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February 6th - Happy Birthday Axl Rose


Today is Monday, Feb. 6, the 37th day of 2012. There are 329 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:
On Feb. 6, 1952, Britain's King George VI died at Sandringham House in Norfolk, England; he was succeeded as monarch by his daughter, who became Queen Elizabeth II.

On this date:
In 1685, James II of England and VII of Scotland becomes King upon the death of his brother Charles II.
In 1778, American Revolutionary War: In Paris the Treaty of Alliance and the Treaty of Amity and Commerce are signed by the United States and France signaling official recognition of the new republic.
In 1788, Massachusetts becomes the sixth state to ratify the United States Constitution.
In 1806, Battle of San Domingo: British naval victory against the French in the Caribbean.
In 1815, New Jersey grants the first American railroad charter to John Stevens.
In 1820, The first 86 African American immigrants sponsored by the American Colonization Society started a settlement in present-day Liberia.
In 1840, Signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, establishing New Zealand as a British colony.
In 1843, The first minstrel show in the United States, The Virginia Minstrels, opens (Bowery Amphitheatre in New York City).
In 1851, The largest Australian bushfires in a populous region in recorded history take place in the state of Victoria.
In 1862, American Civil War: The U.S. Navy gives the Union its first victory of the war, capturing Fort Henry, Tennessee in the Battle of Fort Henry.
In 1899, Spanish-American War: The Treaty of Paris, a peace treaty between the United States and Spain, is ratified by the United States Senate.
In 1911, Ronald Wilson Reagan, the 40th president of the United States, was born in Tampico, Ill.
In 1914, The Bondetåget, a peasant uprising in support of the monarchy, takes place in Sweden
In 1918, British women over the age of 30 get the right to vote.
In 1922, The Washington Naval Treaty is signed in Washington, D.C., limiting the naval armaments of United States, Britain, Japan, France, and Italy.
In 1922, Cardinal Archille Ratti was elected pope; he took the name Pius XI.
In 1926, The National Football League (NFL) adopted a rule that made players ineligible for competition until their college classes graduate.
In 1929, Rudy Vallee and his orchestra recorded Deep Night (Victor disc #21868). It says in the fine print, under the artist’s name, that the tune was written by Vallee, himself.
In 1932, Dog sled racing happened for the first time in Olympic competition. The demonstration program was presented by the United States and Canada.
In 1933, The 20th Amendment to the United States Constitution, establishing the beginning and ending of the terms of the elected federal offices, goes into effect.
In 1934, Far right leagues rally in front of the Palais Bourbon in an attempted coup against the French Third Republic, creating a political crisis in France.
In 1937, K. Elizabeth Ohi became the first Japanese woman lawyer as she received her degree from John Marshall Law School in Chicago.
In 1942, World War II: The United Kingdom declares war on Thailand.
In 1943, Frank Sinatra made his debut as vocalist on radio’s Your Hit Parade this night. Frankie had left the Tommy Dorsey Band just four months prior to beginning the radio program. He was described as, “...the biggest name in the business.”
In 1950, For the first time, NBC radio broadcast "Dangerous Assignment." The show starred Brian Donlevy in the role of soldier of fortune, Steve Mitchell.
In 1951, The Broker, a Pennsylvania Railroad passenger train derails near Woodbridge Township, New Jersey. The accident kills 85 people and injures over 500 more. The wreck is one of the worst rail disasters in American history.
In 1952, Elizabeth II becomes the first queen regnant of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth Realms since Queen Victoria upon the death of her father, George VI. At the exact moment of succession, she was in a treehouse at the Treetops Hotel in Kenya.
In 1958, Eight Manchester United F.C. players are killed in the Munich air disaster.
In 1959, Jack Kilby of Texas Instruments files the first patent for an integrated circuit.
In 1959, At Cape Canaveral, Florida, the first successful test firing of a Titan intercontinental ballistic missile is accomplished.
In 1960, Rhythm-and-blues singer, songwriter Jesse Belvin died in a car crash in Little Rock, Ark. Belvin, who began his career as half of the duo of Jesse and Marvin, was 26 years old. His Goodnight My Love was a top-ten R&B hit in In 1956.
In 1967, Muhammad Ali retained his world heavyweight title and won the WBA heavyweight title with a 15-round decision over Ernest Terrell in the Houston Astrodome.
In 1968, Joan Whitney Payson was elected president of the New York Mets. She turned out to be a good luck charm. One year later, the ‘Miracle’ Mets became world champions.
In 1971, NASA Astronaut Alan B. Shepard took a six-iron he had stashed away inside his spacecraft and swung at three golf balls on the surface of the moon. Shepard whiffed on the first swing.
In 1977, Queen Elizabeth II marked her Silver Jubilee, the 25th anniversary of her accession to the British Throne. Accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, the Queen traveled some 56,000 miles to share the anniversary with her people.
In 1978, The Blizzard of 1978, one of the worst Nor'easters in New England history, hit the region, with sustained winds of 65 mph and snowfall of 4" an hour.
In 1978, Muriel Humphrey took the oath of office as a United States senator from Minnesota, filling the seat of her late husband, former Vice President Hubert Humphrey.
In 1981, Former Beatles, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison teamed up once again to record a musical tribute to John Lennon. The result of that session became All Those Years Ago. The song went to #2 on the pop music charts for three weeks. It was recorded on Harrison’s own Dark Horse label.
In 1981, Orchestra leader Hugo Montenegro died in Palm Springs, Calif., of emphysema. His arrangement of "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" went to #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 on June 1, 1968.
In 1987, President Ronald Reagan turned 76 years old this day, adding another year to the record of being the oldest U.S. President in history. President Dwight D. Eisenhower had been the previous recordholder, by serving the country from the Oval Office at age 70.
In 1987, Justice Mary Gaudron is appointed to the High Court of Australia, the first woman to be appointed.
In 1987, Wall Street Journal reporter Gerald Seib was released after being detained six days by Iran, accused of being a spy for Israel; Iran said the detention was a result of misunderstandings.
In 1989, The Round Table Talks start in Poland, thus marking the beginning of overthrow of communism in Eastern Europe.
In 1993, Riddick Bowe stopped Michael Dokes in the first round at Madison Square Garden in New York. It was Bowe’s first defense of his heavyweight title.
In 1996, Willamette Valley Flood of 1996: Floods in the Willamette Valley of Oregon, United States, causes over US$500 million in property damage throughout the Pacific Northwest.
In 1998, Washington National Airport is renamed Ronald Reagan National Airport.
In 2000, Second Chechen War: Russia captures Grozny, Chechnya, forcing the separatist Chechen Republic of Ichkeria government into exile.

