By The Associated Press

Today’s highlight in the story:

On January 17, 1961, President Dwight D. Eisenhower delivered his farewell address in which he warned against “the acquisition of unwarranted influence, sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex”.

To this date :

In 1917, Denmark ceded the Virgin Islands to the United States for $25 million.

In 1944, during World War II, Allied forces launched the first of four battles for Monte Cassino in Italy; the Allies eventually succeeded.

In 1950, the Great Brink’s Robbery took place when seven masked men robbed a Brink’s garage in Boston, stealing $1.2 million in cash and $1.5 million in checks and money orders. (Although the entire gang was captured, only some of the loot was recovered.)

In 1955, the USS Nautilus conducted its first nuclear-powered test from its berth in Groton (GRAH’-tuhn), Connecticut.

In 1966, Simon & Garfunkel’s “Sounds of Silence” album was released by Columbia Records.

In 1977, convicted murderer Gary Gilmore, 36, was shot by firing squad at Utah State Prison in the first American execution in a decade.

In 1994, the 6.7 magnitude Northridge earthquake struck southern California, killing at least 60 people, according to the US Geological Survey.

In 1995, more than 6,000 people were killed when a 7.2 magnitude earthquake devastated the city of Kobe (koh-bay), Japan.

In 1996, Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman and nine supporters were sentenced to long prison terms for plotting to blow up monuments in the New York area.

In 1997, an Irish court granted the first divorce in the history of the Catholic country.

In 2016 Iran freed three Americans, former US Marine Amir Hekmati, Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian and Pastor Saeed Abedini, in a prisoner swap that also netted Tehran some $100 billion. dollars in sanctions relief.

In 2020, US health officials announced they would begin screening airline passengers in central China for the novel coronavirus; people traveling from Wuhan, China, would have their temperature checked and be asked about symptoms. President Donald Trump has added retired law professor Alan Dershowitz and Ken Starr, the independent attorney who investigated President Bill Clinton, to his legal team for his impeachment trial.

Ten years ago: Italian officials released a recording of an irate coastguard officer demanding that Captain Francesco Schettino (frahn-CHEHS’-koh skeh-TEE’-noh), commanding officer of the stranded Costa Concordia, remount aboard the vessel to direct its evacuation after the ship struck a reef on January 13. Johnny Otis, the “godfather of rhythm and blues” who wrote and recorded the R&B classic “Willie and the Hand Jive”, has died in Los Angeles at the age of 90.

Five years ago: President Barack Obama granted clemency to Chelsea Manning, allowing the transgender Army intelligence officer convicted of leaking more than 700,000 US documents to be freed nearly three decades earlier. Donald Trump’s choice to head the Interior Department, Rep. Ryan Zinke, dismissed the president-elect’s claim that climate change was a hoax, telling his Senate confirmation hearing that he was indisputable that environmental changes affected global temperature and that human activity was a major factor. raison.

A year ago: An Associated Press review found veterans of President Donald Trump’s unsuccessful campaign played a key role in the Washington rally that spawned a deadly assault on the US Capitol. U.S. defense officials said they were concerned about an insider attack or other threat from military personnel involved in securing President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration; concerns prompted the FBI to screen the 25,000 National Guard troops entering Washington for the event. Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was arrested at a Moscow airport on his way home from Germany, where he had spent five months recovering from nerve agent poisoning he blamed on the Kremlin.

Today’s birthdays: Former FCC Chairman Newton N. Minow turns 96. Actor James Earl Jones is 91 years old. Talk show host Maury Povich is 83 years old. Pop singer Chris Montez is 80 years old. 75. Actress Jane Elliot is 75 years old. Rock musician Mick Taylor is 74 years old. R&B singer Sheila Hutchinson (The Emotions) is 69. Singer Steve Earle is 67 years old.

Singer Paul Young is 66 years old. Actor and comedian Steve Harvey is 65 years old. Singer Susanna Hoffs (The Bangles) is 63 years old. Director and screenwriter Brian Helgeland is 61 years old. Actor and comedian Jim Carrey is 60 years old. Actor Denis O’Hare is 60 years old. Former first lady Michelle Obama is 58 years old. Actor Joshua Malina is 56 years old. Singer Shabba Ranks is 56 years old. Actor Naveen Andrews is 53 years old. Electronic music DJ Tiesto is 53 years old. Rapper Kid Rock is 51 years old. Actor Freddy Rodriguez is 47 years old. Actor-writer Leigh Whannel is 45. Deschanel is 42 years old. Dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy (TV: “Dancing with the Stars”) is 42 years old. Singer Ray J is 41 years old. Actor Diogo Morgado is 41 years old. Country singer Amanda Wilkinson is 40 years old. Former NBA player Dwyane Wade is 40 years old. Actor Ryan Gage is 39 years old. DJ-singer Calvin Harris is 38 years old. Folk-rock musician Jeremiah Fraites is 36 years old. Actor Jonathan Keltz is 34 years old. Actor Kelly Marie Tran (Movie: “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”) is 33 years old. .


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