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January 19 - the day over the years

On this day the Soviet Union announced the end of seige of Leningrad in WW2.
PTI | By Associated Press,
UPDATED ON JAN 20, 2005 06:52 PM IST

Today is Wednesday, January 19, the nineteenth day of 2005.
There are 347 days left in the year.

Highlights in history on this date:

1493 - France and Spain sign Treaty of Barcelona; Maximilian, King of the Romans, saves Germany from French invasion at Battle of Salinas.

1649 - Trial of England's King Charles I for treason begins.

1795 - French forces overrun Holland.

1812 - British forces under Duke of Wellington take Ciudad Rodrigo in Spain.
1825 - Ezra Daggett and Thomas Kinsett paten the tin canning process for food, pioneering the age of convenience for housewives and armies alike.

1918 - The Bolsheviks dissolve Russian Constitutional Assembly in Petrograd.
1937 - Millionaire Howard Hughes sets a transcontinental air record by flying his monoplane from LA to Newark, New Jersey, in 7 hours, 28 mins and 25 secs.
1938 - General Francisco Franco's Nationalist air force bombs Spanish cities of Barcelona and Valencia, killing 700 people.
1944 - The federal government relinquishes control of the nation's railroads after settling a wage dispute.
1945 - Soviet troops take Krakow, Poland, in World War II.
1956 - Sudan joins Arab League as ninth member.
1960 - United States and Japan sign treaty of mutual security.
1966 - India's new prime minister, Indira Gandhi, pledges to follow path of nonalignment in world affairs.
- Five Russians, including a senior diplomat and two other members of Soviet embassy staff, are expelled from China on espionage charges.
1975 - Britain and Irish Republican Army announce first direct negotiations since start of guerrilla activity in Northern Ireland five years earlier.
1981 - The United States and Iran sign an agreement paving the way for the release of 52 Americans held hostage for more than 14 months.
1988 - Czech government rules out any chance that ousted Communist Party leader Alexander Dubcek be allowed to return to public life.
1989 - Soviet Union announces it will unilaterally withdraw some of its short-range nuclear missiles from Europe.
1990 - Washington, D.C., Mayor Marion Barry is arraigned on charges of crack cocaine possession.
1992 - Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir's coalition government loses its parliamentary majority.
1995 - Separatist fighters abandon Chechnya's presidential palace after Russian artillery and rocket fire destroy it.
1996 - Chechen sympathizers who hijacked a Turkish ferry surrender, ending a four-day ordeal for more than 240 hostages.
1997 - A powerful car bomb explodes outside a cafe in downtown Algiers, killing at least 20 people and wounding 60 others, hours after attackers massacred 36.

2002 - The Sudanese government and the Sudanese People's Liberation Army, the main rebel group involved in the country's 19-year-old civil war, sign a cease-fire agreement for the disputed Nuba Mountains region.
2003 - Indian officials say an intense cold spell in parts of India, Bangladesh and Nepal has claimed 1,300 lives across the region since December 2002. Millions of people living outdoors and in uninsulated are threatened with exposure.

Today's Birthdays:
James Watt, Scottish engineer-inventor (1736-1819)
Auguste Comte, French philosopher (1798-1857)
Edgar Allen Poe, US writer (1809-1849)
Paul Cezanne, French artist (1839-1906)
Robert MacNeil, Canadian-born newsman-writer (1931--)
Shelley Fabares, US actress (1944--)
Dolly Parton, US singer/actress (1946--)
Vinod Kambli, cricketer

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