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- In 1784, in a letter to his daughter Sarah, Benjamin Franklin expressed unhappiness over the choice of the bald eagle as the symbol of America, and stated his own preference: the turkey.
- On Jan. 26, 1942, the first American Expeditionary Force to head to Europe during World War II arrived in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
- In 1998, President Bill Clinton forcefully denied having an affair with a former White House intern, telling reporters, "I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky."
- In 2009, the Muhlenberg men's basketball team made all 26 free throw attempts in a game vs. Swarthmore.
- In 2013, McDaniel outlasted Washington College, 95-87, in the fifth three-overtime men's basketball game in Conference history.
- Happy birthday: Sportscaster-actor Bob Uecker is 82. Activist Angela Davis is 73. Actor Richard Portnow is 70. Rock singer-musician Eddie Van Halen is 62. Reggae musician Norman Hassan (UB40) is 59. Actress-comedian-talk show host Ellen DeGeneres is 59. Hockey Hall of Famer Wayne Gretzky is 56. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy is 52. NBA player Vince Carter is 40.
Popular Harrisburg reporter and television news anchor Dave Marcheskie (Ursinus '07) is leaving ABC27 at the end of the month, PennLive has learned. Marcheskie has accepted a job as the senior site communications manager for Three Mile Island, replacing the retiring Ralph DeSantis. Marcheskie's last day at the station will be Jan. 29. He expects to start his new role in mid-February. Marcheskie has worked for ABC since 2010, after previous gigs in Greenville, North Carolina and Comcast SportsNet. He began as a sports reporter for UCTV also wrote news and sports columns for The Grizzly, as well as playing football for the Bears.
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