Today is Sunday, Jan. 4, the fourth day of 2004. There are 362 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Jan. 4, 1896, Utah was admitted as the 45th state.

On this date:

In 1821, the first native-born American saint, Elizabeth Ann Seton, died in Emmitsburg, Md.

In 1904, the Supreme Court ruled that Puerto Ricans were not aliens and could enter the United States freely; however, the court stopped short of declaring them U.S. citizens.

In 1948, Britain granted independence to Burma.

In 1951, during the Korean conflict, North Korean and Communist Chinese forces captured the city of Seoul.

In 1960, French author Albert Camus died in an automobile accident at age 46.

In 1965, President Johnson outlined the goals of his "Great Society" in his State of the Union address.

In 1965, poet T.S. Eliot died in London at age 76.

In 1974, President Nixon refused to hand over tape recordings and documents subpoenaed by the Senate Watergate Committee.

In 1987, 16 people were killed when an Amtrak train bound from Washington to Boston collided with Conrail engines approaching from a side track in Chase, Md.

In 1995, the 104th Congress convened, the first entirely under Republican control since the Eisenhower era.

Ten years ago: Treasury Secretary Lloyd Bentsen announced a plan to drive most gun dealers out of business by proposing sharp increases in the licensing fee and stricter controls on people who buy and sell weapons.

Five years ago: Europe's new currency, the euro, got off to a strong start on its first trading day, rising against the dollar on world currency markets. Former professional wrestler Jesse Ventura took the oath of office as Minnesota's 37th governor.

One year ago: As President Bush put the finishing touches on an economic growth package costing $674 billion over 10 years, Democrats who wanted his job pledged to scuttle what they characterized as a plan that would help the wealthy without reviving the economy. Oscar-winning cinematographer Conrad L. Hall died in Santa Monica, Calif., at age 76.

Today's Birthdays: Actress Jane Wyman is 90. Actress Barbara Rush is 77. Football Hall-of-Fame coach Don Shula is 74. Former heavyweight boxing champion Floyd Patterson is 69. Actress Dyan Cannon is 67. Opera singer Grace Bumbry is 67. Country singer Kathy Forester (The Forester Sisters) is 49. Actress Ann Magnuson is 48. Rock musician Bernard Sumner (New Order, Joy Division) is 48. Country singer Patty Loveless is 47. Rock singer Michael Stipe (R.E.M.) is 44. Actor Patrick Cassidy is 42. Actor Dave Foley is 41. Actress Julia Ormond is 39. Tennis player Guy Forget is 39. Country singer Deana Carter is 38. Rock musician Benjamin Darvill (Crash Test Dummies) is 37. Actor Jeremy Licht is 33. Actress-singer Jill Jones is 29.

Thought for Today: "Our civilization is still in a middle stage, no longer wholly guided by instinct, not yet wholly guided by reason." -Theodore Dreiser, American author (1871-1945).


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