On this day in history:
In 1768, Philip Astley, regarded as the father of the modern circus, staged the first event in an open field at what is now the Waterloo area of London.
In 1788, Connecticut became the fifth U.S. state.
In 1861, Mississippi seceded from the Union, becoming a founding member of the Confederate States of America.
In 1916, the Ottoman Empire claimed victory in the Battle of Gallipoli following the evacuation of Allied forces from the peninsula.
In 1945, in World War II, U.S. troops landed on the Philippine island of Luzon, beginning a battle that would rage on for eight months.
In 1947, Elizabeth Short, more commonly known as the Black Dahlia, disappears. Her body was found six days later.
In 1951, the U.N. headquarters opened in New York.
In 1972, the luxury liner Queen Elizabeth was gutted by fire while docked in Hong Kong.
In 1996, rebels in the Russian republic of Chechnya overran the town of Kizlyar and took 2,000 hostages at a hospital and in nearby homes.
In 2005, Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip elected Mahmoud Abbas their new president. He succeeded the late Yasser Arafat.
In 2007, the world changed when Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveiled the iPhone.
In 2007, Venezuelan stock prices fell almost 19 percent -- the biggest drop on record -- and its currency lost almost one-third of its value after President Hugo Chavez pledged to nationalize the country's utilities.
In 2011, an IranAir Boeing 727 with 105 people aboard crashed shortly before it was scheduled to land in northwestern Iran. Authorities said there were 50 survivors.
In 2013, federal officials said an influenza outbreak in the United States was the country's worst in a decade.
In 2014, as part of an agreement to end a political deadlock, Tunisian Prime Minister Ali Laarayedh resigned to let a caretaker government oversee the next elections. Mehdi Jomaa, the minister of industry, became acting PM.
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On January 24th, 1984, the Apple Macintosh went on sale for the first time.
A thought for the day: Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambition. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great. -- Mark Twain
On this date in history:
In 1789, Georgetown College was founded in Georgetown, Md., which later would be part of the District of Columbia.
In 1845, the U.S. Congress decided that all national ...Read More
Those born on this date include:
- American patriot John Hancock in 1737
- French author Stendhal, a pseudonym for Marie-Henri Beyle, in 1783
- French Impressionist painter Edouard Manet in 1832
Today is Monday, Jan. 23, the 23rd day of 2017 with 342 to follow.
The moon is waning. Morning stars are Jupiter, Saturn and Mercury. Evening stars are Neptune, Venus, Mars and Uranus.
On January 23rd, 1789, Georgetown College became the first Catholic college in the United States.