Ten years ago: A federal judge in Alexandria, Va., ordered John Walker Lindh, the so-called "American Taliban," held without bail pending trial. Britain's Queen Elizabeth II reached a bittersweet milestone, somberly marking 50 years as monarch on the anniversary of the death of her father, King George VI.

Five years ago: Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki complained that the long-awaited Baghdad security operation was off to a slow start, but he also reassured Iraqis that security forces would live up to their responsibilities. Singer Frankie Laine died in San Diego at age 93.

One year ago: Egypt's vice president met with the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood and other opposition groups and offered sweeping concessions, including granting press freedom and rolling back police powers in the government's latest attempt to end two weeks of upheaval. The Green Bay Packers won Super Bowl XLV, defeating the Pittsburgh Steelers 31-25. New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady became the first unanimous choice for The Associated Press NFL Most Valuable Player Award.

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Today's Birthdays: Actress Zsa Zsa Gabor is 95. Actor Patrick Macnee is 90. Actor Rip Torn is 81. Actress Mamie Van Doren is 81. Actor Mike Farrell is 73. Former NBC News anchorman Tom Brokaw is 72. Singer Fabian is 69. Actress Gayle Hunnicutt is 69. Actor Michael Tucker is 68. Producer-director-writer Jim Sheridan is 63. Singer Natalie Cole is 62. Actor Jon Walmsley is 56. Actress Kathy Najimy is 55. Rock musician Simon Phillips (Toto) is 55. Actor-director Robert Townsend is 55. Actor Barry Miller is 54. Actress Megan Gallagher is 52. Rock singer Axl Rose (Guns N' Roses) is 50. Country singer Richie McDonald is 50. Singer Rick Astley is 46. Rock musician Tim Brown (Boo Radleys) is 43. Actor Brandon Hammond is 28. Actress Alice Greczyn is 26.

