Today is Wednesday, Jan. 23, the 23rd day of 2019 with 342 to follow.
The moon is waning. Morning stars are Jupiter, Saturn and Venus. Evening stars are Mars, Neptune and Uranus.
Those born on this date are under the sign of Aquarius. They include American patriot John Hancock in 1737; French author Stendhal, a pseudonym for Marie-Henri Beyle, in 1783; French Impressionist painter Edouard Manet in 1832; Russian film director Sergei Eisenstein in 1898; actor Dan Duryea in 1907; comedian Ernie Kovacs in 1919; actor/singer Chita Rivera in 1933 (age 86); actor Gil Gerard in 1943 (age 76); actor Rutger Hauer in 1944 (age 75) ; actor Richard Dean Anderson in 1950 (age 69); airline pilot Chesley Sullenberger, who in 2009 safely landed a disabled airliner carrying 155 people in the Hudson River, in 1951 (age 68); former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa in 1953 (age 66); Princess Caroline of Monaco in 1957 (age 62); actor Gail O'Grady in 1963 (age 56); actor Mariska Hargitay in 1964 (age 55); actor Tiffani Thiessen in 1974 (age 45); actor Julia Jones in 1981 (age 38).
On this date in history:
In 1789, Georgetown College was founded in Georgetown, Md., which later would be part of the District of Columbia.
In 1845, the U.S. Congress decided that all national elections would take place on the Tuesday following the first Monday in November.
In 1849, Elizabeth Blackwell became the first woman in U.S. history to receive a medical degree.
In 1922, at Toronto General Hospital, 14-year-old Canadian Leonard Thompson became the first person to receive an insulin injection as treatment for diabetes.
In 1948, U.S. Army Gen. Dwight Eisenhower said he couldn't accept a presidential nomination from either party. Four years later, he ran as a Republican and was elected as the 34th president.
In 1968, the USS Pueblo was seized in the Sea of Japan by North Korea, which alleged the ship was on a spy mission. The crew was held for 11 months before being released.
In 1973, U.S. President Richard Nixon announced that U.S. troops would cease fighting in Vietnam at midnight Jan. 27.
In 1980, U.S. President Jimmy Carter reinstated the Selective Service System.
In 1986, the first inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame included Chuck Berry, James Brown, Ray Charles, Fats Domino, the Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis Presley.
In 1997, Madeleine Albright was sworn into office as the first female U.S. secretary of state.
In 2004, Bob Keeshan, the easy going, bushy mustached actor who created the classic children's television show Captain Kangaroo, died at age 76.
In 2005, Johnny Carson, host of TV's Tonight Show for 30 years and a powerful presence in American entertainment, died of emphysema at age 79.
In 2006, Ford Motor Co., reflecting the downsizing of the U.S. auto industry, said it would close 14 factories and eliminate 30,000 jobs over six years.
In 2015, Saudi Arabia's King Salman is crowned one day after the death of his half-brother, King Abdullah.
In 2018, Neil Diamond announced doctors diagnosed him with Parkinson's disease. He said he planned to immediately retire from touring in order to get treatment.
A thought for the day: "I grew up thinking art was pictures until I got into music and found I was an artist and didn't paint." -- Chuck Berry