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January 6, 2014

Today in History for Monday, Jan. 6, 2014

-- — Highlight in History

On Jan. 6, 1994, in an incident that shook the world of figure skating, Nancy Kerrigan was clubbed on the leg by an assailant at Detroit’s Cobo Arena; four men, including the ex-husband of Kerrigan’s rival, Tonya Harding, went to prison for their roles in the attack. (Harding, who denied knowing about plans for the attack, received probation after pleading guilty to conspiracy to hinder prosecution.)

On this date

In 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, in his State of the Union address, outlined a goal of “Four Freedoms”: Freedom of speech and expression; the freedom of people to worship God in their own way; freedom from want; freedom from fear.

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

In 1963, “Oliver!,” Lionel Bart’s musical adaptation of the Charles Dickens novel “Oliver Twist,” opened on Broadway. “Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom” premiered on NBC-TV.

Ten years ago

Thirteen children and two adults were killed in Afghanistan’s southern Kandahar province by a time-bomb concealed in an apple cart on a street regularly used by U.S. military patrols. A design consisting of two reflecting pools and a paved stone field was chosen for the World Trade Center memorial in New York. Mijailo Mijailovic confessed to the fatal stabbing of Swedish Foreign Minister Anna Lindh in Sept. 2003. Hitting star Paul Molitor and reliever Dennis Eckersley were elected to baseball’s Hall of Fame.

Five years ago

Congress opened for business at the dawn of a new Democratic era with vows to fix the crisis-ridden economy; Republicans pledged cooperation in Congress as well as with President-elect Barack Obama — to a point. Obama vowed to “bring a long-overdue sense of responsibility and accountability to Washington” and called the need for budget reform “an absolute necessity.” Cheryl Holdridge, one of the original Mouseketeers on “The Mickey Mouse Club,” died in Santa Monica, Calif., at age 64.

One year ago

President Barack Obama returned to Washington after a winter vacation in Hawaii that was interrupted by the “fiscal cliff” crisis.

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