1889- North Dakota and South Dakota became the 39th and 40th states, respectively.
1983- President Ronald Reagan signs a bill designating a federal holiday honoring the civil rights leader, Martin Luther King, Jr., on the third Monday of January.
Diana Darling was born.
1952 -Clarence Birdseye marketed the first frozen peas.
1957 - The Soviet Union sent the first animal, a dog named Laika, into space aboard the Sputnik II. Laika died in orbit.
John Shannon was born.
1842 - Abraham Lincoln married Mary Todd in Springfield, Ill.
2008 - Democratic Senator Barack Obama wins the presidential election against Senator John McCain, taking 338 electoral votes to McCain's 161.
Kitty Lynch was born.
Howard Schwach was born.
Brian Van Dexter was born.
1872 - Susan B. Anthony was fined $100 for trying to vote in the presidential election (she was trying to vote for President Grant).
1994 - At 45, George Foreman, became the oldest heavyweight champion when he knocked out Michael Moorer in the 10th round of their WBA fight in Las Vegas.
William Hickey was born.
Vinnie Furlong was born.
1860 - Abraham Lincoln was elected president of the United States.
1913 - Mohandas Gandhi led a march of miners in South Africa. He was arrested three times in the first four days of the march.
Chris Romulo was born.
1944 - President Franklin D. Roosevelt won a fourth term in office, defeating Thomas E. Dewey.
Bruce Bernfeld was born.
Courtney Cullen was born.
1889 - Montana became the 41st state.
1892 - Former president Grover Cleveland beat incumbent Benjamin Harrison and became the only president to win nonconsecutive terms in the White House.BLOG COMMENTS POWERED BY DISQUS