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Today in History - Jan. 5

Celebrity birthdays, highlights in history, plus more facts about this day
/ Source: The Associated Press

Today is Friday, Jan. 5, the fifth day of 2007. There are 360 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:
Fifty years ago, on Jan. 5, 1957, President Eisenhower, in an address to Congress, proposed offering military assistance to Middle Eastern countries so they could resist Communist aggression; this became known as the Eisenhower Doctrine.

On this date:
In 1589, Catherine de Medici of France died at age 69.

In 1781, a British naval expedition led by Benedict Arnold burned Richmond, Va.

In 1895, French Capt. Alfred Dreyfus, convicted of treason, was publicly stripped of his rank. (He was ultimately vindicated.)

In 1925, Nellie T. Ross succeeded her late husband as governor of Wyoming, becoming the first female governor in U.S. history.

In 1933, the 30th president of the United States, Calvin Coolidge, died in Northampton, Mass., at age 60.

In 1949, in his State of the Union address, President Truman labeled his administration the Fair Deal.

In 1970, Joseph A. Yablonski, an unsuccessful candidate for the presidency of the United Mine Workers of America, was found murdered with his wife and daughter at their Clarksville, Pa., home. UMW President Anthony Boyle and three others were convicted of the killings.

In 1972, President Nixon ordered development of the space shuttle.

In 1994, Thomas P. “Tip” O’Neill, former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, died in Boston at age 81.

In 1998, Sonny Bono, the 1960’s pop star-turned-politician, was killed when he struck a tree while skiing in South Lake Tahoe, Calif.; he was 62.

Ten years ago: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat held a secret, predawn summit, but fell short of agreement on the issues holding up an Israeli troop withdrawal from Hebron.

Five years ago: Charles Bishop, a 15-year-old student pilot, deliberately crashed a small plane into a skyscraper in Tampa, Fla., killing himself. Italy’s foreign minister, Renato Ruggiero, resigned after a spat with Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi over the government’s lukewarm reception of the euro.

One year ago: Attacks across Iraq killed more than 120 Iraqis and 11 U.S. service members. A building used as a hostel by pilgrims in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, collapsed, killing at least 76 people. Christian broadcaster Pat Robertson suggested that Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s stroke was divine punishment for “dividing God’s land.” (Robertson later apologized.)

Today’s Birthdays: Former Vice President Walter F. Mondale is 79. Actor Robert Duvall is 76. Football Hall-of-Fame coach Chuck Noll is 75. King Juan Carlos of Spain is 69. Talk show host Charlie Rose is 65. Actress-director Diane Keaton is 61. Rhythm-and-blues musician George “Funky” Brown (Kool and the Gang) is 58. Rock musician Chris Stein (Blondie) is 57. Actress Pamela Sue Martin is 54. Actor Clancy Brown is 48. Singer Iris Dement is 46. Actor Vinnie Jones is 42. Rock musician Kate Schellenbach (Luscious Jackson) is 41. Actress Heather Paige Kent is 38. Rock singer Marilyn Manson is 38. Actress January Jones is 29.

Thought for Today: “All that is gold does not glitter; not all those that wander are lost.” — J.R.R. Tolkien, English author (1892-1973).