Today is Wednesday, Jan. 10, the 10th day of 2018 with 355 to follow.

The moon is waning. Morning stars are Jupiter, Mars, Mercury and Saturn. Evening stars are Neptune and Uranus.

Those born on this date are under the sign of Capricorn. They include poet Robinson Jeffers in 1887; musician Ronnie Hawkins (The Band) in 1935 (age 83); historian Stephen Ambrose in 1936; Olympic decathlon champion Bill Toomey in 1939 (age 79); singer Jim Croce in 1943; singer Frank Sinatra Jr. in 1944; singer-songwriter Rod Stewart in 1945 (age 73); musician Donald Fagen (Steely Dan) in 1948 (age 70); actor William Sanderson in 1944 (age 74); X-rated film actor Linda Lovelace in 1949; boxer George Foreman in 1949 (age 69); singer Pat Benatar in 1953 (age 65); singer Shawn Colvin in 1956 (age 62); New Zealand screenwriter Fran Walsh in 1959 (age 59); Ajit Pai, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, in 1973 (age 45); actor Jemaine Clement in 1974 (age 44); rapper Chris Smith (Kris Kross) in 1979 (age 39); model Keyshia Ka'oir in 1985 (age 33).


On this date in history:

In 1789, the first nationwide U.S. presidential election was conducted. Electors chosen by the voters unanimously picked George Washington as president and John Adams as vice president.

In 1861, Florida seceded from the United States.

In 1878, a constitutional amendment that would give women the right to vote was introduced into the U.S. Senate. It wasn't until 42 years later that the amendment was enacted.

In 1901, oil was discovered at the Spindletop claim near Beaumont, Texas, launching the Southwest oil boom.

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In 1920, the League of Nations came into being as the Treaty of Versailles went into effect.

In 1946, the first meeting of the U.N. General Assembly convened in London.

In 1957, Six dynamite blasts heavily damaged four black churches in Montgomery, Ala., and the homes of two ministers. No one was injured.

In 1984, the United States established full diplomatic relations with the Vatican for the first time in 116 years.

In 2000, America Online announced plans to acquire Time Warner Inc. for $111 billion. The Federal Trade Commission approved the deal later that year.

In 2003, North Korea announced it was withdrawing from the 1979 nuclear non-proliferation treaty.

In 2008, Edmund Hillary, who gained international fame as a member of the first climbing party to scale Mount Everest, died in Auckland, New Zealand, at age 88.

In 2013, U.S. President Barack Obama chose White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew as the next secretary of the Treasury Department.

In 2014, Target said personal information on 70 million to 110 million of its customers was stolen during a holiday-period security breach. The upper total was nearly triple the figure earlier reported by the company.

In 2015, more than 70 people died and about 200 were sickened by home-brewed beer contaminated with crocodile bile in Mozambique.

A thought for the day: "The Constitution was not made to fit us like a straitjacket. In its elasticity lies its chief greatness." -- Woodrow Wilson