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January 16th - Happy Birthday John Carpenter & Renee Felice Smith


Today is Monday, Jan. 16, the 16th day of 2012. There are 350 days left in the year. This is the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

Today's Highlight in History:
On Jan. 16, 1912, a day before reaching the South Pole, British explorer Robert Scott and his expedition were bitterly disappointed to find evidence in the form of a rock cairn and dog sled tracks showing that Roald Amundsen of Norway and his team had gotten there ahead of them. (Scott and his party perished during the return trip.)

On this date:
In 27 BC, Gaius Julius Caesar Octavianus is granted the title Augustus by the Roman Senate, marking the beginning of the Roman Empire.
In 550, Gothic War (535–554): The Ostrogoths, under King Totila, conquer Rome after a long siege, by bribing the Isaurian garrison.
In 929, Emir Abd-ar-Rahman III established the Caliphate of Cordoba.
In 1120, The Council of Nablus is held, establishing the earliest surviving written laws of the Crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem.
In 1362, A storm tide in the North Sea destroys the German city of Rungholt on the island of Strand.
In 1412, The Medici family is appointed official banker of the Papacy.
In 1492, The first grammar of the Spanish language is presented to Queen Isabella I.
In 1547, Ivan IV of Russia (popularly known as "Ivan the Terrible") was crowned czar.
In 1556, Philip II becomes King of Spain.
In 1572, Thomas Howard, 4th Duke of Norfolk is tried for treason for his part in the Ridolfi plot to restore Catholicism in England.
In 1581, The English Parliament outlaws Roman Catholicism.
In 1605, The first edition of El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha (Book One of Don Quixote) by Miguel de Cervantes is published in Madrid.
In 1707, The Scottish Parliament ratifies the Act of Union, paving the way for the creation of Great Britain.
In 1761, The British capture Pondicherry, India from the French.
In 1780, American Revolution: Battle of Cape St. Vincent.
In 1786, The Commonwealth of Virginia enacted the Statute for Religious Freedom authored by Thomas Jefferson.
In 1809, Peninsular War: The British defeat the French at the Battle of La Coruña.
In 1847, John C. Fremont is appointed Governor of the new California Territory.
In 1878, Russo-Turkish War (1877–1878), Battle of Philippopolis: Captain Burago with a squadron of Russian Imperial army dragoons liberates Plovdiv from Ottoman rule.
In 1883, The Pendleton Civil Service Reform Act, establishing the United States Civil Service, is passed.
In 1896, Defeat of Cymru Fydd at South Wales Liberal Federation AGM, Newport, Monmouthshire.
In 1900, The United States Senate accepts the Anglo-German treaty of 1899 in which the United Kingdom renounces its claims to the Samoan islands.
In 1909, Ernest Shackleton's expedition finds the magnetic South Pole.
In 1919, Temperance movement: The United States ratifies the Eighteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, authorizing Prohibition in the United States one year after ratification.
In 1920, Prohibition began in the United States as the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution took effect, one year to the day after its ratification. (It was later repealed by the 21st Amendment.)
In 1920, The League of Nations holds its first council meeting in Paris.
In 1924, Eleftherios Venizelos becomes Prime Minister of Greece for the fourth time.
In 1935, fugitive gangster Fred Barker and his mother, Kate "Ma" Barker, were killed in a shootout with the FBI at Lake Weir, Fla.
In 1938, The Benny Goodman Orchestra performed the first jazz concert at Carnegie Hall.
In 1939, The Irish Republican Army (IRA) begins a bombing and sabotage campaign in England.
In 1942, actress Carole Lombard, 33, her mother Elizabeth and 20 other people were killed when their plane crashed near Las Vegas, Nev., while en route to California from a war-bond promotion tour.
In 1944, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower took command of the Allied Expeditionary Forces in London.
In 1945, Adolf Hitler moves into his underground bunker, the so-called Führerbunker.
In 1956, President Gamal Abdal Nasser of Egypt vows to reconquer Palestine.
In 1968, The Youth International Party is founded.
In 1969, Czech student Jan Palach commits suicide by self-immolation in Prague, in protest against the Soviets' crushing of the Prague Spring the year before.
In 1969, Soviet spacecraft Soyuz 4 and Soyuz 5 perform the first-ever docking of manned spacecraft in orbit, the first-ever transfer of crew from one space vehicle to another, and the only time such a transfer was accomplished with a space walk.
In 1970, Buckminster Fuller receives the Gold Medal award from the American Institute of Architects.
In 1978, NASA named 35 candidates to fly on the space shuttle, including Sally K. Ride, who became America's first woman in space, and Guion S. Bluford Jr., who became America's first black astronaut in space.
In 1979, The Shah of Iran flees Iran with his family and relocates to Egypt.
In 1986, First meeting of the Internet Engineering Task Force.
In 1987, Hu Yaobang resigned as head of China's Communist Party, declaring he'd made mistakes in dealing with student turmoil and intellectual challenges to the system. Broadway columnist Earl Wilson died in Yonkers, N.Y., at age 79.
In 1991, the White House announced the start of Operation Desert Storm to drive Iraqi forces out of Kuwait.
In 1992, officials of the government of El Salvador and rebel leaders signed a pact in Mexico City ending 12 years of civil war that had left at least 75,000 people dead.
In 2001, Congolese President Laurent-Désiré Kabila is assassinated by one of his own bodyguards.
In 2001, US President Bill Clinton awards former President Theodore Roosevelt a posthumous Medal of Honor for his service in the Spanish-American War.
In 2002, The UN Security Council unanimously establishes an arms embargo and the freezing of assets of Osama bin Laden, Al-Qaida, and the remaining members of the Taliban.
In 2003, The Space Shuttle Columbia takes off for mission STS-107 which would be its final one. Columbia disintegrated 16 days later on re-entry.
In 2006, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is sworn in as Liberia's new president. She becomes Africa's first female elected head of state.

