Today is Sunday, Jan. 6, the sixth day of 2019 with 359 to follow.
The moon is waxing. Morning stars are Jupiter, Mercury, Uranus and Venus. Evening stars are Mars, Neptune and Uranus.
Those born on this date are under the sign of Capricorn. They include French battlefield leader St. Joan of Arc in 1412; Frenchman Jacques-Etienne Montgolfier, who, with his brother, invented the hot air balloon, in 1745; German archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann, who discovered the ruins of ancient Troy, in 1822; Lebanese writer Khalil Gibran in 1883; baseball Hall of Fame member Early Wynn in 1920; golf Hall of Fame member Cary Middlecoff in 1921; auto executive John DeLorean in 1925; author E.L. Doctorow in 1931; U.S. football coach/broadcaster Lou Holtz in 1937 (age 82); actor Bonnie Franklin in 1944; Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Syd Barrett (Pink Floyd) in 1946; Hall of Fame golfer Nancy Lopez in 1957 (age 62); Hall of Fame football player/actor/broadcaster Howie Long in 1960 (age 59); actor Rowan Atkinson in 1955 (age 64); journalist Nigella Lawson in 1960 (age 59); film composer AR Rahman (Slumdog Millionaire) in 1967 (age 52); filmmaker John Singleton in 1968 (age 51); actor Norman Reedus in 1969 (age 50); television chef Ree Drummond (The Pioneer Woman) in 1969 (age 50); television personality Julie Chen in 1970 (age 49); actor Eddie Redmayne in 1982 (age 37); actor Kate McKinnon in 1984 (age 35); businessman Eric Trump (son of President Donald Trump) in 1984 (age 35); rock singer Alex Turner (Arctic Monkeys) in 1986 (age 33).
In 1838, in Morristown, N.J., Samuel F.B. Morse and his partner, Alfred Vail, publicly demonstrated their new invention, the telegraph, for the first time.
In 1912, New Mexico joined the United States as the 47th state.
In 1914, the day after the Ford Motor Co. announced the "$5 Day," more than 10,000 men jockeyed for places as each sought to become one of the army of 22,000 workers who would benefit under the $10,000,000 profit-sharing plan.
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In 1919, Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th president of the United States, died at the age of 60.
In 1925, Paavo Nurmi, known as the "Flying Finn" and regarded as the greatest runner of his day, set world records in the mile run and 5,000-meter run within the space of 1 hour in his first U.S. appearance, an indoor meet at New York City's new Madison Square Garden.
In 1942, a Pan American Airways plane arrived in New York, completing the first around-the-world flight by a commercial airliner.
In 1950, Britain formally recognized the communist government of China.
In 1961, Vice President Richard Nixon made official that he had been defeated by Sen. John F. Kennedy in one of the closest presidential elections in history.
In 1984, the first test-tube quadruplets, all boys, were born in Melbourne, Australia.
In 1993, dancer and choreographer Rudolf Nureyev died of cardiac complications at the age of 54. It was later confirmed that he had AIDS.
In 1993, jazz trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie died of cancer at the age of 75.
In 1994, American skater Nancy Kerrigan was clubbed on the right knee in an attack that forced her out of the U.S. Figure Skating Championships. The assault was traced to four men with links to her leading rival, Tonya Harding.
In 1996, the Blizzard of 1996 began, dropping up to 4 feet of snow and paralyzing Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia and other major cities in the Northeast. The winter weather was blamed for dozens of deaths.
In 1999, an agreement ended a six-month player lockout by owners of National Basketball Association teams.
In 2005, Edgar Ray Killen was arrested in connection to the murders of three civil rights workers in 1964. He was found guilty on June 21, 2005, the 41st anniversary of the crime, and sentenced to 60 years in prison.
In 2010, Tsutomu Yamaguchi, the only officially recognized survivor of both the 1945 U.S. atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki that led to the Japanese surrender in World War II, died of stomach cancer at age 93.
In 2011, U.S. President Barack Obama named William Daley, a Wall Street executive, to be his chief of staff.
In 2014, Martin Walsh was sworn in as Boston's first new mayor in more than two decades, succeeding Thomas Menino.
In 2018, Iranian oil tanker Sanchi collided with Hong Kong cargo ship, spilling nearly a barrels worth of oil in the East China Sea and killing 32 people.
A thought for the day: "Be practical as well as generous in your ideals. Keep your eyes on the stars, but remember to keep your feet on the ground." -- Theodore Roosevelt
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