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Today in History

Today is Tuesday, Feb. 6, the 37th day of 1996. There are 329 days left in the year.Today's Highlight in History:

In 1895, baseball legend Babe Ruth was born in Baltimore.

On this date:

In 1756, America's third vice president, Aaron Burr, was born in Newark, N.J.

In 1778, the United States won official recognition from France as the two nations signed a pair of treaties in Paris.

In 1788, Massachusetts became the sixth state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.

In 1899, a peace treaty between the United States and Spain was ratified by the U.S. Senate.

In 1933, the 20th Amendment to the Constitution - the "lame duck" amendment which moved the start of presidential, vice-presidential and congressional terms from March to January - was declared in effect.

In 1943, a Los Angeles jury acquitted actor Errol Flynn of three counts of statutory rape.

In 1952, Britain's King George VI died; he was succeeded to the throne by his daughter, Elizabeth II.

In 1959, the United States successfully test-fired for the first time a Titan intercontinental ballistic missile from Cape Canaveral.

In 1978, Muriel Humphrey took the oath of office as a U.S. senator from Minnesota, filling the seat of her late husband, former Vice President Hubert Humphrey.

Ten years ago: The commission investigating the Challenger disaster opened its hearings into the cause of the space shuttle explosion that killed all seven crew members. The Dow Jones industrial average closed above the 1,600 level for the first time, ending the day at 1,669.

Five years ago: Jordan's King Hussein tilted sharply toward Iraq in the Gulf War, describing the conflict as an effort by outsiders to destroy Iraq and carve up the Arab world. Comedian and television performer Danny Thomas died in Los Angeles at age 79.

One year ago: President Clinton unveiled his $1.61 trillion budget for 1996, mixing mild tax relief and spending reductions. Siddig Ibrahim Siddig Ali, the alleged mastermind of a campaign of violence, pleaded guilty in New York to plotting urban terrorism. The space shuttle Discovery flew to within 37 feet of the Russian space station Mir in the first rendezvous of its kind in two decades.

Today's Birthdays: Former President Ronald Reagan is 85. Actress Zsa Zsa Gabor is 79. Actor Patrick MacNee is 74. Actor Rip Torn is 65. Actress Mamie Van Doren is 63. Actor Mike Farrell is 57. NBC news anchorman Tom Brokaw is 56. Singer Fabian Forte is 53. Actress Gayle Hunnicutt is 53. Singer Natalie Cole is 47.

Thought for Today: "The only discipline that lasts is self-discipline." - Bum Phillips, American football coach.