TO­DAY IN HIS­TORY

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To­day is Thurs­day, Jan. 12, the 12th day of 2017. There are 353 days left in the year.

To­day’s High­light in His­tory:

On Jan. 12, 1910, at a White House din­ner hosted by Pres­i­dent Wil­liam Howard Taft, Baroness Rosen, wife of the Rus­sian am­bas­sador, caused a stir by re­quest­ing and smok­ing a cig­a­rette — it was, ap­par­ently, the first time a woman had smoked openly dur­ing a pub­lic func­tion in the ex­ec­u­tive man­sion.

On this date:

In 1773, the first pub­lic mu­seum in Amer­ica was or­ga­nized in Charleston, South Carolina.

In 1828, the United States and Mex­ico signed a Treaty of Lim­its defin­ing the boundary be­tween the two coun­tries to be the same as the one es­tab­lished by an 1819 treaty be­tween the U.S. and Spain.

In 1915, the U.S. House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives re­jected, 204-174, a pro­posed con­sti­tu­tional amend­ment to give women na­tion­wide the right to vote.

In 1932, Hat­tie W. Car­away be­came the first woman elected to the U.S. Se­nate after ini­tially be­ing ap­pointed to serve out the re­main­der of the term of her late hus­band, Thad­deus.

In 1945, dur­ing World War II, Soviet forces be­gan a ma­jor, suc­cess­ful of­fen­sive against the Ger­mans in Eastern Europe. Air­craft from U.S. Task Force 38 sank about 40 Ja­panese ships off In­dochina.

In 1959, Berry Gordy Jr. founded Mo­town Records (orig­i­nally Tamla Records) in Detroit.

In 1966, Pres­i­dent Lyn­don B. John­son said in his State of the Union ad­dress that the U.S. mil­i­tary should stay in Viet­nam un­til Com­mu­nist ag­gres­sion there was stopped.

In 1976, mys­tery writer Dame Agatha Christie died in Walling­ford, Eng­land, at age 85.

In 1986, the shut­tle Columbia blasted off with a crew that in­cluded the first His­panic-Amer­i­can in space, Dr. Franklin R. Chang-Diaz.

In 1998, Linda Tripp pro­vided In­de­pen­dent Coun­sel Ken­neth Starr’s of­fice with taped con­ver­sa­tions be­tween her­self and for­mer White House in­tern Mon­ica Lewin­sky.

In 2012, Pen­tagon lead­ers scram­bled to con­tain dam­age from an In­ter­net video pur­port­ing to show four Marines uri­nat­ing on Tal­iban corpses.

In 2016, in his fi­nal State of the Union ad­dress, Pres­i­dent Barack Obama urged Amer­i­cans to rekin­dle their be­lief in the prom­ise of change that first car­ried him to the White House, declar­ing that the coun­try must not al­low elec­tion-year fear and di­vi­sion to put eco­nomic and se­cu­rity progress at risk.

To­day’s Birth­days:

The Amaz­ing Kre­skin is 82. Coun­try singer Wil­liam Lee Golden (The Oak Ridge Boys) is 78. Ac­tor An­thony An­drews is 69. Movie di­rec­tor Wayne Wang is 68. Ac­tress Kirstie Alley is 66. Ra­dio com­men­ta­tor Rush Lim­baugh is 66. Le­gal af­fairs blog­ger Ann Alt­house is 66. Writer Wal­ter Mosley is 65. Coun­try singer Ricky Van Shel­ton is 65. Ra­dio-TV per­son­al­ity Howard Stern is 63. Writer-pro­ducer-di­rec­tor John Las­seter is 60. Broad­cast jour­nal­ist Chris­tiane Aman­pour is 59. Rock mu­si­cian Char­lie Gilling­ham (Count­ing Crows) is 57. Ac­tor Oliver Platt is 57. Bas­ket­ball Hall of Famer Do­minique Wilkins is 57. En­tre­pre­neur Jeff Be­zos is 53. Rock singer Rob Zom­bie is 52. Ac­tor Olivier Martinez is 51. Rap­per TBird (B-Rock and the Bizz) is 50. Model Ven­dela is 50. Ac­tress Far­rah Forke is 49. Ac­tress Rachael Har­ris is 49. Rock singer Zack de la Rocha is 47. Rap­per Raek­won (Wu Tang Clan) is 47. Singer Dan Hasel­tine (Jars of Clay) is 44. Rock mu­si­cian Matt Wong (Reel Big Fish) is 44. Singer Me­lanie Chisholm (Spice Girls) is 43. Con­tem­po­rary Chris­tian singer Jeremy Camp is 39. Ac­tress Cyn­thia Ad­dai-Robin­son is 37. Rhythm-and-blues singer Amerie is 37. Ac­tress Issa Rae is 32. Ac­tress Naya Rivera is 30. Ac­tor Will Roth­haar is 30. Ac­tor An­drew Lawrence is 29. Rock singer ZAYN is 24. Pop/soul singer Ella Hen­der­son (TV: “The X Fac­tor”) is 21.

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