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UPI Almanac for Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022

On Jan. 9, 2007, the world changed when Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveiled the iPhone.

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UPI Almanac for Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022
Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple Computer, introduces Apple's latest product, the iPhone, during his keynote speech at Macworld in San Francisco on January 9, 2007. File Photo by Terry Schmitt/UPI | License Photo

Today is Sunday, Jan. 9, the ninth day of 2022 with 356 to follow.

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

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Those born on this date are under the sign of Capricorn. They include Pope Gregory XV in 1554; women's suffrage/peace movement leader Carrie Chapman Catt in 1859; French novelist Simone de Beauvoir in 1908; entertainer Gypsy Rose Lee in 1911; Richard Nixon, 37th president of the United States, in 1913; author Judith Krantz in 1928; football Hall of Fame member Bart Starr in 1934; actor Bob Denver in 1935; sportscaster Dick Enberg in 1935; actor Susannah York in 1939; singer Joan Baez in 1941 (age 81); musician Jimmy Page in 1944 (age 78); country singer Crystal Gayle in 1951 (age 71); actor J.K. Simmons in 1955 (age 67); actor Imelda Staunton in 1956 (age 66); Guatemalan activist/Nobel Peace Prize laureate Rigoberta Menchu in 1959 (age 63); actor Joely Richardson in 1965 (age 57); bandleader Dave Matthews in 1967 (age 55); rapper Sean Paul in 1973 (age 49); actor Omari Hardwick in 1974 (age 48); pop singer A.J. McLean in 1978 (age 44); golfer Sergio Garcia in 1980 (age 42); Kate Middleton, duchess of Cambridge, in 1982 (age 40); actor Nina Dobrev in 1989 (age 33); actor Nicola Peltz in 1995 (age 27); actor Kerris Dorsey in 1998 (age 24).

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On this day in history:

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In 1768, Philip Astley, regarded as the "father of the modern circus," staged the first event in an open field at what is now the Waterloo area of London.

In 1788, Connecticut became the fifth U.S. state.

In 1861, Mississippi seceded from the Union, becoming a founding member of the Confederate States of America.

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In 1916, the Ottoman Empire claimed victory in the Battle of Gallipoli following the evacuation of Allied forces from the peninsula.

In 1945, in World War II, U.S. troops landed on the Philippine island of Luzon, beginning a battle that would rage on for eight months.

In 1947, Elizabeth Short, more commonly known as the Black Dahlia, disappears. Her body was found six days later. To this day, the investigation into her death remains unsolved.

In 1951, the U.N. headquarters opened in New York.

In 1972, the luxury liner Queen Elizabeth was gutted by fire while docked in Hong Kong.

In 1982, Angelo Buono Jr., one of the so-called Hillside Stranglers, was sentenced to life in prison. He and his cousin Kenneth Bianchi raped, tortured and killed 10 women in Los Angeles from 1977-78.

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In 1996, rebels in the Russian republic of Chechnya overran the town of Kizlyar and took 2,000 hostages at a hospital and in nearby homes.

In 2005, Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip elected Mahmoud Abbas their new president. He succeeded the late Yasser Arafat.

In 2007, the world changed when Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveiled the iPhone.

In 2007, Venezuelan stock prices fell almost 19 percent -- the biggest drop on record -- and its currency lost almost one-third of its value after President Hugo Chavez pledged to nationalize the country's utilities.

In 2011, an Iran Air Boeing 727 with 105 people aboard crashed shortly before it was scheduled to land in northwestern Iran. Authorities said there were 50 survivors.

In 2014, as part of an agreement to end a political deadlock, Tunisian Prime Minister Ali Laarayedh resigned to let a caretaker government oversee the next elections. Mehdi Jomaa, the minister of industry, became acting PM.

In 2020, the earliest known U.S. death linked to the novel coronavirus took place in Kansas. The case wasn't identified, though, until mid-2021, when the victim's doctor amended their death certificate based on a review of the case. The first reported death in the United States didn't happen until Feb. 29.

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In 2021, an Indonesian plane carrying 62 people crashed into the Java Sea shortly after takeoff, killing all on board.


A thought for the day: "Don't be trapped by dogma, which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice." -- American entrepreneur Steve Jobs

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