This day in history

Saturday, Jan. 5, is the fifth day of 2013. There are 360 days left in the year.

Today’s birthdays: Former Vice President Walter F. Mondale is 85. Actor Robert Duvall is 82. Pro Football Hall of Fame coach Chuck Noll is 81. King Juan Carlos of Spain is 75. Talk show host Charlie Rose is 71. Actress-director Diane Keaton is 67. Rock musician Chris Stein (Blondie) is 63. Singer Iris Dement is 52. Rock singer Marilyn Manson is 44. Actor Bradley Cooper is 38. Actress January Jones is 35.

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


In 1925, Nellie T. Ross of Wyoming became America’s first female governor.

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In 1933, the 30th president of the United States, Calvin Coolidge, died in Northampton at age 60. Construction began on the Golden Gate Bridge. (Work was completed four years later.)

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

In 1957, President Dwight D. Eisenhower proposed assistance to countries to help them resist communist aggression in what became known as the Eisenhower Doctrine.

In 1970, ‘‘All My Children’’ premiered on


In 1983, President Ronald Reagan announced he was nominating Elizabeth Dole to be secretary of transportation; Dole became the first woman to head a Cabinet department in Reagan’s administration, and first to head the DOT.

In 1993, the state of Washington executed Westley Allan Dodd, an admitted child sex killer, in America’s first legal hanging since 1965.