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TODAY IN HISTORY

Today is Thursday, Jan. 4, the fourth day of 2018. There are 361 days left in the year.

HIGHLIGHT IN HISTORY

On Jan. 4, 1868, "The Moonstone" by Wilkie Collins, considered by some the first full-length English detective novel, began to be serialized in Britain and the U.S. It was published in book form in July 1868.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS

• Actress Dyan Cannon is 79. • Author-historian Doris Kearns Goodwin is 75. • Country singer Patty Loveless is 61. • Rock singer Michael Stipe is 58. • Actress Julia Ormond is 53.

ON THIS DATE

In 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, in his State of the Union address, called for legislation to provide assistance for the jobless, elderly, impoverished children and the handicapped.

In 1951, during the Korean War, North Korean and Communist Chinese forces recaptured the city of Seoul.

In 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson delivered his State of the Union address in which he outlined the goals of his "Great Society."

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

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

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