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TODAY IS MON­DAY, JAN. 9, the ninth day of 2017. There are 356 days left in the year.


On this date in 1788, Con­necti­cut be­came the fifth state to rat­ify the U.S. Con­sti­tu­tion.

In 1793, French­man Jean Pierre Blan­chard, us­ing a hot-air bal­loon, flew be­tween Philadel­phia and Wood­bury, N.J.

In 1861, Mis­sis­sippi be­came the sec­ond state to se­cede from the Union, the same day the Star of the West, a mer­chant ves­sel bring­ing re­in­force­ments and sup­plies to Fed­eral troops at Fort Sumter, South Carolina, re­treated be­cause of ar­tillery fire.

In 1913, Richard Mil­hous Nixon, the 37th pres­i­dent of the United States, was born in Yorba Linda, Calif.

In 1914, the County of Los An­ge­les opened the coun­try’s first pub­lic de­fender’s of­fice. The fra­ter­nity Phi Beta Sigma was founded at Howard Univer­sity in Washington, D.C.

In 1916, the World War I Bat­tle of Gal­lipoli ended after eight months with an Ot­toman Em­pire vic­tory as Al­lied forces with­drew.

In 1931, Bobbi Trout and Edna May Cooper broke an en­durance record for fe­male avi­a­tors as they re­turned to Mines Field in Los An­ge­les after fly­ing a Cur­tiss Robin mono­plane con­tin­u­ously for 122 hours and 50 min­utes.

In 1945, dur­ing World War II, Amer­i­can forces be­gan land­ing on the shores of Lingayen Gulf in the Philip­pines as the Bat­tle of Lu­zon got un­der­way, re­sult­ing in an Al­lied vic­tory over Im­pe­rial Ja­panese forces.

In 1957, An­thony Eden re­signed as Bri­tish prime min­is­ter for health rea­sons; he was suc­ceeded by Harold Macmil­lan. In 1968, the Sur­veyor 7 space probe made a soft land­ing on the moon, mark­ing the end of the Amer­i­can se­ries of un­manned ex­plo­rations of the lu­nar sur­face.

In 1972, reclusive bil­lion­aire Howard Hughes, speak­ing by tele­phone from the Ba­hamas to re­porters in Hol­ly­wood, said a pur­ported au­to­bi­og­ra­phy of him by Clif­ford Irv­ing was a fake.

In 1987, the White House re­leased a Jan. 1986 me­moran­dum pre­pared for Pres­i­dent Ron­ald Rea­gan by Lt. Col. Oliver L. North show­ing a link be­tween U.S. arms sales to Iran and the re­lease of Amer­i­can hostages in Le­banon.

In 1997, a Co­mair com­muter plane crashed 18 miles short of the Detroit Metropoli­tan Air­port, killing all 29 peo­ple on board.

TODAY’S BIRTH­DAYS: Au­thor Ju­dith Krantz is 89. Foot­ball Hall-of-Famer Bart Starr is 83. Sports­caster Dick En­berg is 82. Ac­tress K. Cal­lan is 81. Folk singer Joan Baez and rock­a­billy singer Roy Head are 76. Rock mu­si­cian Jimmy Page (Led Zep­pelin) is 73. Ac­tor John Do­man is 72. Singer David Jo­hansen (aka Buster Poin­dex­ter) is 67. Singer Crys­tal Gayle is 66. Ac­tor J.K. Sim­mons is 62. Ac­tress Imelda Staunton is 61. No­bel Peace lau­re­ate Rigob­erto Menchu is 58. Rock mu­si­cian Eric Er­land­son is 54. Ac­tress Joely Richard­son is 52. Rock mu­si­cian Carl Bell (Fuel), rock singer Steve Har­well (Smash Mouth) and rock singer-mu­si­cian Dave Matthews are 50. Ac­tress-di­rec­tor Joey Lau­ren Adams is 49. Ac­tress An­gela Bet­tis is 44. Ac­tor Omari Hard­wick is 43. Roots singer-song­writer Hayes Carll is 41. Singer A.J. McLean (Back­street Boys) is 39. Cather­ine, Duchess of Cam­bridge, is 35. Pop-rock mu­si­cian Drew Brown (OneRepub­lic) is 33. Rock-soul singer Paolo Nu­tini is 30. Ac­tress Nina Do­brev is 28. Ac­tor Tyree Brown is 13.

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