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This day in history: January 23rd

"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it" or so said George Santayana, the famous poet and novelist.

Today in history

History is important for all and it's important to learn from the past. History helps us not only learn from the past, but gives us more knowledge to form opinions about the present and the future.

Here are some important and/or interesting footnotes on this date in history, January 23.

U.S. Presidential History:

1907 - Charles Curtis, of Kansas, began serving in the United States Senate. He was the first American Indian to become a U.S. Senator. He resigned in March of 1929 to become U.S. President Herbert Hoover’s Vice President.

1973 - U.S. President Nixon announced that an accord had been reached to end the Vietnam War. Over 58,000 Americans died in the war. Click here for the transcript from the New York Times.

Other Historical Events:

638 - Start of Islamic calendar.

1368 - In a coronation ceremony, Zhu Yuanzhang ascends to the throne of China as the Hongwu Emperor, initiating Ming Dynasty rule over China that would last for three centuries.

1556 - The deadliest earthquake on record killed 830,000 in Shansi, China.

1789 - Georgetown University established in what is now Washington, DC.

1855 - The first bridge over the Mississippi River opens in what is now Minneapolis, Minnesota, a crossing made today by the Father Louis Hennepin Bridge.

1932 - El Salvador army kills 4,000 protesting farmers.

1964 - The 24th Amendment to the Constitution, barring poll taxes, was ratified.

1968 - North Korea seized the U.S. Navy ship Pueblo (the crew was released 11 months later.)

1984 - Hulk Hogan defeats Iron Sheik to become WWF champion.

1991 - "Seinfeld" debuts on NBC-TV.

2002 - Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl was kidnapped by the National Movement for the Restoration of Pakistani Sovereignty.

2005 - Former "Tonight Show" host Johnny Carson died at age 79.

2013 - US armed forces overturns 1994 ban on women serving in combat.

  • Learn more about "This Day in History" from the following sources.

The Learning Network via The New York Times.

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