Other notable birthdays, Feb. 6:
1936, J. Howard Marshall III, American businessman
1942, Sarah Brady, American gun-control activist
1961, Cam Cameron, American football coach
1971, Carlos Rogers, American basketball player
1971, Brian Stepanek, American actor
1972, David Binn, American football player
1975, Chad Allen, American retired baseball player
1976, Princess Marie of Denmark
1977, Josh Stewart, American actor
1981, Calum Best, American model
1981, Ty Warren, American football player
1981, Alison Haislip, American actress and TV personality
1983, Brodie Croyle, American football player
1984, Antoine Wright, American basketball player
1985, Kris Humphries, American basketball player
1988, Bailey Hanks, American actress

Born on this day, Feb. 6, passed away:
1564, Christopher Marlowe, poet, dramatist (The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus) (d. 1593)
1732, Charles Lee, British-born American Revolutionary War figure (d. 1782)
1756, Aaron Burr, American politician and 3rd Vice President of the United States (d. 1836)
1811, Henry George Liddell, father of Alice Liddell (d. 1898)
1833, James Ewell Brown "Jeb" Stuart, American Civil War figure (d. 1864)
1849, Ida Straus, American passenger aboard the Titanic ([sign in to see URL])
1895, Babe Ruth, American baseball player (d. 1948)
1911, Ronald Reagan, 40th President of the United States (d. 2004)
1912, Eva Braun, German mistress and wife of Adolf Hitler (d. 1945)
1913, Mary Leakey, British anthropologist (d. 1996)
1913, John Lund, actor (My Friend Irma, The Wackiest Ship in the Army) (d. 1992)
1914, Thurl Ravenscroft, American voice actor, Tony the Tiger, sang "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch" in The Grinch Who Stole Christmas (d. 2005)
1927, Smoky Burgess, MLB catcher (Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia Phillies, Cincinnati Redlegs, Pittsburgh Pirates, Chicago White Sox) (d. 1991)
1932, Francois Truffaut, director (Fahrenheit 451, The Bride Wore Black) (d. 1984)
1945, Bob Marley, Jamaican musician (d. 1981)
1946, Kate McGarrigle, Canadian singer and songwriter (d. 2010)
1946, Richie Hayward, American musician (Little Feat drummer) (d. 2010)
1958, Cecily Adams, American actress (d. 2004)
1983, Myron Wolf Child, Canadian politician (d. 2007)

Notable deaths, Feb. 6:
1960, Jesse Belvin, American musician (b. 1932)
1976, Vince Guaraldi, jazz pianist (Charlie Brown TV specials) (b. 1933)
1981, Hugo Montenegro, American film music composer (b. 1925)
1989, Osbourne Ruddock, Jamaican music performer (b. 1941)
1991, Danny Thomas, American singer, comedian, and actor (b. 1914)
1993, Arthur Ashe, American tennis player (b. 1943)
1994, Joseph Cotten, American actor (b. 1905)
1994, Jack Kirby, American comic book writer (b. 1917)
1996, Guy Madison, American actor (b. 1922)
1998, [Johann Hoelzel] Falco (Rock Me Amadeus), Austrian singer (b. 1957)
1998, Carl Wilson, American musician, The Beach Boys (b. 1946)
2007, Lew Burdette, American baseball player (b. 1926)
2007, Frankie Laine, American singer (b. 1913)
2009, James Whitmore, American actor (b. 1921)
2011, Gary Moore, Irish musician, Thin Lizzy (b. 1952)

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Today is Wednesday, Feb. 6, the 37th day of 2013. There are 328 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:
On Feb. 6, 1788, Massachusetts became the sixth state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.

One year ago: The U.S. closed its embassy in Syria and Britain recalled its ambassador to Damascus in a new Western push to get President Bashar Assad to leave power and halt the murderous grind in Syria. Jeremy Lin scored a career-high 28 points in his first career start as the New York Knicks beat the Utah Jazz 99-88.

Today's Birthdays: Actress Zsa Zsa Gabor is 96. Actor Patrick Macnee is 91. Actor Rip Torn is 82. Actress Mamie Van Doren is 82. Actor Mike Farrell is 74. Former NBC News anchorman Tom Brokaw is 73. Singer Fabian is 70. Actress Gayle Hunnicutt is 70. Actor Michael Tucker is 69. Producer-director-writer Jim Sheridan is 64. Singer Natalie Cole is 63. Actor Jon Walmsley is 57. Actress Kathy Najimy is 56. Rock musician Simon Phillips (Toto) is 56. Actor-director Robert Townsend is 56. Actor Barry Miller is 55. Actress Megan Gallagher is 53. Rock singer Axl Rose (Guns N' Roses) is 51. Country singer Richie McDonald is 51. Singer Rick Astley is 47. Rock musician Tim Brown (Boo Radleys) is 44. Actor Brandon Hammond is 29. Actress Alice Greczyn (GREH'-chihn) is 27.

