Today is Tuesday, Jan. 4, the fourth day of 2011. There are 361 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On Jan. 4, 1951, during the Korean War, North Korean and Communist Chinese forces recaptured the city of Seoul (sohl).
On this date:
In 1861, Alabama seized a federal arsenal at Mount Vernon near Mobile.
In 1896, Utah was admitted as the 45th state.
In 1904, the Supreme Court, in Gonzalez v. Williams, ruled that Puerto Ricans were not aliens and could enter the United States freely; however, the court stopped short of declaring them U.S. citizens.
In 1948, Burma (now called Myanmar) became independent of British rule.
In 2007, Nancy Pelosi was elected the first female speaker of the House as Democrats took control of Congress.
Ten years ago: It was announced that George, the politics and lifestyle magazine founded by the late John F. Kennedy, Jr., would fold. Orchestra leader Les Brown, known for his "Band of Renown," died at age 88.
Five years ago: Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon suffered a significant stroke; his official powers were transferred to his deputy, Ehud Olmert (EH'-hood OHL'-murt). (Sharon remains in a coma.) In a triple-overtime game that began Jan. 3 and finished after midnight, No. 3. Penn State beat No. 22 Florida State, 26-23, in the Orange Bowl. No. 2 Texas won college football's championship, beating No. 1 Southern California 41-38 in the Rose Bowl.
One year ago: Dubai opened the world's tallest skyscraper, and in a surprise move renamed the 2,717-foot gleaming glass-and-metal tower Burj Khalifa in a nod to the leader of neighboring Abu Dhabi — the oil-rich sheikdom which had come to its financial rescue. The Secret Secret said that a third uninvited guest had made his way into the White House state dinner for India's prime minister in Nov. 2009. Tsutomu Yamaguchi, the only person recognized by the Japanese government as a survivor of both the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombings at the end of World War II, died at age 93.
Today's Birthdays: Actress Barbara Rush is 84. Football Hall-of-Fame coach Don Shula is 81. Actress Dyan Cannon is 74. Opera singer Grace Bumbry is 74. Author-historian Doris Kearns Goodwin is 68. Country singer Kathy Forester (The Forester Sisters) is 56. Actress Ann Magnuson is 55. Rock musician Bernard Sumner (New Order, Joy Division) is 55. Country singer Patty Loveless is 54. Rock singer Michael Stipe (R.E.M.) is 51. Actor Patrick Cassidy is 49. Actor Dave Foley is 48. Actor Rick Hearst (TV: "The Bold and the Beautiful") is 46. Singer-musician Cait O'Riordan is 46. Actress Julia Ormond is 46. Tennis player Guy Forget (ghee fohr-ZHAY') is 46. Country singer Deana Carter is 45. Rock musician Benjamin Darvill (Crash Test Dummies) is 44. Actor Jeremy Licht is 40. Actress-singer Jill Marie Jones is 36. Alt-country singer Justin Townes Earle is 29. Christian rock singer Spencer Chamberlain (Underoath) is 28. Comedian-actress Charlyne Yi is 25.
Thought for Today: "Lie down and listen to the crabgrass grow, the faucet leak, and learn to leave them so." — Marya Mannes, American author-journalist (1904-1990).
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