Today is Jan. 5, the fifth day of 2004. There are 361 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Jan. 5, 1896, an Austrian newspaper ("Wiener Presse") reported the discovery by German physicist Wilhelm Roentgen of a type of radiation that came to be known as X-rays.

On this date:

In 1589, Catherine de Medici of France died at age 69.

In 1781, a British naval expedition led by Benedict Arnold burned Richmond, Va.

In 1895, French Captain Alfred Dreyfus, convicted of treason, was publicly stripped of his rank. (He was ultimately vindicated.)

In 1925, Nellie T. Ross succeeded her late husband as governor of Wyoming, becoming the first female governor in U.S. history.

In 1933, the 30th president of the United States, Calvin Coolidge, died in Northampton, Mass., at age 60.

In 1943, educator and scientist George Washington Carver died in Tuskegee, Ala., at age 81.

In 1949, in his State of the Union address, President Truman labeled his administration the "Fair Deal."

In 1970, Joseph A. Yablonski, an unsuccessful candidate for the presidency of the United Mine Workers of America, was found killed with his wife and daughter at their Clarksville, Pa., home. UMWA President Anthony Boyle and three others were convicted of the murders.

In 1993, the state of Washington executed Westley Allan Dodd, an admitted child sex killer, in America's first legal hanging since 1965.

In 1998, Sonny Bono, the 1960's pop star-turned-politician, was killed when he struck a tree while skiing in South Lake Tahoe, Calif.; he was 62.

Ten years ago: Thomas P. "Tip" O'Neill, former House speaker, died in Boston at age 81. The Clinton administration said North Korea had agreed to allow renewed international inspections of seven nuclear sites.

Five years ago: Four U.S. Air Force and Navy jets fired on - and missed - four Iraqi MiGs testing the "no-fly" zone over southern Iraq in the first such air confrontation in more than six years.

One year ago: Two Palestinian suicide bombers set off back-to-back blasts in a central Tel Aviv area crowded with foreign workers, killing 23 bystanders in the bloodiest attack in six months. Chinese media reported that an unmanned Chinese space capsule had returned safely to Earth.

Today's Birthdays: Former Vice President Walter F. Mondale is 76. Actor Robert Duvall is 73. Football Hall-of-Fame coach Chuck Noll is 72. King Juan Carlos of Spain is 66. Talk show host Charlie Rose is 62. Actress-director Diane Keaton is 58. Rhythm-and-blues musician George "Funky" Brown (Kool and the Gang) is 55. Rock musician Chris Stein (Blondie) is 54. Actor Clancy Brown is 45. Singer Iris Dement is 43. Rock musician Kate Schellenbach (Luscious Jackson) is 38. Actress Heather Paige Kent is 35. Rock singer Marilyn Manson is 35.

Thought for Today: "The world is like a mirror; frown at it, and it frowns at you. Smile, and it smiles, too." - Herbert Samuel, English political leader (1870-1963).


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