Today in history

Today is Tuesday, January 4, the fourth day of 2022. There are 361 days left in the year.

Today’s highlight in history:

On January 4, 2007, Nancy Pelosi was elected the first female Speaker of the House as Democrats took control of Congress.

To this date :

In 1821, the first American saint born in the country, Elizabeth Ann Seton, died in Emmitsburg, Maryland.

In 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, in his State of the Union Address, called for legislation to provide assistance to the unemployed, the elderly, impoverished children and the disabled.

In 1948, Burma (now called Myanmar) became independent from British rule.

In 1964, Pope Paul VI began a visit to the Holy Land, the first papal pilgrimage of its kind

In 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson delivered his State of the Union Address in which he outlined the goals of his “Great Society”.

In 1974, President Richard Nixon refused to turn over the tapes and documents subpoenaed by the Senate Watergate Committee.

In 1987, 16 people were killed when an Amtrak train bound for Washington, DC, in Boston collided with Conrail locomotives that had passed in its way from a side track in Chase, Maryland.

In 1990, Charles Stuart, who claimed he was injured and his pregnant wife was shot and killed by a thief, jumped to his death from a Boston bridge after becoming a suspect himself.

In 1999, the new European currency, the euro, got off to a good start on its first trading day, appreciating against the dollar in global currency markets. Former professional wrestler Jesse Ventura was sworn in as governor of Minnesota.

In 2002, Staff Sgt. 1st Class Nathan Ross Chapman, a US Army Special Forces soldier, was killed by small arms fire during an ambush in eastern Afghanistan; he was the first American serviceman to die under enemy fire in the War on Terror.

In 2006, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon suffered a severe stroke; his official powers were transferred to his deputy, Ehud Olmert (EH’-hood OHL’-murt). (Sharon remained in a coma until her death in January 2014.)

In 2015, Pope Francis appointed 156 new cardinals, selecting them from 14 countries, including remote corners of the world, to reflect the diversity of the Roman Catholic Church and its growth in places like Asia and Africa. .

Ten Years Ago: Defying Republican lawmakers, President Barack Obama stormed the Senate using a suspended appointment to appoint Richard Cordray as the first director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Five years ago: President Barack Obama urged Congressional Democrats to “watch out for the American people” to defend his legacy of health care overhaul, while Vice President-elect Mike Pence strongly told Republicans that the dismantling of “Obamacare” was number 1 on Donald. Trump’s list. Macy’s said it was cutting more than 10,000 jobs and plans to move forward with 68 store closings after a disappointing holiday shopping season.

A year ago: At a campaign rally in Georgia for the Republican run-off candidates for the US Senate the next day, President Donald Trump said he would “fight like hell” to retain the presidency and called on Republican lawmakers to back down. his electoral defeat. Preparing for possible violence, the nation’s capital mobilized the National Guard ahead of planned protests by Trump supporters as part of the Congress vote to assert Joe Biden’s electoral victory. A British judge has rejected the United States’ request to extradite WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to face espionage charges, saying it would be “oppressive” because of his sanity. (An appeals court later overturned that decision; lawyers for Assange seek to appeal.) Death claimed actors Gregory Sierra, 83, known for the 1970s sitcoms “Barney Miller” and ” Sanford and Son ”, and Tanya Roberts, who was in the James Bond film“ A View to a Kill ”and the TV series“ That ’70s Show ”; she was 65 years old.

Today’s Birthdays: Actress Barbara Rush is 95 years old. Opera singer Grace Bumbry is 85 years old. Actor Dyan Cannon is 83 years old. Author-historian Doris Kearns Goodwin is 79 years old. Country singer Kathy Forester (The Forester Sisters) is 67 years old. Actress Ann Magnuson is 66 years old. Rock musician Bernard Sumner (New Order, Joy Division) is 66 years old. Country singer Patty Loveless is 65. Actor Julian Sands is 64 years old. Rock singer Michael Stipe is 62 years old. Actor Patrick Cassidy is 60 years old. Actor Dave Foley is 59 years old. Actor Dot Jones is 58 years old. Actor Rick Hearst is 57 years old. Singer-musician Cait O’Riordan is 57 years old. Actor Julia Ormond is 57 years old. Former tennis player Guy Forget (ghee fohr-ZHAY ‘) is 57 years old. Country singer Deana Carter is 56 years old. Rock musician Benjamin Darvill (Crash Test Dummies) is 55 years old. Actor Josh Stamberg is 52 years old. Actor Damon Gupton is 49 years old. Actor-singer Jill Marie Jones is 47 years old. Actor D’Arcy Carden is 42 years old. Christian rock singer Spencer Chamberlain (Underoath) is 39 years old. Actor Lenora Crichlow is 37 years old. Comedian-actor Charlyne Yi is 36 years old. MLB star Kris Bryant is 30. Actor-singer Coco J Those is 24.

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