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Today in history

Today is Sunday January 2, the second day of 2022. There are 363 days left in the year.

Today’s highlight in history:

On January 2, 1960, Senator John F. Kennedy of Massachusetts successfully launched his candidacy for the presidency.

To this date :

In 1900, US Secretary of State John Hay announced the “open door policy” to facilitate trade with China.

In 1788, Georgia became the fourth state to ratify the US Constitution.

In 1811, Senator Timothy Pickering, a federalist from Massachusetts, became the first member of the United States Senate to be censored after improperly revealing the contents of an executive document.

In 1929, the United States and Canada reached an agreement on joint action to preserve Niagara Falls.

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

In 1967, Republican Ronald Reagan was sworn in as the new governor of California in a ceremony held in Sacramento shortly after midnight.

In 1971, 66 people were killed in a pile-up of spectators leaving a football match at Ibrox Stadium (EYE’-brox) in Glasgow, Scotland.

In 1974, President Richard Nixon signed a law requiring states to limit highway speeds to 55 miles per hour in order to save gasoline in the face of an OPEC oil embargo. (The 55 mph limit was effectively removed in 1987; federal speed limits were abolished in 1995.)

In 2007, the state funeral for former President Gerald R. Ford began with an elaborate service at the Washington National Cathedral and then moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan.

In 2015, California began issuing driver’s licenses to immigrants who were in the country illegally. Little Jimmy Dickens, a short singer-songwriter who was the oldest member of the Grand Ole Opry cast, has died at the age of 94.

In 2016, a heavily armed group led by Ammon and Ryan Bundy seized the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon, starting a 41-day standoff to protest the imprisonment of two ranchers convicted of setting fires on public lands and to demand the return of the federal government. public lands under local control.

In 2018, Senator Al Franken officially resigned from the Senate a month after the Democrat of Minnesota announced his intention to leave Congress amid a series of allegations of sexual misconduct. NBC News has announced that Hoda Kotb (HOH’-duh KAHT’-bee) will co-host the first two hours of “Today”, replacing Matt Lauer following his dismissal over allegations of sexual misconduct.

Ten years ago: Gordon Hirabayashi, a Japanese-American sociologist who spent 90 days in prison for refusing to be interned during World War II, died in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada at the age of 93. (Hirabayashi’s conviction was overturned in 1987 by a US court which found that the US government’s internment policies were based on political expediency, not national security risk.)

Five years ago: A suicide bomber driving an explosives-laden van hit a bustling market in Baghdad, killing at least 36 people in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group hours after French President François Hollande (frahn- SWAH ‘oh-LAWND’) arrived in the Iraqi capital.

A year ago: President Donald Trump, in a phone call with Georgia’s Republican Secretary of State, pressured Brad Raffensperger to “find” enough votes to undo Joe Biden’s victory in the state, repeatedly citing refuted fraud allegations; In a recording of the conversation, Trump was heard raising the prospect of a “criminal offense” if officials did not change the vote count. Joining Trump’s efforts to overturn the election, eleven Republican and elected senators have said they will vote against some state voters on January 6 unless Congress appoints a commission to verify the results. International inspectors have said Iran plans to enrich uranium up to 20% in an underground nuclear facility; Iran’s program would then be a technical step away from weapons quality levels. Paul Westphal, a Hall of Fame basketball player who won a championship with the Boston Celtics in 1974 and later coached in the league and in college, has died in Arizona at the age of 70.

Today’s Birthdays: Former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert turns 80. TV host Jack Hanna is 75 years old. Actress Wendy Phillips is 70 years old. Actress Cynthia Sikes is 68 years old. Actress Gabrielle Carteris is 61 years old. Director Todd Haynes is 61. David, the retired MLB All-Star pitcher. Cone is 59 years old. Baseball Hall of Fame member Edgar Martinez is 59 years old. Actor Tia Carrere is 55 years old. Actor Cuba Gooding Jr. is 54 years old. Model Christy Turlington is 53 years old. Actor Taye Diggs is 51 years old. Actress Renée Elise Goldsberry is 51 years old. Rock singer Doug Robb (Hoobastank) is 47 years old. Actor Dax Shepard is 47 years old. Actor Paz Vega is 46 years old. Ballroom dancer Karina Smirnoff (TV: “Dancing with the Stars”) is 44 years old. Rock musician Jerry DePizzo Jr. (OAR) is 43 years old. R&B singer Kelton Kessee (IMX) is 41 years old. Pop singer-musician Ryan Merchant (Capital Cities) is 41 years old. Actor Kate Bosworth is 39 years old. Actor Anthony Carrigan is 39 years old. Actor Peter Gadiot is 37 years old. The singer-jazz musician Trombone Shorty is 36 years old. Singer-songwriter Mandy Harvey (TV: “America’s Got Talent”) is 34 years old. R&B singer-rapper Bryson Tiller is 29 years old. San Diego Padres sh ortstop Fernando Tatís Jr. is 23 years old.

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