January 29, 2017 GMT

Today is Sunday, Jan. 29, the 29th day of 2017. There are 336 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History

On Jan. 29, 1820, King George III, the British monarch whose 59-year reign included the loss of the American colonies, died at Windsor Castle at age 81; he was succeeded by his son, who became King George IV.

On this date

1843— The 25th president of the United States, William McKinley, was born in Niles, Ohio.

1845— Edgar Allan Poe’s poem "The Raven" was first published in the New York Evening Mirror.


1861— Kansas became the 34th state of the Union.

1919— The ratification of the 18th Amendment to the Constitution, which launched Prohibition, was certified by Acting Secretary of State Frank L. Polk.

1923— City Manager Sam King requested grading and paving of North Fifth Avenue and West First Street.

1936— The first inductees of baseball’s Hall of Fame, including Ty Cobb and Babe Ruth, were named in Cooperstown, New York.

1964— Stanley Kubrick’s nuclear war satire "Dr. Strangelove Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb" premiered in New York, Toronto and London.

1975— A bomb exploded inside the U.S. State Department in Washington, causing considerable damage but injuring no one; the radical group Weather Underground claimed responsibility.

1990— Former Exxon Valdez skipper Joseph Hazelwood went on trial in Anchorage, Alaska, on charges stemming from the 1989 oil spill. (Hazelwood was acquitted of the major charges, and convicted of a misdemeanor.)

1998— A bomb rocked an abortion clinic in Birmingham, Alabama, killing security guard Robert Sanderson and critically injuring nurse Emily Lyons. (The bomber, Eric Rudolph, was captured in May 2003 and is serving a life sentence.)

Thought for today

‘And were an epitaph to be my story I’d have a short one ready for my own. I would have written of me on my stone: "I had a lover’s quarrel with the world."’

Robert Frost

American poet

(born 1874, died this date in 1963)

Five years ago

Eleven people were killed when smoke and fog caused a series of fiery crashes on I-75 in Florida.

One year ago

An avalanche in the Canadian province of British Columbia left five people riding snowmobiles dead.


Two American endurance athletes, Daniel Cartica of Chicago and Becca Pizzi of Belmont, Massachusetts, won the World Marathon Challenge by completing seven marathons in seven days on seven continents.

Today’s Birthdays

Writer-composer-lyricist Leslie Bricusse is 86. Feminist author Germaine Greer is 78. Actress Katharine Ross is 77. Feminist author Robin Morgan is 76. Actor Tom Selleck is 72. Actor Marc Singer is 69. Actress Ann Jillian is 67. Rock musician Louie Perez (Los Lobos) is 64. Rhythm-and-blues/funk singer Charlie Wilson is 64. Talk show host Oprah Winfrey is 63. Actor Terry Kinney is 63. Country singer Irlene Mandrell is 61. Actress Diane Delano is 60. Olympic gold-medal diver Greg Louganis is 57. Rock musician David Baynton-Power (James) is 56. Rock musician Eddie Jackson (Queensryche) is 56. Actor Nicholas Turturro is 55. Actor-director Edward Burns is 49. Actor Sam Trammell (TV: "True Blood") is 48. Actress Heather Graham is 47. U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., is 47. Actress Sara Gilbert is 42. Actress Kelly Packard is 42. Actor Jason James Richter is 37. Blues musician Jonny Lang is 36. Country singer Eric Paslay is 34. Rome High School 11th-grader Aiyana Johnson, daughter of Christine Anderson and Charles Johnson of Rome, is 17.