This day in history

This day in history

Saturday, Jan. 19, is the 19th day of 2013. There are 346 days left in the year.

Today’s birthdays: former UN Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar is 93. Actress Jean Stapleton is 90. Actor Fritz Weaver is 87. Actress Tippi Hedren is 83. Newsman Robert MacNeil is 82. Singer Phil Everly is 74. Actor-singer Michael Crawford is 71. Actress Shelley Fabares is 69. Country singer Dolly Parton is 67. TV chef Paula Deen is 66. Actor Desi Arnaz Jr. is 60. Actress Katey Sagal is 59. Conductor Sir Simon Rattle is 58. International Tennis Hall of Famer Stefan Edberg is 47. Actor Shawn Wayans is 42. Actress Drea de Matteo is 41. Olympic gold medal gymnast Shawn Johnson is 21.

In 1807, Confederate general Robert E. Lee was born in Westmoreland County, Va.


In 1853, Giuseppe Verdi’s opera ‘‘Il Trovatore’’ premiered in Rome.

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In 1861, Georgia became the fifth state to secede from the Union.

In 1937, millionaire Howard Hughes set a transcontinental air record by flying his monoplane from Los Angeles to Newark in 7 hours, 28 minutes, and 25 seconds.

In 1955, a presidential news conference was filmed for television for the first time, with the permission of President Eisenhower.

In 1966, Indira Gandhi was elected prime minister of India.


In 1981, the United States and Iran signed an accord leading to the release of 52 Americans held hostage for more than 14 months.

In 2008, actress Suzanne Pleshette died in Los Angeles at age 70.

In 2012, six US Marines were killed in a helicopter crash in southern Afghanistan.