Today in History: Wednesday, February  05, 2014
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On Feb. 5, 2003, Secretary of State Colin Powell urged the U.N. Security Council to move against Iraq, saying that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction and was harboring terrorists - claims that later turned out to be false.
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1881Phoenix, Ariz., was incorporated.
1917Congress passed, over President Woodrow Wilson's veto, a law severely curtailing the immigration of Asians.
1937President Franklin D. Roosevelt proposed increasing the number of Supreme Court justices. Critics charged that he was attempting to "pack" the court.
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1958Gamel Abdel Nasser was nominated to become the first president of the new United Arab Republic, a short-lived union of Syria and Egypt.
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1988The Arizona House of Representatives impeached Gov. Evan Mecham, who was later convicted in the state Senate and removed from office.
1988Panamanian military leader Gen. Manuel Noriega was indicted on bribery and drug trafficking charges in Florida.
1994White separatist Byron De La Beckwith was convicted in Jackson, Miss., of murdering civil rights leader Medgar Evers in 1963. He was sentenced to life in prison.
1997Investment bank Morgan Stanley announced a $10 billion merger with Dean Witter.
2001Four disciples of Osama bin Laden went on trial in New York in the 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa.
2002A federal grand jury indicted John Walker Lindh, the so-called "American Taliban," alleging that he was trained by Osama bin Laden's network and that he conspired with the Taliban to kill Americans.
Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Baseball Hall of Famer Hank Aaron turns 80 years old today.
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Roger StaubachFootball Hall of Famer72
Michael MannDirector71
Al KooperRock musician, singer (Blood, Sweat and Tears)70
Charlotte RamplingActress68
Christopher GuestActor, screenwriter ("This is Spinal Tap")66
Barbara HersheyActress66
Tom WilkinsonActor66
Jennifer GranholmFormer governor of Michigan55
Tim MeadowsActor, comedian ("Saturday Night Live")53
Jennifer Jason LeighActress52
Laura LinneyActress50
Chris ParnellActor-comedian ("Saturday Night Live")47
Roberto AlomarBaseball Hall of Famer46
Bobby BrownR&B singer45
Sara EvansCountry singer43
Actor-singer Darren Criss ("Glee") turns 27 years old today.
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