Ten years ago: Richard Reid was indicted in Boston on federal charges alleging he'd tried to blow up a [sign in to see URL] jetliner with explosives hidden in his shoes. (Reid later pleaded guilty and was sentenced to life in prison.) A gunman went on a shooting rampage at the Appalachian School of Law in Grundy, Va., killing the dean, a professor and a student; former student Peter Odighizuwa later pleaded guilty to capital murder and was sentenced to life in prison.

Five years ago: Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., launched his successful bid for the White House. Jury selection began in the CIA leak trial of former White House aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby. (Libby was later convicted of perjury, obstruction and lying to the FBI; President George W. Bush ended up commuting Libby's 30-month prison term.) Two car bombs exploded outside Al-Mustansiriya University in Baghdad, killing at least 70 people. Pookie Hudson, lead singer for the Spaniels doo-wop group, died in Capitol Heights, Md., at age 72. Actor Ron Carey ("Barney Miller") died in Los Angeles at age 71.

One year ago: Former Haitian strongman Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier, who'd been living in exile in France, made a surprise return to Haiti as the country wrestled with a political crisis, cholera outbreak and stalled reconstruction from a devastating earthquake. "The Social Network" won top movie honors at the Golden Globes with four prizes, including best drama and director; "The Kids Are All Right" won for best musical or comedy. Top TV honors went to "Boardwalk Empire" and "Glee."

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Today's Birthdays: Author William Kennedy is 84. Author-editor Norman Podhoretz is 82. Opera singer Marilyn Horne is 78. Hall of Fame auto racer A.J. Foyt is 77. Singer Barbara Lynn is 70. Country singer Ronnie Milsap is 69. Country singer Jim Stafford is 68. Talk show host Dr. Laura Schlessinger is 65. Movie director John Carpenter is 64. Actress-dancer-choreographer Debbie Allen is 62. Singer Sade (shah-DAY') is 53. Rock musician Paul Webb (Talk Talk) is 50. Rhythm-and-blues singer Maxine Jones (En Vogue) is 46. Actor David Chokachi is 44. Actor Richard T. Jones is 40. Actress Josie Davis is 39. Model Kate Moss is 38. Rock musician Nick Valensi (The Strokes) is 31. Actress Yvonne Zima is 23.

