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Today in History
Today is Sunday, Dec. 29, the 363rd day of 2013. There are two days left in the year.

Today's in History:
On Dec. 29, 1913, the first true "cliffhanger" movie serial, "The Adventures of Kathlyn," starring Kathlyn Williams, premiered.

On this date:
In 1808, the 17th president of the United States, Andrew Johnson, was born in Raleigh, N.C.
In 1812, during the War of 1812, the American frigate USS Constitution engaged and severely damaged the British frigate HMS Java off Brazil.
In 1845, Texas was admitted as the 28th state.
In 1934, Japan formally renounced the Washington Naval Treaty of 1922.
In 1975, a bomb exploded in the main terminal of New York's LaGuardia Airport, killing 11 people.
In 1986, former British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan died at his home south of London at age 92.

In entertainment history -

On December 29th, 1955, 13-year-old Barbra Streisand made her first recording, "You'll Never Know."
In 1957, singers Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme (gor-MAY') were married in Las Vegas.
In 1967, musician Dave Mason left the band Traffic to pursue a solo career.
In 1975, Paul Kantner and Grace Slick of Jefferson Airplane divorced.
In 1980, singer-songwriter Tim Hardin died of a heroin overdose in Los Angeles at the age of 40. He's best known for composing the song "If I Were A Carpenter."
In 1989, Jane Pauley marked her last day as co-host of the "Today" show after 13 years. Her successor was Deborah Norville.


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