TO­DAY IN HIS­TORY

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To­day is Mon­day, Jan. 27, the 27th day of 2020. There are 339 days left in the year.

ON THIS DATE IN HIS­TORY

On Jan. 27, 1981, Pres­i­dent Ron­ald Rea­gan and his wife, Nancy, greeted the 52 for­mer Amer­i­can hostages re­leased by Iran at the White House.

1756 — Com­poser Wolf­gang Amadeus Mozart was born in Salzburg, Aus­tria.

1832 — Charles Lutwidge Dodg­son, who wrote “Alice’s Ad­ven­tures in Won­der­land” un­der the pen name Lewis Car­roll, was born in Cheshire, Eng­land.

1880 — Thomas Edi­son re­ceived a patent for his elec­tric in­can­des­cent lamp.

1945 — Dur­ing World War II, Soviet troops lib­er­ated the Nazi con­cen­tra­tion camps Auschwitz and Birke­nau in Poland. 1967 — As­tro­nauts Vir­gil I. “Gus” Gris­som, Ed­ward H. White and Roger B. Chaf­fee died in a flash fire dur­ing a test aboard their Apollo space­craft.

1972 — “Queen of Gospel” Ma­halia Jack­son, 60, died in Ever­green Park, Illi­nois.

1973 — The Viet­nam

peace ac­cords were signed in Paris.

1984 — Singer Michael Jack­son suf­fered se­ri­ous burns to his scalp when py­rotech­nics set his hair on fire dur­ing the film­ing of a Pepsi-Cola TV com­mer­cial at the Shrine Au­di­to­rium in Los An­ge­les.

1998 — First lady Hil­lary Rod­ham Clin­ton, on NBC’s “To­day” show, charged the sex­ual mis­con­duct al­le­ga­tions against her hus­band, Pres­i­dent Bill Clin­ton, were the work of a “vast rightwing con­spir­acy.”

2001 — Jen­nifer Capriati up­set three-time win­ner Martina Hingis 6-4, 6-3 to win the Australian Open ti­tle and her first Grand Slam tour­na­ment cham­pi­onship.

2003 — The Bush ad­min­is­tra­tion dis­missed Iraq’s re­sponse to U.N. dis­ar­ma­ment de­mands as in­ad­e­quate. Mean­while, chief U.N. in­spec­tor Hans Blix charged that Iraq had never gen­uinely ac­cepted U.N. res­o­lu­tions de­mand­ing its dis­ar­ma­ment and warned that “co­op­er­a­tion on sub­stance” was nec­es­sary for a peace­ful so­lu­tion.

Ten years ago — Ac­knowl­edg­ing that “change has not come fast enough,” Pres­i­dent Barack Obama vowed in his State of the Union ad­dress to get job­less mil­lions back to work while fight­ing for am­bi­tious over­hauls of health care, en­ergy and ed­u­ca­tion.

Five years ago — Eu­ro­pean lead­ers gath­ered in Poland to mark the 70th an­niver­sary of the Soviet lib­er­a­tion the Auschwitz death camp; amid ten­sions be­tween Rus­sia and the West over Ukraine, Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin stayed away, send­ing his chief of staff in­stead.

One year ago — “Black Pan­ther” took the top prize at the Screen Ac­tors Guild Awards, top­ping the lead­ing Oscar nom­i­nees “Roma” and “The Favourite.”

TO­DAY’S BIRTH­DAYS

Ac­tor James Cromwell is 80. Rock mu­si­cian Nick Ma­son (Pink Floyd) is 76. Rhythm-and-blues singer Ne­dra Tal­ley (The Ronettes) is 74. Bal­let star Mikhail Barysh­nikov is 72. Latin singer-song­writer Dja­van is 71. Chief U.S. Jus­tice John Roberts is 65. Coun­try singer

Ch­eryl White is 65. Coun­try singer-mu­si­cian Richard Young (The Ken­tucky Head­hunters) is 65. Ac­tress Mimi Rogers is 64. Rock mu­si­cian Jan­ick Gers (Iron Maiden) is

63. Ac­tress Su­sanna Thomp­son is 62. Po­lit­i­cal and sports com­men­ta­tor Keith Ol­ber­mann is 61. Rock singer Margo Tim­mins (Cow­boy Junkies) is 59. Rock mu­si­cian Gil­lian Gil­bert is 59. Ac­tress Tam­lyn Tomita is 57. Ac­tress Brid­get Fonda is 56. Ac­tor Alan Cum­ming is 55. Coun­try singer Tracy Lawrence is

52. Rock singer Mike Pat­ton is 52. Rap­per Tricky is 52. Ac­tor-co­me­dian Pat­ton Oswalt is 51. Ac­tor Josh Ran­dall is 48. Coun­try singer Kevin Den­ney is 42. Ten­nis player Marat Safin is 40. Neo-soul mu­si­cian An­drew Lee (St. Paul & the Bro­ken Bones) is

34. Rock mu­si­cian Matt Sanchez (Amer­i­can Au­thors) is

34. Ac­tor Brae­den Le­mas­ters is 24.

THOUGHT FOR TO­DAY

“The most beau­ti­ful thing in the world is, of course, the world it­self.” — Wal­lace Stevens, Amer­i­can poet and au­thor (1879-1955).

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