Other notable birthdays, Jan. 16:
1942, René Angélil, Canadian music executive, husband of Celine Dion
1947, Sarah Jane Olson, American political activist
1949, Caroline Munro, British actress
1965, Jill Sobule, American singer-songwriter
1969, Roy Jones Jr., American boxer
1970, Brendan O'Hare, Scottish drummer (Teenage Fanclub, Telstar Ponies)
1970, Ron Villone, American baseball player
1971, Sergi Bruguera, Spanish tennis player
1972, Joe Horn, American football player
1974, Marlon Anderson, American baseball player
1977, Jeff Foster, American basketball player
1978, Alfredo Amézaga, Mexican baseball player
1980, Albert Pujols, Dominican-born baseball player
1985, Joe Flacco, American football player
1986, Mason Gamble, American actor

Born on this day, Jan. 16, passed away:
1821, John C. Breckinridge, American lawyer and politician; 14th Vice President of the United States and Confederate general (d. 1875)
1878, Harry Carey, American silent film actor (d. 1947)
1901, Fulgencio Batista, Cuban leader (d. 1973)
1901, Frank Zamboni, American inventor (d. 1988)
1908, Ethel Merman, American actress and singer (d. 1984)
1910, Dizzy Dean, American baseball player (d. 1974)
1914, Roger Wagner, American choral musician (d. 1992)
1917, Carl Karcher, founded the Carl's Jr. hamburger chain (d. 2008)
1932, Dian Fossey, American zoologist (d. 1985)
1933, Susan Sontag, American writer (d. 2004)
1961, Paul Raven, English musician (Killing Joke) (d. 2007)
1969, Per Yngve "Dead" Ohlin, Swedish black metal vocalist (Mayhem) (d. 1991)
1979, Aaliyah, American R&B singer/actress (d. 2001)

Notable deaths, Jan. 16:
1901, Hiram Revels, first African-American to serve in the U. S. Senate (b. 1822)
1906, Marshall Field, American entrepreneur (b. 1834)
1917, George Dewey, American admiral (b. 1837)
1935, Ma Barker, American criminal (b. 1871)
1942, Carole Lombard, American actress (b. 1908)
1968, Bob Jones Sr, American evangelist (b. 1883)
1972, Ross Bagdasarian Sr. (David Seville), American actor (b. 1919)
1979, Ted Cassidy, American actor (b. 1932)
1981, Bernard Lee, English actor, M in James Bond films (b. 1908)
1982, Red Smith, American sports columnist (b. 1905)
1993, Glenn Corbett, American actor (b. 1930)
1997, Ennis Cosby, son of entertainer Bill Cosby (b. 1969)
1997, Markus Hoffmann, German actor (b. 1971)
2000, Will "Dub" Jones, American singer (The Coasters) (b. 1928)
2002, Ron Taylor, American actor (b. 1952)
2007, Ron Carey, American actor (b. 1935)
2007, Benny Parsons, American racecar driver and commentator (b. 1941)
2009, Andrew Wyeth, American realist painter (b. 1917)
2010, Glen Bell, American businessman, founder of Taco Bell. (b. 1923)

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Today is Wednesday, Jan. 16, the 16th day of 2013. There are 349 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Jan. 16, 2003, the space shuttle Columbia blasted off under extremely tight security for what turned out to be its last flight; on board was Israel's first astronaut, Ilan Ramon (ee-LAHN' rah-MOHN'). (The mission ended in tragedy on Feb. 1, when the shuttle broke up during its return descent, killing all seven crew members.)

