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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.

    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.

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    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.