This day in history

Saturday, Jan. 12, is the 12th day of 2013. There are 353 days left in the year.

Today’s birthdays: Actress Luise Rainer is 103. Rock musician Cynthia Robinson (Sly and the Family Stone) is 69. Singer-musician George Duke is 67. Movie director Wayne Wang is 64. Radio commentator Rush Limbaugh is 62. Actress Kirstie Alley is 62. Writer Walter Mosley is 61. Radio personality Howard Stern is 59. Writer-producer-director John Lasseter is 56. Broadcast journalist Christiane Amanpour is 55. Actor Oliver Platt is 53. Basketball Hall of Famer Dominique Wilkins is 53. Singer Melanie Chisholm (Spice Girls) is 39. Rock singer Zayn Malik (One Direction) is 20.

In 1828, the United States and Mexico signed a Treaty of Limits defining the boundary between the two countries to be the same as the one established by an 1819 treaty between the United States and Spain.


In 1912, textile workers at the Everett Mill in Lawrence (most of them immigrant women) walked off the job to protest wage cuts.

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In 1915, the House of Representatives rejected, 204 to 174, a constitutional amendment giving women the right to vote.

In 1948, the US Supreme Court, in Sipuel v. Board of Regents of University of Oklahoma, ruled that state law schools could not discriminate against applicants on the basis of race.

In 1959, Berry Gordy Jr. founded Motown Records (originally Tamla Records) in Detroit.

In 1969, the New York Jets of the American Football League upset the Baltimore Colts of the National Football League, 16-7, in Super Bowl III.


In 1971, the groundbreaking situation comedy ‘‘All in the Family’’ premiered on CBS television.

In 1987, Anglican Church envoy Terry Waite arrived in Lebanon on his latest mission to win the release of Western hostages; however, Waite ended up being taken captive himself, and wasn’t released until 1991.

In 2010, Haiti was struck by a magnitude-7 earthquake, killing as many as 300,000 people.