updated 1/23/2006 12:01:11 AM ET 2006-01-23T05:01:11

Today is Monday, Jan. 23, the 23rd day of 2006. There are 342 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:
On Jan. 23, 1973, President Nixon announced an accord had been reached to end the Vietnam War.

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 1920, the Dutch government refused demands from the victorious Allies to hand over the ex-kaiser of Germany.

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 proclaiming Jerusalem the capital of Israel.

In 1964, the 24th amendment to the Constitution, eliminating the poll tax in federal elections, was ratified.

In 1968, North Korea seized the U.S. Navy ship Pueblo, charging its crew with being on a spying mission. (The crew was released eleven months later.)

In 1985, debate in Britain’s House of Lords was carried on live television for the first time.

In 1989, surrealist artist Salvador Dali died in his native Spain at age 84.

Ten years ago: Delivering his State of the Union address to a skeptical Republican Congress, President Clinton traced the themes of his re-election campaign and confronted GOP lawmakers on the budget, demanding they “never — ever” shut down the government again.

Five years ago: California energy officials eked sufficient power out of tight West Coast electricity supplies to avoid rush hour blackouts as lawmakers scrambled to make longer-term deals to buy power. Five Falun Gong followers set themselves on fire in China’s Tiananmen Square; one died.

One year ago: Former “Tonight Show” host Johnny Carson died in Malibu, Calif., at age 79. Viktor Yushchenko was sworn in as president of Ukraine. The Philadelphia Eagles defeated the Atlanta Falcons 27-10 to win the NFC championship game; the New England Patriots won the AFC championship by beating the Pittsburgh Steelers, 41-27.

Today’s Birthdays: Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg, D-N.J., is 82. Actress Jeanne Moreau is 78. Actress Chita Rivera is 73. Actor-director Lou Antonio is 72. Actor Gil Gerard is 63. Actor Rutger Hauer is 62. Rhythm-and-blues singer Jerry Lawson (The Persuasions) is 62. Sen. Thomas R. Carper, D-Del., is 59. Singer Anita Pointer is 58. Actor Richard Dean Anderson is 56. Rock musician Bill Cunningham is 56. Rock singer-musician Patrick Simmons (The Doobie Brothers) is 56. Rock musician Danny Federici (Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band) is 56. Rock singer Robin Zander (Cheap Trick) is 53. Princess Caroline of Monaco is 49. Singer Anita Baker is 48. Reggae musician Earl Falconer (UB40) is 47. Actress Gail O’Grady is 43. Actress Mariska Hargitay is 42. Rhythm-and-blues singer Marc Nelson is 35. Actress Tiffani Thiessen is 32.

Thought for Today: “Never continue in a job you don’t enjoy. If you’re happy in what you’re doing, you’ll like yourself, you’ll have inner peace. And if you have that, along with physical health, you will have had more success than you could possibly have imagined.” — Johnny Carson, American talk show host (1925-2005).

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