Today is Friday, Jan. 30, the 30th day of 2004. There are 336 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Jan. 30, 1968, during the Vietnam War, the Tet Offensive began as Communist forces launched surprise attacks against South Vietnamese provincial capitals.

On this date:

In 1649, England's King Charles I was beheaded.

In 1882, the 32nd president of the United States, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, was born in Hyde Park, N.Y.

In 1933, Adolf Hitler became chancellor of Germany.

In 1933, the first episode of the "Lone Ranger" radio program was broadcast on station WXYZ in Detroit.

In 1948, Indian political and spiritual leader Mahatma Gandhi was murdered by a Hindu extremist.

In 1962, two members of the "Flying Wallendas" high-wire act were killed when their seven-person pyramid collapsed during a performance in Detroit.

In 1964, the United States launched Ranger VI, an unmanned spacecraft carrying television cameras that was to crash-land on the moon.

In 1972, 13 Roman Catholic civil rights marchers were shot to death by British soldiers in Northern Ireland on what became known as "Bloody Sunday."

In 1979, the civilian government of Iran announced it had decided to allow Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, who'd been living in exile in France, to return.

In 1981, an estimated 2 million New Yorkers turned out for a ticker-tape parade honoring the freed American hostages from Iran.

Ten years ago: The Dallas Cowboys repeated as NFL champions as they defeated the Buffalo Bills, 30-13, in Super Bowl 28. It was the fourth straight Super Bowl loss for the Bills.

Five years ago: NATO authorized its secretary-general to launch military action in Yugoslavia if the warring parties failed to negotiate an agreement for autonomy in Kosovo.

One year ago: President Bush put allies on notice that diplomacy would give way to a decision on war with Iraq in "weeks, not months." Wary world leaders and congressional critics urged patience and demanded proof of Iraq's transgressions. Richard Reid, the British citizen and al-Qaida follower who'd tried to blow up a trans-Atlantic jetliner with explosives hidden in his shoes, was sentenced to life in prison by a federal judge in Boston.

Today's Birthdays: Comedian Dick Martin is 82. Actress Dorothy Malone is 79. Producer-director Harold Prince is 76. Actor Gene Hackman is 74. Actress Tammy Grimes is 70. Actress Vanessa Redgrave is 67. Country singer Jeanne Pruett is 67. Country singer Norma Jean is 66. Vice President Dick Cheney is 63. Rock singer Marty Balin is 62. Rhythm and blues musician William King (The Commodores) is 55. Actor Charles S. Dutton is 53. Actress-comedian Brett Butler is 46. Singer Jody Watley is 45. Country singer Tammy Cochran is 32. Actor Christian Bale is 30. Actor Wilmer Valderrama is 24. Actor Jake Thomas is 14.

Thought for Today: "The only tyrant I accept in this world is the 'still small voice' within me." - Mohandas K. Gandhi (1869-1948).


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