets, all boys, were born in Melbourne, Australia.

In 1993, dancer and choreographer Rudolf Nureyev and jazz trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie died. Nureyev, who was 54, died of cardiac complications. (It was later confirmed that he had AIDS.) Gillespie, 75, died of cancer.


In 1994, American skater Nancy Kerrigan was clubbed on the right knee in an attack that forced her out of the U.S. Figure Skating Championships. The assault was traced to four men with links to her leading rival, Tonya Harding.

In 1999, an agreement ended a six-month player lockout by owners of National Basketball Association teams.

In 2008, Georgia President Mikheil Saakashvili won re-election.

In 2010, Tsutomu Yamaguchi, the only officially recognized survivor of both the 1945 U.S. atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki that led to the Japanese surrender in World War II, died of stomach cancer at age 93.

In 2011, U.S. President Barack Obama named William Daley, a Wall Street executive, to be his chief of staff.

In 2013, Syrian President Bashar Assad, standing defiantly against pressure to step down, called on Syrians to fight rebels he deemed "enemies of God." His speech was broadcast nationally.

A thought for the day: "Problems are only opportunities in work clothes," Henry Kaiser once said.

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