UPI Almanac for Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017

On Jan. 5, 1925, Nellie Tayloe Ross of Wyoming was sworn in as the first woman governor in the United States.

By United Press International
UPI Almanac for Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017
It's a far cry from the plains of Wyoming to this Maryland farm, but Director of the United States Mint, Nellie Tayloe Ross bridged the gap when she acquired 200 acres of farmland. Ms. Ross, in addition to being the first woman to lead the Mint, was also the first woman to be elected governor of a state. Picture taken on July 29, 1938. File Photo by Library of Congress/UPI

Today is Thursday, Jan. 5, the fifth day of 2017 with 360 to follow.

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


Those born on this date are under the sign of Capricorn. They include Zebulon Pike, discoverer of Pike's Peak in Colorado, and Navy Capt. Stephen Decatur, both in 1779; King Camp Gillette, inventor of the safety razor, in 1855; U.S. baseball executive and Baseball Hall of Fame member Ban Johnson in 1864; German statesman Konrad Adenauer in 1876; astrologer Jeane Dixon in 1904; Walter Mondale, former U.S. vice president and 1984 Democratic presidential candidate, in 1928 (age 88); choreographer Alvin Ailey in 1931; Italian writer Umberto Eco and U.S. football Hall of Fame member Chuck Noll, both in 1932; music producer Sam Phillips in 1923; football Hall of Fame member Jim Otto in 1938 (age 79); talk show host Charlie Rose in 1942 (age 75); actors George Reeves (TV's Superman) in 1914, Jane Wyman in 1917, Robert Duvall in 1931 (age 86), Diane Keaton in 1946 (age 71), Pamela Sue Martin in 1953 (age 64), Suzy Amis in 1962 (age 55), Bradley Cooper in 1975 (age 42) and January Jones in 1978 (age 39); and singers Iris DeMent in 1961 (age 56) and Marilyn Manson in 1969 (age 48).


On this date in history:

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In 1914, the Ford Motor Co. increased its pay from $2.34 for a 9-hour day to $5 for 8 hours of work.

In 1925, Nellie Tayloe Ross of Wyoming was sworn in as the first woman governor in the United States.

In 1933, construction began on the Golden Gate Bridge over San Francisco Bay.

In 1948, the first color newsreel, filmed at the Tournament of Roses in Pasadena, Calif., was released by Warner Brothers-Pathe.

In 1993, the state of Washington hanged serial child-killer Westley Allan Dodd in the nation's first gallows execution in 28 years.

In 1996, the longest U.S. government shutdown ended after 21 days when Congress passed a stopgap spending measure that would allow federal employees to return to work. President Bill Clinton signed the bill the next day.

In 1998, U.S. Rep. Sonny Bono, R-Calif., of Sonny and Cher fame, was killed when he hit a tree while skiing at South Lake Tahoe, Calif.

In 2002, a 15-year-old student pilot, flying alone, was killed in the crash of his single-engine Cessna into the 28th floor of the Bank of America building in Tampa, Fla.


In 2005, Eris, the largest known dwarf planet in the solar system, was discovered.

In 2008, tribal violence following a disputed Kenya presidential election claimed almost 500 lives, officials said. Turmoil exploded after incumbent President Mwai Kibaki was declared the winner over opposition candidate Raila Odinga, who had a wide early lead.

In 2009, Leon Panetta, former California congressman and chief of staff to President Bill Clinton, was chosen by President-elect Barack Obama to be head of the CIA.

In 2011, the 112th U.S. Congress convened with surging Republicans, buoyed by an infusion of conservative newcomers with Tea Party support, taking command of the House and Democrats retaining control of the Senate. Freshman GOP House members totaled 82, the party's largest rookie class in nearly 90 years.

In 2013, a cold wave that sent temperatures far below average in northern India was blamed for at least 129 deaths. Many of the victims were homeless.

In 2014, Jerry Coleman, Hall of Fame broadcaster, ex-New York Yankee infielder and war hero, died at age 89 in San Diego and Portuguese soccer great Eusebio, the "Black Panther," died in Lisbon at 71.


A thought for the day: "If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. Don't complain." -- Maya Angelou

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