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This day in history

Today is Tuesday, Jan. 2, the second day of 2018. There are 363 days left in the year.

Birthdays: Country musician Harold Bradley is 92. Former House speaker Dennis Hastert is 76. TV host and zookeeper Jack Hanna is 71. Actor Cuba Gooding Jr. is 50. Actor Taye Diggs is 47. Actress Renee Elise Goldsberry is 47. Actress Kate Bosworth is 35. Trombone Shorty is 32.

In 1921, religious services were broadcast on radio for the first time as KDKA in Pittsburgh aired the regular Sunday service of the city’s Calvary Episcopal Church.

In 1935, Bruno Hauptmann went on trial in Flemington, N. J., on charges of kidnapping and murdering the 20-month-old son of Charles and Anne Lindbergh. (Hauptmann was found guilty and executed.)


In 1942, the Philippine capital of Manila was captured by Japanese forces during World War II.

In 1955, the president of Panama, Jose Antonio Remon Cantera, was assassinated at a racetrack.

In 1967, Republican Ronald Reagan took the oath of office as the new governor of California.

In 1974, President Nixon signed legislation requiring states to limit highway speeds to 55 miles an hour as a way of conserving gasoline in the face of an OPEC oil embargo. (The 55 miles per hour limit was effectively phased out in 1987; federal speed limits were abolished in 1995.)

In 1991, Sharon Pratt was sworn in as mayor of Washington, D.C., becoming the first black woman to head a city of Washington’s size and prominence.

In 2006, a methane gas explosion at the Sago Mine in West Virginia killed 12 miners, but one miner, Randal McCloy, Jr., was eventually rescued.

In 2008, the Justice Department opened a full criminal investigation into the destruction of CIA videotapes of the interrogation of two Al Qaeda suspects. (A special prosecutor later cleared the CIA’s former top clandestine officer and others.) Oil prices soared to $100 a barrel for the first time.


In 2013, the United Nations gave a grim new count of the human cost of Syria’s civil war, saying the death toll had exceeded 60,000 in 21 months. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton left a New York hospital, three days after doctors discovered a blood clot in her head.

Last year, a suicide bomber driving a pickup loaded with explosives struck a bustling market in Baghdad, killing at least 36 people in an attack claimed by the Islamic State.