KSAT Kids: Today in History, Jan. 14

United States ratifies Treaty of Paris, ending Revolutionary War

Today is Thursday, Jan. 14, the 14th day of 2021. There are 351 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

  • On Jan. 13, 1784, the United States ratified the Treaty of Paris ending the Revolutionary War; Britain followed suit in April 1784.

On this date:

  • In 1858, Napoleon III, Emperor of the French, and his wife, Empress Eugenie, escaped an assassination attempt led by Italian revolutionary Felice Orsini, who was later captured and executed.
  • In 1914, Ford Motor Co. greatly improved its assembly-line operation by employing an endless chain to pull each chassis along at its Highland Park, Michigan, plant.
  • In 1943, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and French General Charles de Gaulle opened a wartime conference in Casablanca.
  • In 1963, George C. Wallace was sworn in as governor of Alabama with the pledge, “Segregation forever!” — a view Wallace later repudiated.
  • In 1964, former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy, in a brief televised address, thanked Americans for their condolences and messages of support following the assassination of her husband, President John F. Kennedy, nearly two months earlier.
1929: Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, the U.S. first lady from 1961 until 1963 as the wife of President John F. Kennedy, is born Jacqueline Lee Bouvier in Southampton, New York. Five years after President Kennedy's assassination, she married Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis and they remained married until his death in 1975. A fashion icon also known for her contributions to the arts and preservation of historic architecture, she had a career as a book editor during the last two decades of her life before her death on May 19, 1994. (Library of Congress, LC-USZ62-21796)
  • In 1968, the Green Bay Packers of the NFL defeated the AFL’s Oakland Raiders, 33-14, in the second AFL-NFL World Championship game (now referred to as Super Bowl II).
  • In 1970, Diana Ross and the Supremes performed their last concert together, at the Frontier Hotel in Las Vegas.
  • In 1972, the situation comedy “Sanford and Son,” starring Redd Foxx and Demond Wilson, premiered on NBC-TV.
  • In 1975, the House Internal Security Committee (formerly the House Un-American Activities Committee) was disbanded.
  • In 1994, President Bill Clinton and Russian President Boris Yeltsin signed an accord to stop aiming missiles at any nation; the leaders joined Ukrainian President Leonid Kravchuk in signing an accord to dismantle the nuclear arsenal of Ukraine.
  • In 2010, President Barack Obama and the U.S. moved to take charge in earthquake-ravaged Haiti, dispatching thousands of troops along with tons of aid.
  • In 2013, Lance Armstrong ended a decade of denial by confessing to Oprah Winfrey during a videotaped interview that he’d used performance-enhancing drugs to win the Tour de France.

Today’s Birthdays:

Blues singer Clarence Carter is 85. Singer Jack Jones is 83. Actor Faye Dunaway is 80. Actor Holland Taylor is 78. Actor Carl Weathers is 73. Singer-producer T-Bone Burnett is 73. Movie writer-director Lawrence Kasdan is 72. Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Maureen Dowd is 69. Rock singer Geoff Tate (Queensryche) is 62. Movie writer-director Steven Soderbergh is 58. Actor Mark Addy is 57. Former Fox News Channel anchorman Shepard Smith is 57. Actor/producer Dan Schneider is 57. Rapper Slick Rick is 56. Actor Emily Watson is 54. Actor-comedian Tom Rhodes is 54. Rock musician Zakk Wylde is 54. Rapper-actor LL Cool J is 53. Actor Jason Bateman is 52. Rock singer-musician Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters) is 52. Actor Kevin Durand is 47. Actor Jordan Ladd is 46. Actor Ward Horton is 45. Actor Emayatzy Corinealdi is 41. Retro-soul singer-songwriter Marc Broussard is 39. Rock singer-musician Caleb Followill (Kings of Leon) is 39. Actor Zach Gilford is 39. Actor Jake Choi is 36. Actor Jonathan Osser is 32. Actor-singer Grant Gustin is 31. Singer/guitarist Molly Tuttle is 28.

Today, Bateman, is well known for roles on "Arrested Development" and in movies like "Horrible Bosses," "Up in the Air," "Juno" and "Identity Thief." In 2014, he made his directorial debut with the comedy "Bad Words," in which he also starred. (Jason Kempin/Getty Images)