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Today in History

By The Associated Press

Today is Monday, Jan. 29, the 29th day of 2007. There are 336 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On Jan. 29, 1820, Britain’s King George III died at Windsor Castle, ending a reign that had seen both the American and French revolutions.

On this date:

In 1843, the 25th president of the United States, William McKinley, was born in Niles, Ohio.

In 1845, Edgar Allan Poe’s poem “The Raven” was first published, in the New York Evening Mirror.

In 1850, Henry Clay introduced in the Senate compromise proposals on slavery.

In 1861, Kansas became the 34th state of the Union.

In 1936, the first members of baseball’s Hall of Fame, including Ty Cobb and Babe Ruth, were named in Cooperstown, N.Y.

In 1958, actors Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward were married.

In 1963, the first members of pro football’s Hall of Fame were named in Canton, Ohio.

In 1979, President Carter formally welcomed Chinese Vice Premier Deng Xiaoping to the White House, following the establishment of diplomatic relations.

In 1996, fire destroyed Italy’s opera house La Fenice.

In 1998, a bomb rocked an abortion clinic in Birmingham, Ala., killing Robert Sanderson, an off-duty police officer working as a security guard, and critically injuring nurse Emily Lyons. (The bomber, Eric Rudolph, was captured in May 2003.)

Ten years ago: Threatened with lawsuits across the country, America Online agreed to give refunds to customers who weren’t able to log on because of the overwhelming demand created by AOL’s flat $19.95 per month rate.

Five years ago: In his first State of the Union address, President Bush said terrorists were still threatening America — and he warned of “an axis of evil” consisting of North Korea, Iran and Iraq. Actor Harold Russell, who received two Oscars for his sensitive portrayal of a disabled veteran in “The Best Years of Our Lives,” died in Needham, Mass., at age 88.

One year ago: ABC “World News Tonight” co-anchor Bob Woodruff and a cameraman were seriously injured in a roadside bombing in Iraq. Roger Federer won his seventh Grand Slam title, overcoming an early challenge from unseeded Marcos Baghdatis to win the Australian Open 5-7, 7-5, 6-0, 6-2. Avant garde video artist Nam June Paik died in Miami at age 74.

Today’s Birthdays: Actor John Forsythe is 89. Actor Noel Harrison is 73. Author Germaine Greer is 68. Actress Katharine Ross is 67. Actor Tom Selleck is 62. Rhythm-and-blues singer Bettye LaVette is 61. Actor Marc Singer is 59. Actress Ann Jillian is 57. Rock musician Tommy Ramone (Ramones) is 55. Rock musician Louie Perez (Los Lobos) is 54. Talk show host Oprah Winfrey is 53. Actress Diane Delano is 50. Actress Judy Norton Taylor (“The Waltons”) is 49. Rock musician Johnny Spampinato (NRBQ) is 48. Olympic gold-medal diver Greg Louganis is 47. Rock musician David Baynton-Power (James) is 46. Rock musician Eddie Jackson (Queensryche) is 46. Actor Nicholas Turturro is 45. Rock singer-musician Roddy Frame (Aztec Camera) is 43. Actor-director Edward Burns is 39. Actress Heather Graham is 37. Actor Sharif Atkins is 32. Actress Sara Gilbert is 32. Actor Andrew Keegan is 28. Actor Jason James Richter is 27. Blues musician Jonny Lang is 26.

Thought for Today: “Love is an irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired.” — Robert Frost, American poet (1874-1963).

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