One year ago: Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney fended off attacks from rivals during a debate in Myrtle Beach, S.C.; hours before the debate, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman withdrew from the race and announced his support for Romney despite their differences. Jimmy Castor, funk and soul saxophonist, singer and songwriter whose tune, "It's Just Begun," morphed into an anthem for generations of musical acts, died in Las Vegas at age 71.

Today's Birthdays: Author William Kennedy is 85. Author-editor Norman Podhoretz is 83. Opera singer Marilyn Horne is 79. Hall of Fame auto racer A.J. Foyt is 78. Singer Barbara Lynn is 71. Country singer Ronnie Milsap is 70. Country singer Jim Stafford is 69. Talk show host Dr. Laura Schlessinger is 66. Movie director John Carpenter is 65. Actress-dancer-choreographer Debbie Allen is 63. Singer Sade (shah-DAY') is 54. Rock musician Paul Webb (Talk Talk) is 51. Rhythm-and-blues singer Maxine Jones (En Vogue) is 47. Actor David Chokachi (CHOH'-kuh-chee) is 45. Actor Richard T. Jones is 41. Actress Josie Davis is 40. Model Kate Moss is 39. Rock musician Nick Valensi (The Strokes) is 32. Actress Yvonne Zima is 24.

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Today is Thursday, Jan. 16, the 16th day of 2014. There are 349 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:
On Jan. 16, 1944, during World War II, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower formally assumed command of the Allied Expeditionary Forces in London.

Ten years ago: Pop star Michael Jackson pleaded not guilty to child molestation charges during a court appearance in Santa Maria, Calif.; the judge scolded Jackson for being 21 minutes late. (Jackson was eventually acquitted.) NASA announced that the orbiting Hubble Space Telescope would be allowed to degrade and eventually become useless. Freddy Adu, the 14-year-old phenom, was selected by D.C. United as the first pick in the Major League Soccer draft.

Five years ago: President-elect Barack Obama made a pitch for his massive economic stimulus plan at a factory in Bedford Heights, Ohio, saying his proposal would make smart investments in the country's future and create solid jobs in up-and-coming industries. Painter Andrew Wyeth died in Chadds Ford, Pa., at age 91. John Mortimer, the British lawyer-writer who'd created the curmudgeonly criminal lawyer Rumpole of the Bailey, died in the Chiltern Hills, England, at age 85.

One year ago: Braced for a fight, President Barack Obama unveiled the most sweeping proposals for curbing gun violence in two decades, pressing a reluctant Congress to pass universal background checks and bans on military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines like the ones used in the Newtown, Conn., school shooting. The federal government grounded Boeing's newest and most technologically advanced jetliner, declaring that U.S. airlines could not fly the 787 again until the risk of battery fires was addressed. Pauline Friedman Phillips, better known as advice columnist Dear Abby, died in Minneapolis at age 94.

Today's Birthdays: Author William Kennedy is 86. Author-editor Norman Podhoretz is 84. Opera singer Marilyn Horne is 80. Hall of Fame auto racer A.J. Foyt is 79. Singer Barbara Lynn is 72. Country singer Ronnie Milsap is 71. Country singer Jim Stafford is 70. Talk show host Dr. Laura Schlessinger is 67. Movie director John Carpenter is 66. Actress-dancer-choreographer Debbie Allen is 64. Singer Sade (shah-DAY') is 55. Rock musician Paul Webb (Talk Talk) is 52. Rhythm-and-blues singer Maxine Jones (En Vogue) is 48. Actor David Chokachi (CHOH'-kuh-chee) is 46. Actor Richard T. Jones is 42. Actress Josie Davis is 41. Model Kate Moss is 40. Rock musician Nick Valensi (The Strokes) is 33. Actress Renee Felice Smith (TV: "NCIS: Los Angeles") is 29. NFL quaterback Joe Flacco is 29. Actress Yvonne Zima is 25.

