On This Day: January 9
On Jan. 9, 2007, Steven P. Jobs introduced Apple’s long-awaited entry into the cellphone world, the iPhone.
On Jan. 9, 1913, Richard Milhous Nixon, the first American president to resign from office following his involvement in the Watergate scandal, was born. Following his death on April 22, 1994, his obituary appeared in The Times.
1788 Connecticut became the fifth state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.
1861 Mississippi seceded from the Union.
1968 The Surveyor 7 space probe made a soft landing on the moon. It was the last of America's unmanned explorations of the lunar surface.
1972 Reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes said a purported authorized biography of him by Clifford Irving was a fake.
1987 The White House released a memorandum prepared for President Ronald Reagan in January 1986 that showed a definite link between U.S. arms sales to Iran and the release of American hostages in Lebanon.
2001 Apple Computer Inc. introduced its iTunes music management software at the MacWorld Expo in San Francisco.
2005 Mahmoud Abbas was elected Palestinian Authority president by a landslide.
2006 "The Phantom of the Opera" became the longest-running show in Broadway history, surpassing "Cats," which ran for 7,485 performances.
2007 Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveiled the iPhone.
2009 The Illinois House voted to impeach Gov. Rod Blagojevich. (The Democratic governor was removed from office by the state Senate later in the month.)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, the wife of Britain's Prince William, turns 32 years old today.
Actor J.K. Simmons turns 59 years old today.
1928 Judith Krantz, Author, turns 86
1934 Bart Starr, Football Hall of Famer, turns 80
1935 Dick Enberg, Sportscaster, turns 79
1941 Joan Baez, Folk singer, turns 73
1944 Jimmy Page, Rock musician (Led Zeppelin), turns 70
1950 David Johansen, Rock singer (New York Dolls, "Buster Poindexter"), turns 64
1951 Crystal Gayle, Country singer, turns 63
1956 Imelda Staunton, Actress, turns 58
1965 Joely Richardson, Actress, turns 49
1978 Chad Johnson, Football player, turns 36
1978 A.J. Mclean, Singer (Backstreet Boys), turns 36