There are 342 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
- On Jan. 23, 1968, North Korea seized the Navy intelligence ship USS Pueblo, charging its crew with being on a spying mission. (The crew was released 11 months later.)
On this date:
- In 1789, Georgetown University was established in present-day Washington, D.C.
- In 1845, Congress decided all national elections would be held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November.
- In 1932, New York Gov. Franklin D. Roosevelt announced his candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination.
- In 1943, critic Alexander Woollcott suffered a fatal heart attack during a live broadcast of the CBS radio program "People's Platform."
- In 1950, the Israeli Knesset approved a resolution affirming Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
- In 1964, the 24th amendment to the Constitution, eliminating the poll tax in federal elections, was ratified.
- In 1973, President Richard M. Nixon announced an accord had been reached to end the Vietnam War.
- In 1989, surrealist artist Salvador Dali died in his native Figueres, Spain, at age 84.
- In 2002, Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl was abducted in Karachi, Pakistan, by a group demanding the return of prisoners from the Afghan campaign; he was later slain.
- In 2005, former "Tonight Show" host Johnny Carson died in Malibu, Calif., at age 79.
Ten years ago:
- A federal judge ordered Monica Lewinsky to submit to an interview sought by House prosecutors in President Bill Clinton's impeachment trial.
- During his visit to Mexico, Pope John Paul II urged his flock in the Americas to make the region a "continent of life."
Five years ago:
- The Illinois Supreme Court upheld former Gov. George Ryan's powers to commute sentences, keeping 32 spared inmates off death row.
- The enduring situation comedy "Friends" filmed its final episode in front of an invitation-only audience.
- Bob Keeshan, TV's "Captain Kangaroo," died in Windsor, Vt., at age 76.
One year ago:
- Tens of thousands of Palestinians poured into Egypt from Gaza after Palestinian militants used land mines to breach a barrier dividing the border town of Rafah.
- French Open winner Michael Chang was elected to the International Tennis Hall of Fame, and IMG creator Mark McCormack and Tennis Week magazine founder Eugene Scott were selected posthumously.
- Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg, D-N.J., is 85.
- Actress Jeanne Moreau is 81.
- Actress Chita Rivera is 76.
- Actor-director Lou Antonio is 75.
- Actor Gil Gerard is 66.
- Actor Rutger Hauer is 65.
- Rhythm-and-blues singer Jerry Lawson (The Persuasions) is 65.
- Sen. Thomas R. Carper, D-Del., is 62.
- Singer Anita Pointer is 61.
- Actor Richard Dean Anderson is 59.
- Rock musician Bill Cunningham is 59.
- Rock singer Robin Zander (Cheap Trick) is 56.
- Princess Caroline of Monaco is 52.
- Singer Anita Baker is 51.
- Reggae musician Earl Falconer (UB40) is 50.
- Actress Gail O'Grady is 46.
- Actress Mariska Hargitay is 45.
- Rhythm-and-blues singer Marc Nelson is 38.
- Actress Tiffani Thiessen is 35.
- Rock musician Nick Harmer (Death Cab for Cutie) is 34.
Thought for Today:
"A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones."
"Let's all be careful out there!"