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Today is Friday, Jan. 16, the 16th day of 2015. There are 349 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:
On Jan. 16, 1865, Union Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman issued Special Field Order No. 15, which decreed that 400,000 acres of land in South Carolina, Georgia and Florida would be confiscated, divided into 40-acre lots and given to former slaves. (The order, which was later revoked by President Andrew Johnson, is believed to have inspired the expression, "Forty acres and a mule.")

Ten years ago: The U.S. military freed 81 detainees in Afghanistan, ahead of the Muslim feast of Eid al-Adha. Golden Globes were awarded to "The Aviator" as best movie drama and "Sideways" as best movie musical or comedy.

Five years ago: As precious water and food began reaching parched and hungry earthquake survivors on the streets of Haiti's ruined capital Port-au-Prince, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton met with Haitian President Rene Preval (reh-NAY' preh-VAHL') and promised that U.S. quake relief efforts would be closely coordinated with local officials. Glen W. Bell Jr., 86, founder of the Taco Bell chain, died in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.

One year ago: The Vatican was called to account for the global priest sex abuse scandal as U.N. experts in Geneva interrogated the Holy See for eight hours about the scale of abuse, and what it was doing to prevent it. The U.S. Senate voted 72-26 for a $1.1 trillion government-wide spending bill, sending it to President Barack Obama for his signature. The state of Ohio executed Dennis McGuire for the 1989 rape and fatal stabbing of pregnant newlywed Joy Stewart; McGuire gasped and snorted for 26 minutes before he was declared dead, raising questions about the drugs used in his lethal injection. "American Hustle" and "Gravity" each received 10 Academy Award nominations; "12 Years a Slave" (which ended up winning Best Picture) trailed close behind with nine Oscar nods. Death claimed actors Russell Johnson ("Gilligan's Island") at age 89 and Dave Madden ("The Partridge Family") at age 82.

Today's Birthdays: Author William Kennedy is 87. Author-editor Norman Podhoretz is 85. Opera singer Marilyn Horne is 81. Hall of Fame auto racer A.J. Foyt is 80. Singer Barbara Lynn is 73. Country singer Ronnie Milsap is 72. Singer Katherine Anderson Schaffner (The Marvelettes) is 71. Country singer Jim Stafford is 71. Talk show host Dr. Laura Schlessinger is 68. Movie director John Carpenter is 67. Actress-dancer-choreographer Debbie Allen is 65. Singer Sade (shah-DAY') is 56. Rock musician Paul Webb (Talk Talk) is 53. Rhythm-and-blues singer Maxine Jones (En Vogue) is 49. Actor David Chokachi (CHOH'-kuh-chee) is 47. Actor Richard T. Jones is 43. Actress Josie Davis is 42. Model Kate Moss is 41. Country musician James Young (The Eli Young Band) is 35. Rock musician Nick Valensi (The Strokes) is 34. Actress Renee Felice Smith (TV: "NCIS: Los Angeles") is 30. NFL quaterback Joe Flacco is 30. Actress Yvonne Zima is 26.

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Today is Saturday, Jan. 16, the 16th day of 2016. There are 350 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:
On Jan. 16, 1991, the White House announced the start of Operation Desert Storm to drive Iraqi forces out of Kuwait. (Allied forces prevailed on Feb. 28, 1991.)

Ten years ago: A U.S. military helicopter crashed north of Baghdad, killing the two crew members; it was the third American chopper to go down in ten days. Africa's first elected female head of state, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, was sworn in as Liberia's new president. "Brokeback Mountain" won four Golden Globes, including best motion picture drama; "Lost" won best dramatic television series while "Desperate Housewives" won for best musical or comedy series.

Five years ago: Former Haitian strongman Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier, who'd been living in exile in France, made a surprise return to Haiti as the country wrestled with a political crisis, cholera outbreak and stalled reconstruction from a devastating earthquake. "The Social Network" won top movie honors at the Golden Globes with four prizes, including best drama and director; "The Kids Are All Right" won for best musical or comedy. Top TV honors went to "Boardwalk Empire" and "Glee."

