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TODAY IN HISTORY



Today in History: Tuesday, January  27, 2015
AP Highlight in History: 
On Jan. 27, 1945, Soviet troops liberated the Nazi concentration camps Auschwitz and Birkenau in Poland.
 
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On this date in:
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.
1885 Broadway composer Jerome Kern was born in New York City.
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1944 The Soviet Union announced the end of the deadly German siege of Leningrad, which had lasted for more than two years.
1951 The era of atomic testing in the Nevada desert began.
1967 Astronauts Virgil I. "Gus" Grissom, Edward H. White and Roger B. Chaffee died in a flash fire during a test aboard their Apollo 1 spacecraft at Cape Kennedy, Fla.
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1967 More than 60 nations signed a treaty banning the orbiting of nuclear weapons.
1973 The Vietnam peace accords were signed in Paris.
1998 First lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, appearing on NBC's "Today" show, said that allegations against her husband were the work of a "vast right-wing conspiracy."
2010 Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveiled the iPad tablet computer during a presentation in San Francisco.
2010 J.D. Salinger, the reclusive author of "The Catcher in the Rye," died in Cornish, N.H. at age 91.
 
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Today's Birthdays:
Chief Justice John Roberts turns 60 years old today.
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Name Profession Age
James Cromwell Actor 75
Nick Mason Rock musician (Pink Floyd) 71
Mikhail Baryshnikov Ballet dancer 67
Mimi Rogers Actress 59
Keith Olbermann TV host 56
Bridget Fonda Actress 51
Mike Patton Rock singer (Faith No More) 47
Actor Alan Cumming turns 50 years old today.
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