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This Day in History

Today is Sunday, Jan. 6, the sixth day of 2013. There are 359 days left in the year.

Today’s Birthdays: Pollster Louis Harris is 92. Former All-Star pitcher Ralph Branca is 87. Author E.L. Doctorow is 82. Actress Bonnie Franklin is 69. Country musician Joey, the CowPolka King (Riders in the Sky) is 64. Former FBI director Louis Freeh is 63. Rock singer-musician Kim Wilson (The Fabulous Thunderbirds) is 62. Singer Jett Williams is 60. Rock musician Malcolm Young (AC-DC) is 60. Actor-comedian Rowan Atkinson is 58. World Golf Hall of Famer Nancy Lopez is 56. Rhythm-and-blues singer Kathy Sledge is 54. TV chef Nigella Lawson is 53. Rhythm-and-blues singer Eric Williams (BLACKstreet) is 53. Movie composer A.R. Rahman (‘‘Slumdog Millionaire”) is 47. Movie director John Singleton is 45. TV personality Julie Chen is 43. Actor Danny Pintauro (“Who’s the Boss?”) is 37. Actress Rinko Kikuchi (Film: ‘‘Babel”) is 32. NBA player Gilbert Arenas is 31. Rock singer Alex Turner (Arctic Monkeys) is 27.

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In 1540, England’s King Henry VIII married his fourth wife, Anne of Cleves. (The marriage lasted about six months.)

In 1759, George Washington and Martha Dandridge Custis were married in New Kent County, Va.

In 1838, Samuel Morse and Alfred Vail gave the first successful public demonstration of their telegraph, in Morristown, N.J.

In 1912, New Mexico became the 47th state.

In 1919, the 26th president of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt, died in Oyster Bay, N.Y., at age 60.

In 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, in his State of the Union address, outlined a goal of ‘‘Four Freedoms’’: Freedom of speech and expression; the freedom of people to worship God in their own way; freedom from want; and freedom from fear.

In 1942, the Pan American Airways Pacific Clipper, a flying boat built by Boeing, arrived in New York more than a month after leaving California and following a westward route.

In 1945, George Herbert Walker Bush married Barbara Pierce in Rye, N.Y.

In 1950, Britain recognized the Communist government of China.

In 1963, ‘‘Oliver!,’’ Lionel Bart’s musical adaptation of the Dickens novel ‘‘Oliver Twist,’’ opened on Broadway. ‘

In 2003, Iraqi President Saddam Hussein accused UN inspectors of engaging in ‘‘intelligence work’’ instead of searching for suspected nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons in his country.

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