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This Week In History
January 26, 1943 - The first OSS (Office of Strategic Services) agent parachutes behind Japanese lines in Burma.
January 27, 1980 - Through cooperation between the U.S. and Canadian governments, six American diplomats secretly escape hostilities in Iran in the culmination of the Canadian Caper, the popular name given to the joint covert rescue.
January 28, 1954 - President Woodrow Wilson signed into law the “Act to Create the Coast Guard,” an act passed by Congress on 20 January 1915 to form the Coast Guard (38 Stat. L., 800).
January 29, 1979 – Deng Xiaoping, deputy premier of China, meets President Jimmy Carter, and together they sign historic new accords that reverse decades of U.S. opposition to the People’s Republic of China.
January 30, 2005 - An estimated 58 percent of Iraq’s population defy threats of violence to vote in the first elections since Saddam Hussein’s ouster.
January 31, 1950 - U.S. President Harry S. Truman publicly announces his decision to support the development of the hydrogen bomb, a weapon theorized to be hundreds of times more powerful than the atomic bombs dropped on Japan during World War II.
February 01, 1958 - Elvis Presley records his last single, “Wear My Ring Around Your Neck,” before joining the army.
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