Today is Friday, Jan. 2, the second day of 2004. There are 363 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On Jan. 2, 1900, Secretary of State John Hay announced the "Open Door Policy" to facilitate trade with China.
On this date:
In 1492, the leader of the last Arab stronghold in Spain surrendered to Spanish forces loyal to King Ferdinand II and Queen Isabella I.
In 1788, Georgia became the fourth state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.
In 1921, religious services were broadcast on radio for the first time as KDKA in Pittsburgh aired the regular Sunday service of the city's Calvary Episcopal Church.
In 1929, the United States and Canada reached agreement on joint action to preserve Niagara Falls.
In 1935, Bruno Hauptmann went on trial in Flemington, N.J., on charges of kidnapping and murdering the 20-month-old son of Charles and Anne Lindbergh. (Hauptmann was found guilty, and executed.)
In 1942, the Philippine capital of Manila was captured by Japanese forces during World War II.
In 1960, Sen. John F. Kennedy of Massachusetts announced his candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination.
In 1965, the New York Jets signed University of Alabama quarterback Joe Namath for a reported $400,000.
In 1974, President Nixon signed legislation requiring states to limit highway speeds to 55 mph (however, federal speed limits were abolished in 1995).
In 1983, the musical play "Annie," based on the "Little Orphan Annie" comic strip, closed on Broadway after a run of 2,377 performances.
Ten years ago: The new Republican mayor of New York City, Rudolph Giuliani, delivered his inaugural address in which he called for unity while promising to crack down on crime and tackle the city's budget problems.
Five years ago: A U.N.-chartered cargo plane carrying nine people was downed in Angola's central highland war zone; there were no survivors.
One year ago: President Bush, seeking to counter Democratic criticisms that his economic policies favored the rich, said the economic-stimulus plan he was going to unveil the following week would focus on jobs and the unemployed. Sydney Omarr, the astrologer to the stars whose horoscopes appeared in more than 200 newspapers, died in Santa Monica, Calif., at age 76.
Today's Birthdays: Actress Anna Lee ("General Hospital") is 91. Former television evangelist Jim Bakker is 65. Actress Wendy Phillips is 52. Actress Gabrielle Carteris is 43. Movie director Todd Haynes is 43. Actress Tia Carrere is 37. Actor Cuba Gooding Jr. is 36. Model Christy Turlington is 35. Actor Taye Diggs is 33. Rock musician Scott Underwood (Train) is 33. Country musician Chris Hartman is 26. Actress Kate Bosworth is 21.
Thought for Today: "It is the tragedy of the world that no one knows what he doesn't know - and the less a man knows, the more sure he is that he knows everything." - Joyce Cary, British author (1888-1957).