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Today is Thursday, Feb. 6, the 37th day of 2014. There are 328 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:
On Feb. 6, 1952, Britain's King George VI died at Sandringham House in Norfolk, England; he was succeeded as monarch by his elder daughter, who became Queen Elizabeth II.

Ten years ago: President George W. Bush appointed a bipartisan commission to examine intelligence on Iraq's weapons. (In a scathing 600-page report released in March 2005, the commission called the spy community "dead wrong on almost all of its prewar judgments" about Iraqi weaponry.) A suicide bomber set off an explosion that ripped through a Moscow subway car during rush hour, killing 41 people. Auto mechanic Joseph P. Smith was charged with kidnapping and murder after authorities in Sarasota, Fla., found the body of 11-year-old Carlie Brucia (BROO'-shuh), whose abduction had been captured by a carwash surveillance camera. (Smith was later convicted and sentenced to death.)

Five years ago: Key senators and the White House reached tentative agreement on an economic stimulus measure at the heart of President Barack Obama's recovery plan. Federal health officials said Peanut Corp. of America, a Georgia peanut processor, had knowingly shipped salmonella-laced products as far back as 2007. Death claimed actors James Whitmore at age 87 and Philip Carey at age 83.

One year ago: The U.S. Postal Service proposed eliminating Saturday mail delivery, an announcement that immediately drew protests from some lawmakers. At least nine people were killed by a tsunami that smashed into villages in the Solomon Islands, flattening dozens of homes in the South Pacific island chain. Toy maker Hasbro Inc. announced that Monopoly fans had voted online to add a cat token to the board game, replacing the iron.

Today's Birthdays: Actress Zsa Zsa Gabor is 97. Actor Patrick Macnee is 92. Actor Rip Torn is 83. Actress Mamie Van Doren is 83. Actor Mike Farrell is 75. Former NBC News anchorman Tom Brokaw is 74. Singer Fabian is 71. Actress Gayle Hunnicutt is 71. Actor Michael Tucker is 70. Producer-director-writer Jim Sheridan is 65. Singer Natalie Cole is 64. Actor Jon Walmsley is 58. Actress Kathy Najimy is 57. Rock musician Simon Phillips (Toto) is 57. Actor-director Robert Townsend is 57. Actor Barry Miller is 56. Actress Megan Gallagher is 54. Rock singer Axl Rose (Guns N' Roses) is 52. Country singer Richie McDonald is 52. Singer Rick Astley is 48. Rock musician Tim Brown (Boo Radleys) is 45. Actor Brandon Hammond is 30. Actress Alice Greczyn (GREH'-chihn) is 28.

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Today is Friday, Feb. 6, the 37th day of 2015. There are 328 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:
On Feb. 6, 1952, Britain's King George VI died at Sandringham House in Norfolk, England; he was succeeded as monarch by his elder daughter, who became Queen Elizabeth II.

Ten years ago: The New England Patriots won their third NFL championship in four years, defeating the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl XXXIX (39) by a score of 24-21. Fans of the late reggae singer Bob Marley celebrated his 60th birthday in his birthplace of Jamaica as well as the Rastafarian holy land of Ethiopia. Eighteen people were found dead of carbon monoxide poisoning in a mountain hostel in eastern Spain. Acclaimed Russian pianist Lazar Berman died in Florence, Italy, at age 74. The animated series "American Dad!" premiered on the Fox Network.

Five years ago: Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, delivering the keynote address at the first national convention of the tea party coalition in Nashville, declared, "America is ready for another revolution." American missionary Robert Park headed home after North Korea released him from six weeks' detention for crossing its border on Christmas Day to protest religious suppression in the totalitarian regime. Jerry Rice and Emmitt Smith led a class of seven new members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

One year ago: House Speaker John Boehner all but ruled out passage of immigration legislation before the fall elections. A suicide bomber blew himself up at the gates of a Syrian prison and rebels stormed in behind him, freeing hundreds of inmates. Baseball Hall of Famer Ralph Kiner, 91, died in Rancho Mirage, California. Former U.S. poet laureate Maxine Kumin died in Warner, New Hampshire, at age 88. Jay Leno said goodbye to NBC's "The Tonight Show" for the second time, making way for Jimmy Fallon to take over as host.

