Today is Tuesday, Jan. 6, the sixth day of 2004. There are 360 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Jan. 6, 1412, according to tradition, Joan of Arc was born in Domremy.

On this date:

In 1540, England's King Henry VIII married his fourth wife, Anne of Cleves. (The marriage lasted about six months.)

In 1759, George Washington and Martha Dandridge Custis were married.

In 1838, Samuel Morse first publicly demonstrated his telegraph, in Morristown, N.J.

In 1912, New Mexico became the 47th state.

In 1919, the 26th president of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt, died in Oyster Bay, N.Y., at age 60.

In 1942, the Pan American Airways "Pacific Clipper" arrived in New York after making the first round-the-world trip by a commercial airplane.

In 1945, George Herbert Walker Bush married Barbara Pierce in Rye, N.Y.

In 1967, U.S. Marines and South Vietnamese troops launched Operation Deckhouse V, an offensive in the Mekong River delta.

In 1982, truck driver William G. Bonin was convicted in Los Angeles of being the "freeway killer" who had murdered 14 young men and boys.

In 1993, ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev died in Paris at age 54; jazz trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie died in Englewood, N.J., at age 75.

Ten years ago: Figure skater Nancy Kerrigan was clubbed on the right leg by an assailant at Cobo Arena in Detroit; four men, including Jeff Gillooly, the ex-husband of Kerrigan's rival, Tonya Harding, were later sentenced to prison for their roles in the attack; Harding, who denied advance knowledge of the attack, received probation after pleading guilty to conspiracy to hinder prosecution. President Clinton's mother, Virginia Kelley, died in Hot Springs, Ark., at age 70.

Five years ago: The 106th Congress convened with Dennis Hastert taking over as the new House speaker. Buckingham Palace announced that Prince Edward, the youngest son of Queen Elizabeth II, would marry his longtime girlfriend, public relations executive Sophie Rhys-Jones, later in the year.

One year ago: Iraqi President Saddam Hussein accused U.N. inspectors of engaging in "intelligence work" instead of searching for suspected nuclear, chemical and biological weapons in his country. Thousands of Marines, sailors and soldiers headed for the Persian Gulf region, shipping out from California, Georgia and Maryland as the buildup for a possible war with Iraq accelerated sharply.

Today's Birthdays: Pollster Louis Harris is 83. Bluegrass performer Earl Scruggs is 80. Former automaker John Z. DeLorean is 79. Author E.L. Doctorow is 73. Singer Doris Troy is 67. Actress Bonnie Franklin is 60. Rock singer-musician Kim Wilson (The Fabulous Thunderbirds) is 53. Singer Jett Williams is 51. Rock musician Malcolm Young (AC/DC) is 51. Movie director Anthony Minghella is 50. Actor-comedian Rowan Atkinson is 49. Golfer Nancy Lopez is 47. TV chef Nigella Lawson is 44. Rhythm-and-blues singer Eric Williams (BLACKstreet) is 44. Movie director John Singleton is 36. TV personality Julie Chen (CBS' "The Early Show") is 34. Actor Danny Pintauro ("Who's the Boss?") is 28.

Thought for Today: "Reason has never failed men. Only force and oppression have made the wrecks of the world." - William Allen White, American writer (1868-1944).


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