To­day in history

The Saratogian (Saratoga, NY) - - COMMUNITY -

To­day is Tues­day, Jan. 7, the sev­enth day of 2020. There are 359 days left in the year.

To­day’s High­light in History:

On Jan. 7, 2004, Pres­i­dent Ge­orge W. Bush pro­posed le­gal sta­tus, at least tem­po­rar­ily, for mil­lions of im­mi­grants im­prop­erly work­ing in the U.S.

On this date:

In 1789, Amer­ica held its first pres­i­den­tial elec­tion as vot­ers chose elec­tors who, a month later, se­lected Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton to be the na­tion’s first chief ex­ec­u­tive.

In 1904, the Mar­coni In­ter­na­tional Ma­rine Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Com­pany of Lon­don an­nounced that the tele­graphed let­ters “CQD” would serve as a mar­itime dis­tress call (it was later re­placed with “SOS”).

In 1927, com­mer­cial transat­lantic tele­phone ser­vice was in­au­gu­rated be­tween New York and Lon­don.

In 1953, Pres­i­dent Tru­man an­nounced in his State of the Union mes­sage to Congress that the United States had de­vel­oped a hy­dro­gen bomb.

In 1959, the United States rec­og­nized the new gov­ern­ment of Cuba, six days af­ter Fidel Cas­tro led the over­throw of Ful­gen­cio Batista.

In 1972, Lewis F. Powell, Jr. and Wil­liam H. Rehn­quist were sworn in as the 99th and 100th mem­bers of the U.S. Supreme Court.

In 1979, Viet­namese forces cap­tured the Cam­bo­dian cap­i­tal of Ph­nom Penh, over­throw­ing the Kh­mer Rouge gov­ern­ment.

In 1989, Em­peror Hiro­hito of Ja­pan died in Tokyo at age 87; he was suc­ceeded by his son, Crown Prince Ak­i­hito.

In 1999, for the sec­ond time in history, an im­peached Amer­i­can pres­i­dent went on trial be­fore the Se­nate. Pres­i­dent Bill Clin­ton faced charges of per­jury and ob­struc­tion of jus­tice; he was ac­quit­ted.

In 2002, Bri­tish Prime Min­is­ter Tony Blair and nine U.S. sen­a­tors swept into Bargam Air Base in Afghanista­n for an unannounce­d visit and promised Afghan lead­ers their full sup­port in re­build­ing the shat­tered coun­try.

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