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Today in History

Today is Sunday, Jan. 13, the 13th day of 2013. There are 352 days left in the year.

Today’s birthdays: actress Frances Sternhagen is 83. ­Comedian Rip Taylor is 79. ­Actor Billy Gray is 75. Actor Richard Moll is 70. Rock musician Trevor Rabin is 59. Rhythm-and-blues musician Fred White is 58. Rock musician James Lomenzo (Megadeth) is 54. Actor Kevin Anderson is 53. Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus is 52. Rock singer Graham ‘‘Suggs’’ McPherson (Madness) is 52. Country singer Trace Adkins is 51. Actress ­Penelope Ann Miller is 49. ­Actor Patrick Dempsey is 47. Actress Traci Bingham is 45. Actor Keith Coogan is 43. ­Actress Nicole Eggert is 41. ­Actor Orlando Bloom is 36. ­Actor Julian Morris is 30.

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In 1733, James Oglethorpe and some 120 English colonists arrived at Charleston, S.C., en route to settle in present-day Georgia.

In 1794, President George Washington approved a measure adding two stars and two stripes to the American flag, following admission of Vermont and Kentucky to the Union.

In 1966, Robert C. Weaver was named secretary of housing and urban development by President Lyndon B. Johnson; Weaver became the first black Cabinet member.

In 1982, an Air Florida 737 crashed into Washington, D.C.’s 14th Street Bridge and fell into the Potomac River after taking off during a snowstorm, killing 78 people; four passengers and a flight attendant survived.

In 1987, West German ­police arrested Mohammed Ali Hamadi, a suspect in the 1985 hijacking of a TWA jetliner. ­(Although convicted and sentenced to life, Hamadi was ­paroled by Germany in December 2005; he is on the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorists list.)

In 1990, L. Douglas Wilder of Virginia became the nation’s first elected black governor as he took the oath of office in Richmond.

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