There are 357 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
- On Jan. 8, 1935, rock-and-roll legend Elvis Presley was born in Tupelo, Miss.
On this date:
- In 1798, the Eleventh Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was declared in effect by President John Adams nearly three years after its ratification by the states; it prohibited a citizen of one state from suing another state in federal court.
- In 1815, U.S. forces led by Gen. Andrew Jackson defeated the British in the Battle of New Orleans, the closing engagement of the War of 1812.
- In 1918, President Woodrow Wilson outlined his "Fourteen Points" for lasting peace after World War I. Mississippi became the first state to ratify the 18th Amendment to the Constitution, which established Prohibition.
- In 1959, Charles de Gaulle was inaugurated as president of France's Fifth Republic. In Cuba, Fidel Castro and his army arrived in Havana in triumph following the overthrow of Fulgencio Batista.
- In 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson declared a "War on Poverty" in his State of the Union address.
- In 1973, the Paris peace talks between the United States and North Vietnam resumed.
- In 1976, Chinese premier Zhou Enlai died in Beijing.
- In 1987, for the first time, the Dow Jones industrial average closed above 2,000, ending the day at 2,002.25.
- In 1989, 47 people were killed when a British Midland Boeing 737-400 carrying 126 people crashed in central England.
- In 2003, a US Airways Express commuter plane crashed at the Charlotte, N.C., airport, killing all 21 people on board.
- A Turkish Airlines jet crashed in Turkey, killing 75 people.
Ten years ago:
- By a unanimous vote, senators formally ratified the rules for President Bill Clinton's impeachment trial.
- The top two executives of Salt Lake City's Olympic organizing committee resigned amid disclosures that civic boosters had given cash to members of the International Olympic Committee.
Five years ago:
- A U.S. Black Hawk medivac helicopter crashed near Fallujah, Iraq, killing all nine soldiers aboard.
- Libya agreed to compensate family members of victims of a 1989 bombing of a French passenger plane over the Niger desert that killed 170 people.
One year ago:
- Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton and Republican John McCain won the New Hampshire primaries.
- U.S. Army Lt. Col. Steven L. Jordan, the only officer charged in the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse scandal, was cleared of criminal wrongdoing.
- A quick-thinking Boy Scout foiled an assassination attempt on the president of the Maldives, grabbing an attacker's knife as the man leapt from a crowd.
- Paintings by Pablo Picasso and Brazilian painter Candido Portinari, stolen from Brazil's Sao Paulo Museum in December 2007, were recovered.
- Actor-comedian Larry Storch is 86.
- Actor Ron Moody is 85.
- Comedian Soupy Sales is 83.
- Broadcast journalist Sander Vanocur is 81.
- CBS newsman Charles Osgood is 76.
- Singer Shirley Bassey is 72.
- Game show host Bob Eubanks is 71.
- Country-gospel singer Cristy Lane is 69.
- Rhythm-and-blues singer Anthony Gourdine (Little Anthony and the Imperials) is 68.
- Actress Yvette Mimieux is 67.
- Physicist Stephen Hawking is 67.
- Rock musician Robby Krieger (The Doors) is 63.
- Rock singer David Bowie is 62.
- Movie director John McTiernan is 58.
- Actress Harriet Sansom Harris is 54.
- Singer-songwriter Ron Sexsmith is 45.
- Actress Maria Pitillo is 44.
- Actress Michelle Forbes is 44.
- Singer R. Kelly is 42.
- Rock musician Jeff Abercrombie (Fuel) is 40.
- Actress Ami Dolenz is 40.
- Reggae singer Sean Paul is 36.
- Country singer Tift Merritt is 34.
- Actress-rock singer Jenny Lewis is 33.
- Actress Amber Benson is 32.
- Actor Scott Whyte is 31.
- Actress Sarah Polley is 30.
- Actress Rachel Nichols is 29.
- Actress Gaby Hoffman is 27.
- Rock musician Disashi Lumumbo-Kasongo (Gym Class Heroes) is 26.
Thought for Today:
"In order to go on living one must try to escape the death involved in perfectionism."
Hannah Arendt, American author and historian (1906-1975).
"Let's all be careful out there!"