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Published Jan 23, 2013 at 04:00AM

It's Wednesday, Jan. 23, the 23rd day of 2013. There are 342 days left in the year.

Happenings

Benghazi attack — Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the House Foreign Affairs Committee about the deadly Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. facility in Benghazi, Libya.

Debt ceiling — The House of Representatives votes on GOP-sponsored legislation that would suspend the nation's $16.4 trillion debt limit and give the government enough borrowing leeway to meet three months' worth of obligations.

History

Highlight: In 1973, President Richard Nixon announced that an accord had been reached to end the Vietnam War, and would be formally signed four days later in Paris.

In 1789, Georgetown University was established in present-day Washington, D.C. In 1845, Congress decided all national elections would be held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November.

In 1933, the 20th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, the so-called “Lame Duck Amendment,” was ratified as Missouri approved it.

In 1937, 17 people went on trial in Moscow during Josef Stalin's “Great Purge.” (All were convicted of conspiracy; all but four were executed.)

In 1950, the Israeli Knesset approved a resolution affirming Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

In 1960, the U.S. Navy-operated bathyscaphe Trieste carried two men to the deepest known point in the Pacific Ocean, reaching a depth of more than 35,000 feet.

In 1964, the 24th Amendment to the Constitution, eliminating the poll tax in federal elections, was ratified.

In 1968, North Korea seized the Navy intelligence ship USS Pueblo, charging its crew with being on a spying mission. (The crew was released 11 months later.)

In 1977, the TV mini-series “Roots,” based on the Alex Haley novel, began airing on ABC.

In 1985, debate in Britain's House of Lords was carried on live television for the first time.

Ten years ago: The government of Kuwait said a Kuwaiti had confessed to the shootings of two U.S. defense workers that left one dead. (The assailant, Sami al-Mutairi, was convicted and sentenced to death, but an appeals court commuted the sentence to life in prison.)

Five years ago: Tens of thousands of Palestinians poured into Egypt from Gaza after Palestinian militants used land mines to breach a barrier dividing the border town of Rafah. French Open winner Michael Chang was elected to the International Tennis Hall of Fame, and IMG creator Mark McCormack and Tennis Week magazine founder Eugene Scott were selected posthumously.

One year ago: Republican presidential contenders Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich clashed repeatedly in heated, personal terms in a crackling campaign debate in Tampa, Fla. In a rare defeat for law enforcement, the Supreme Court unanimously agreed to bar police from installing GPS technology to track suspects without first getting a judge's approval.

Birthdays

Actress Chita Rivera is 80. Actor Gil Gerard is 70. Actor Rutger Hauer is 69. Singer Anita Pointer is 65. Actor Richard Dean Anderson is 63. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is 60. Princess Caroline of Monaco is 56. Singer Anita Baker is 55. Actress Mariska Hargitay is 49.

— From wire reports

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