Today's Birthdays: Actress Zsa Zsa Gabor is 98. Actor Patrick Macnee is 93. Cinematographer and filmmaker Haskell Wexler (Film: "Medium Cool") is 93. Actor Rip Torn is 84. Actress Mamie Van Doren is 84. Actor Mike Farrell is 76. Former NBC News anchorman Tom Brokaw is 75. Singer Fabian is 72. Actress Gayle Hunnicutt is 72. Producer-director-writer Jim Sheridan is 66. Singer Natalie Cole is 65. Actor Jon Walmsley is 59. Actress Kathy Najimy is 58. Rock musician Simon Phillips (Toto) is 58. Actor-director Robert Townsend is 58. Actor Barry Miller is 57. Actress Megan Gallagher is 55. Rock singer Axl Rose (Guns N' Roses) is 53. Country singer Richie McDonald is 53. Singer Rick Astley is 49. Rock musician Tim Brown (Boo Radleys) is 46. "Good Morning America" co-host Amy Robach is 42. Actor Brandon Hammond is 31. Actress Alice Greczyn (GREH'-chihn) is 29

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Today is Saturday, Feb. 6, the 37th day of 2016. There are 329 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:
On Feb. 6, 1911, Ronald Wilson Reagan, the 40th president of the United States, was born in Tampico, Ill.

Ten years ago: President George W. Bush submitted a $[sign in to see URL] trillion budget blueprint for fiscal 2007. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales defended the Bush administration's eavesdropping program before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Terrorist conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui (zak-uh-REE'-uhs moo-SOW'-ee) disrupted the opening of his sentencing trial in Alexandria, Va., and was tossed out of court. Hundreds of protesters hurled stones and fire bombs at the Danish Embassy in Tehran to denounce published caricatures of the prophet Muhammad. Stephen Harper was sworn in as Canada's 22nd prime minister. Isabelle Dinoire, the Frenchwoman who'd received the world's first partial face transplant, showed off her new features at a news conference.

Five years ago: Egypt's vice president met with the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood and other opposition groups and offered sweeping concessions, including granting press freedom and rolling back police powers in the government's latest attempt to end two weeks of upheaval. The Green Bay Packers won Super Bowl XLV, defeating the Pittsburgh Steelers 31-25. New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady became the first unanimous choice for The Associated Press NFL Most Valuable Player Award.
One year ago: A message purportedly from the Islamic State group said an American hostage, 26-year-old aid worker Kayla Mueller (MYOO'-lur), had been killed in a Jordanian airstrike in Syria. Jordan dismissed the claim as "criminal propaganda." (Her death was later confirmed by U.S. officials.) President Barack Obama warned against American "overreach" as he outlined a new national security blueprint for his last two years in office. Obama said the threat of terrorism against the homeland had "diminished, but still persists" and vowed to degrade extremist groups using counterterrorism operations and global coalitions, not large-scale, American-led ground wars. NBC News said it had assigned the head of its own investigative unit to look into statements that anchor Brian Williams made about his reporting a dozen years earlier when he said he was in a helicopter hit by a rocket-propelled grenade in Iraq in 2003.

Today's Birthdays: Actress Zsa Zsa Gabor is 99. Cinematographer and filmmaker Haskell Wexler (Film: "Medium Cool") is 94. Actor Rip Torn is 85. Actress Mamie Van Doren is 85. Actor Mike Farrell is 77. Former NBC News anchorman Tom Brokaw is 76. Singer Fabian is 73. Actress Gayle Hunnicutt is 73. Actor Michael Tucker is 72. Producer-director-writer Jim Sheridan is 67. Actor Jon Walmsley is 60. Actress Kathy Najimy is 59. Rock musician Simon Phillips (Toto) is 59. Actor-director Robert Townsend is 59. Actor Barry Miller is 58. Actress Megan Gallagher is 56. Rock singer Axl Rose (Guns N' Roses) is 54. Country singer Richie McDonald is 54. Singer Rick Astley is 50. Rock musician Tim Brown (Boo Radleys) is 47. "Good Morning America" co-host Amy Robach is 43. Actor Brandon Hammond is 32. Actress Alice Greczyn (GREH'-chihn) is 30.

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Today is Monday, Feb. 6, the 37th day of 2017. There are 328 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:
On Feb. 6, 1952, Britain's King George VI, 56, died at Sandringham House in Norfolk, England; he was succeeded as monarch by his 25-year-old elder daughter, who became Queen Elizabeth II.

Ten years ago: Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki (NOO'-ree ahl-MAHL'-ih-kee) complained that a long-awaited Baghdad security operation was off to a slow start, but he also reassured Iraqis that security forces would live up to their responsibilities. Singer Frankie Laine died in San Diego at age 93.

