Today in History
Today is Monday, January 2, the second day of 2023. There are 363 days left in the year.
Today’s highlight in the story:
On January 2, 1960, Senator John F. Kennedy of Massachusetts launched his successful bid for president.
To this date :
In 1900, US Secretary of State John Hay announced the “Open Door Policy” to facilitate trade with China.
In 1788 Georgia became the fourth state to ratify the US Constitution.
In 1811, Senator Timothy Pickering, a Federalist from Massachusetts, became the first member of the United States Senate to be censured after improperly revealing the contents of an executive document.
In 1929, the United States and Canada reached an agreement on joint action to preserve Niagara Falls.
In 1942, the Philippine capital of Manila was captured by Japanese forces during World War II.
In 1967, Republican Ronald Reagan was sworn in as California’s new governor in a ceremony held in Sacramento shortly after midnight.
In 1971, 66 people were killed in a pile-up of spectators leaving a football match at Ibrox Stadium (EYE’-brox) in Glasgow, Scotland.
In 1974, President Richard Nixon signed a law requiring states to limit highway speeds to 55 miles per hour to save gas in the face of an OPEC oil embargo. (The 55 mph limit was effectively removed in 1987; federal speed limits were abolished in 1995.)
In 2007, the state funeral for former President Gerald R. Ford began with an elaborate service at the National Cathedral in Washington, then moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan.
In 2015, California began issuing driver’s licenses to immigrants who were in the country illegally. Little Jimmy Dickens, a short-lived singer-songwriter who was the Grand Ole Opry’s longest-serving cast member, has died at 94.
In 2016, a heavily armed group led by Ammon and Ryan Bundy seized Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon, beginning a 41-day standoff to protest the jailing of two ranchers convicted of burning land and to demand that the federal government return public lands to local control.
Ten years ago: The United Nations has given a grim new tally of the human cost of Syria’s civil war, saying the death toll has topped 60,000 in 21 months. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has left a New York hospital three days after doctors discovered a blood clot in her head. The Louisville No. 22 toppled the Florida No. 4, 33-23, in the Sugar Bowl.
Five years ago: In 2018, Senator Al Franken officially resigned from the Senate a month after the Minnesota Democrat announced his intention to leave Congress amid a series of sexual misconduct allegations. NBC News has announced that Hoda Kotb (HOH’-duh KAHT’-bee) will co-anchor the first two hours of “Today,” replacing Matt Lauer following his firing due to sexual misconduct allegations. .
A year ago: Twitter said it banned far-right Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s personal account for multiple violations of the platform’s COVID-19 misinformation policy. Tracking service FlightAware said more than 2,600 U.S. flights had been canceled, in addition to more than 2,700 flights canceled a day earlier as wintery weather combined with the pandemic to frustrate air travelers trying to return home after the holidays.
Today’s birthdays: Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert turns 81. TV host Jack Hanna is 76 years old. Actor Wendy Phillips is 71 years old. Actor Cynthia Sikes is 69 years old. Actor Gabrielle Carteris is 62 years old. Director Todd Haynes is 62 years old. Cone is 60 years old. Baseball Hall of Famer Edgar Martinez turns 60. Actor Tia Carrere is 56 years old. Actor Cuba Gooding Jr. is 55 years old. Model Christy Turlington is 54 years old. Actor Taye Diggs is 52 years old. Actor Renée Elise Goldsberry is 52 years old. Rock singer Doug Robb (Hoobastank) is 48 years old. Actor Dax Shepard is 48 years old. Actor Paz Vega is 47 years old. Ballroom dancer Karina Smirnoff (TV: “Dancing with the Stars”) is 45. Rock musician Jerry DePizzo Jr. (OAR) is 44 years old. R&B singer Kelton Kessee (IMX) is 41 years old. Pop singer-musician Ryan Merchant (Capital Cities) is 42 years old. Actor Kate Bosworth is 40 years old. Actor Anthony Carrigan is 40 years old. Actor Peter Gadiot is 38 years old. Jazz singer-musician Trombone Shorty is 37 years old. Mandy Harvey (TV: “America’s Got Talent”) is 35. R&B singer-rapper Bryson Tiller is 30 years old. San Diego Padres shortstop Fernando Tatís Jr. is 24 years old.
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