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History for January 9:
1788 - Conneticut becomes the 5th state.
1793 - First balloon flight in North America takes place in Philadelphia.
1799 - First income tax imposed, in England.
1839 - The daguerrotype process announced at French Academy of Science.
1847 - First San Francisco paper, 'California Star', published.
1848 - First commercial bank in San Francisco established.
1936 - Semi-automatic rifles adopted by US army.
1945 - As he vowed, MacArthur returns to the Philippines.
1982 - 5.9 earthquake in New England/Canada; last one was in 1855.
1870 - [Joseph B. Strauss[, civil engineer & builder of Golden Gate Bridge.
1898 - Gracie Fields
1901 - Chic Young, creator of the "Blondie" comic strip.
1902 - Rudolph Bing, opera manager
1904 - George Balanchine, dancer-choreographer
1913 - Richard Milhouse Nixon, 37th President from 1968 - 1974.
1941 - Joan Baez, Folk Singer
1941 - Susannah York, Actress
1951 - Crystal Gale, Singer
1951 - Rosalyn Kind, Singer