Five years ago: The U.S. closed its embassy in Syria and Britain recalled its ambassador to Damascus in a new Western push to get President Bashar Assad to leave power and halt the murderous grind in Syria. Jeremy Lin of the Knicks scored a career-high 28 points in his first career start as New York beat the Utah Jazz 99-88.

One year ago: Seven GOP Republican hopefuls faced off three days before the New Hampshire primary; Marco Rubio, a first-term senator on the rise in the presidential race, faced a barrage of attacks while Sen. Ted Cruz, fresh off his victory in the Iowa caucuses, also came under withering criticism. A magnitude-6.4 earthquake struck Tainan, Taiwan, killing 116 people. Brett Favre, Ken Stabler, Marvin Harrison, Kevin Greene, Orlando Pace and Tony Dungy were elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton won The Associated Press NFL Most Valuable Player award in a landslide.

Today's Birthdays — Feb. 6: Actor Rip Torn is 86. Actress Mamie Van Doren is 86. Actor Mike Farrell is 78. Former NBC News anchorman Tom Brokaw is 77. Singer Fabian is 74. Actress Gayle Hunnicutt is 74. Actor Michael Tucker is 73. Producer-director-writer Jim Sheridan is 68. Actor Jon Walmsley is 61. Actress Kathy Najimy is 60. Rock musician Simon Phillips (Toto) is 60. Actor-director Robert Townsend is 60. Actor Barry Miller is 59. Actress Megan Gallagher is 57. Rock singer Axl Rose (Guns N' Roses) is 55. Country singer Richie McDonald is 55. Singer Rick Astley is 51. Rock musician Tim Brown (Boo Radleys) is 48. "Good Morning America" co-host Amy Robach is 44. Actor Brandon Hammond is 33. Actress Alice Greczyn (GREH'-chihn) is 31. Rhythm and blues singer/actress Tinashe is 24.

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Today is Tuesday, Feb. 6, the 37th day of 2018. There are 328 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Feb. 6, 1778, during the American Revolutionary War, the United States won official recognition and military support from France with the signing of a Treaty of Alliance in Paris.

Ten years ago: At least 57 deaths were reported after two days of tornadoes that plowed across Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky and Alabama. The Bush White House defended the use of the interrogation technique known as waterboarding, saying it was legal — not torture as critics argued — and had saved American lives. The Phoenix Suns acquired Shaquille O'Neal in a stunning blockbuster deal that sent four-time All-Star Shawn Marion and Marcus Banks to the Miami Heat.



Five years ago: The U.S. Postal Service proposed eliminating Saturday mail delivery, an announcement that immediately drew protests from some lawmakers. At least nine people were killed by a tsunami that smashed into villages in the Solomon Islands, flattening dozens of homes in the South Pacific island chain. Toy maker Hasbro Inc. announced that Monopoly fans had voted online to add a cat token to the board game, replacing the iron.



One year ago: President Donald Trump accused the media of deliberately minimizing coverage of the threat posed by the Islamic State group; the president did not immediately offer evidence to support his claim, made during the new commander in chief's first visit to the headquarters of U.S. Central Command at MacDill Air Force Base in Florida. Irwin Corey, the wild-haired comedian and actor known for his improvisational riffs and nonsensical style who billed himself as "The World's Foremost Authority," died in New York at age 102.



Today's Birthdays — Feb. 6: Actor Rip Torn is 87. Actress Mamie Van Doren is 87. Actor Mike Farrell is 79. Former NBC News anchorman Tom Brokaw is 78. Singer Fabian is 75. Actress Gayle Hunnicutt is 75. Actor Michael Tucker is 74. Producer-director-writer Jim Sheridan is 69. Actor Jon Walmsley is 62. Actress Kathy Najimy is 61. Rock musician Simon Phillips (Toto) is 61. Actor-director Robert Townsend is 61. Actor Barry Miller is 60. Actress Megan Gallagher is 58. Rock singer Axl Rose (Guns N' Roses) is 56. Country singer Richie McDonald is 56. Singer Rick Astley is 52. Rock musician Tim Brown (Boo Radleys) is 49. "Good Morning America" co-host Amy Robach is 45. Actor Josh Stewart is 41. Actor Ben Lawson is 38. Actor Brandon Hammond is 34. Actress Crystal Reed (TV: "Teen Wolf") is 33. Actress Alice Greczyn (GREH'-chihn) is 32. Actress Anna Diop is 30. Rhythm and blues singer/actress Tinashe is 25.

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