Today is Tuesday, Jan. 29, the 29th day of 2013. There are 336 days left in the year.
Today’s birthdays: Author Germaine Greer is 74. Actress Katharine Ross is 73. Actor Tom Selleck is 68. Rhythm-and-blues singer Bettye LaVette is 67. Rock musician Tommy Ramone (Ramones) is 61. Talk show host Oprah Winfrey is 59. Actor-director Edward Burns is 45. Actress Heather Graham is 43. Pop-rock singer Adam Lambert (“American Idol”) is 31.
In 1845, Edgar Allan Poe’s poem ‘‘The Raven’’ was first published in the New York Evening Mirror.
In 1861, Kansas became the 34th state of the Union.
In 1919, the ratification of the 18th Amendment to the Constitution, which launched Prohibition, was certified by Acting Secretary of State Frank L. Polk.
In 1936, the first inductees of baseball’s Hall of Fame, including Ty Cobb and Babe Ruth, were named in Cooperstown, N.Y.
In 1958, actors Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward were married in Las Vegas.
In 1963, poet Robert Frost died in Boston at age 88.
In 1979, President Jimmy Carter formally welcomed Chinese Vice Premier Deng Xiaoping to the White House, following the establishment of diplomatic relations.