This day in history

Monday, Jan. 7, is the seventh day of 2013. There are 358 days left in the year.

Today’s birthdays: Author William Peter Blatty is 85. Magazine publisher Jann Wenner is 67. Singer Kenny Loggins is 65. Actor David Caruso is 57. Talk show host Katie Couric is 56. Rock musician Kathy Valentine (The Go-Go’s) is 54. Senator John Thune (R-S.D.) is 52. Actor Nicolas Cage is 49. Actor Jeremy Renner is 42.

In 1610, astronomer Galileo Galilei began observing three of Jupiter’s moons.


In 1789, the first US presidential election was held. Americans voted for electors who, a month later, chose George Washington to be president.

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In 1800, the 13th president, Millard Fillmore, was born in Summerhill, N.Y.

In 1942, the Japanese siege of Bataan began during World War II.

In 1953, President Truman announced in his State of the Union message to Congress that the US had developed a hydrogen bomb.

In 1973, sniper Mark Essex laid siege at a Howard Johnson’s in New Orleans, killing seven people before he was slain by sharpshooters.


In 2006, Jill Carroll, a freelance journalist for The Christian Science Monitor, was kidnapped and her translator shot dead in Baghdad.