One year ago: President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron met at the White House; Obama argued that a resurgent fear of terrorism across Europe and the United States should not lead countries to overreact and shed privacy protections, while Cameron pressed for more government access to encrypted communications used by U.S. companies. Anti-terrorism raids across Europe netted dozens of suspects as authorities rushed to thwart more attacks by people with links to Mideast Islamic extremists. The NCAA agreed to restore 112 football wins it had stripped from Penn State and Joe Paterno in the Jerry Sandusky child-molestation scandal and to reinstate the venerated late coach as the winningest in major college football history.

Today's Birthdays: Author William Kennedy is 88. Author-editor Norman Podhoretz is 86. Opera singer Marilyn Horne is 82. Hall of Fame auto racer A.J. Foyt is 81. Singer Barbara Lynn is 74. Country singer Ronnie Milsap is 73. Singer Katherine Anderson Schaffner (The Marvelettes) is 72. Country singer Jim Stafford is 72. Talk show host Dr. Laura Schlessinger is 69. Movie director John Carpenter is 68. Actress-dancer-choreographer Debbie Allen is 66. Singer Sade (shah-DAY') is 57. Rock musician Paul Webb (Talk Talk) is 54. Rhythm-and-blues singer Maxine Jones (En Vogue) is 50. Actor David Chokachi (CHOH'-kuh-chee) is 48. Actor-writer-director Josh Evans is 45. Actor Richard T. Jones is 44. Actress Josie Davis is 43. Model Kate Moss is 42. Country musician James Young (The Eli Young Band) is 36. Rock musician Nick Valensi (The Strokes) is 35. Actress Renee Felice Smith (TV: "NCIS: Los Angeles") is 31. NFL quaterback Joe Flacco is 31. Actress Yvonne Zima is 27.

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Today is Monday, Jan. 16, the 16th day of 2017. There are 349 days left in the year. This is the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

Today's Highlight in History:
On Jan. 16, 1942, actress Carole Lombard, 33, her mother, Elizabeth, and 20 other people were killed when their plane crashed near Las Vegas, Nevada, while en route to California from a war-bond promotion tour.

Ten years ago: Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., launched his successful bid for the White House. Jury selection began in the CIA leak trial of former White House aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby. (Libby was later convicted of perjury, obstruction and lying to the FBI; President George W. Bush ended up commuting Libby's 30-month prison term.) Two car bombs exploded outside Al-Mustansiriya University in Baghdad, killing at least 70 people. Pookie Hudson, lead singer for the Spaniels doo-wop group, died in Capitol Heights, Md., at age 72. Actor Ron Carey (TV: "Barney Miller") died in Los Angeles at age 71.

Five years ago: Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney fended off attacks from rivals during a debate in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; hours before the debate, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman withdrew from the race and announced his support for Romney despite their differences. Jimmy Castor, funk and soul saxophonist, singer and songwriter whose tune, "It's Just Begun," morphed into an anthem for generations of musical acts, died in Las Vegas at age 71.

One year ago: The U.N. nuclear agency certified that Iran had met all of its commitments under a landmark deal, prompting the West to lift economic sanctions that had been in place for years. Taiwan elected Tsai Ing-wen as its first female president, handing her pro-independence party its first majority in the national legislature. Former NFL coach Ted Marchibroda, 84, died in Weems, Va.

Today's Birthdays — Jan. 16: Author William Kennedy is 89. Author-editor Norman Podhoretz is 87. Opera singer Marilyn Horne is 83. Hall of Fame auto racer A.J. Foyt is 82. Singer Barbara Lynn is 75. Country singer Ronnie Milsap is 74. Singer Katherine Anderson Schaffner (The Marvelettes) is 73. Country singer Jim Stafford is 73. Talk show host Dr. Laura Schlessinger is 70. Movie director John Carpenter is 69. Actress-dancer-choreographer Debbie Allen is 67. Rhythm-and-blues singer Maxine Jones (En Vogue) is 58. Singer Sade (shah-DAY') is 58. Rock musician Paul Webb (Talk Talk) is 55. Actor David Chokachi (CHOH'-kuh-chee) is 49. Actor-writer-director Josh Evans is 46. Actor-comedian Jonathan Mangum is 46. Actor Richard T. Jones is 45. Actress Josie Davis is 44. Model Kate Moss is 43. Actor/playwright Lin-Manuel Miranda (Stage: "Hamilton") is 37. Country musician James Young (The Eli Young Band) is 37. Rock musician Nick Valensi (The Strokes) is 36. Actress Renee Felice Smith is 32. NFL quaterback Joe Flacco is 32. Actress Yvonne Zima is 28.

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Today is Tuesday, Jan. 16, the 16th day of 2018. There are 349 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Jan. 16, 1978, NASA named 35 candidates to fly on the space shuttle, including Sally K. Ride, who became America's first woman in space, and Guion S. Bluford Jr., who became America's first black astronaut in space.

Ten years ago: President George W. Bush closed out his Mideast trip with a brief visit to Egypt, where he was welcomed by President Hosni Mubarak (HOHS'-nee moo-BAH'-rahk). Archbishop Earl Paulk, the 80-year-old leader of a megachurch, pleaded guilty in Atlanta to lying under oath about his sexual affairs and was sentenced to 10 years' probation. (Paulk died in March 2009.)



Five years ago: President Barack Obama unveiled the most sweeping proposals for curbing gun violence in two decades, pressing a reluctant Congress to pass universal background checks and bans on military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines like the ones used in the Newtown, Connecticut, school shooting. (Both proposals went down to defeat.) The federal government temporarily grounded Boeing's newest and most technologically advanced jetliner, declaring that U.S. carriers could not fly the 787 Dreamliner again until the risk of battery fires was addressed. (The grounding order was lifted three months later.) Pauline Friedman Phillips, better known as advice columnist Dear Abby, died in Minneapolis at age 94.



One year ago: Turkish authorities captured an Uzbek national suspected of killing 39 people during an attack on an Istanbul nightclub during New Year's celebrations. A shooting attack at an electronic music festival in Mexico's Caribbean coastal resort of Playa del Carmen left five people dead, including three foreigners. President Barack Obama, his days in office dwindling, celebrated the World Series champion Chicago Cubs at the White House. Former NASA astronaut Eugene Cernan, to date the last man to walk on the moon, died in Houston at age 82.



Today's Birthdays — Jan. 16: Author William Kennedy is 90. Author-editor Norman Podhoretz is 88. Opera singer Marilyn Horne is 84. Hall of Fame auto racer A.J. Foyt is 83. Singer Barbara Lynn is 76. Country singer Ronnie Milsap is 75. Singer Katherine Anderson Schaffner (The Marvelettes) is 74. Country singer Jim Stafford is 74. Talk show host Dr. Laura Schlessinger is 71. Movie director John Carpenter is 70. Actress-dancer-choreographer Debbie Allen is 68. Rhythm-and-blues singer Maxine Jones (En Vogue) is 59. Singer Sade (shah-DAY') is 59. Pop/rock singer-songwriter Jill Sobule is 59. Rock musician Paul Webb (Talk Talk) is 56. Actor David Chokachi (CHOH'-kuh-chee) is 50. Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta is 49. Actor-writer-director Josh Evans is 47. Actor-comedian Jonathan Mangum is 47. Actor Richard T. Jones is 46. Actress Josie Davis is 45. Model Kate Moss is 44. Actor-playwright Lin-Manuel Miranda is 38. Country musician James Young (The Eli Young Band) is 38. Rock musician Nick Valensi (The Strokes) is 37. Actress Renee Felice Smith is 33. NFL quarterback Joe Flacco is 33. Actress Yvonne Zima is 29.

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