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In 1825, the House of Representatives elected John Quincy Adams president after no candidate received a majority of electoral votes.

In 1861, Jefferson Davis was elected provisional president of the Confederate States of America at a congress held in Montgomery, Ala.

In 1950, in a speech in Wheeling, W.Va., Sen. Joseph McCarthy, R-Wis., charged that the State Department was riddled with Communists.

In 1960, Adolph Coors Co. chairman Adolph Coors III, 44, was shot to death in suburban Denver during a botched kidnapping attempt. (The man who killed him, Joseph Corbett Jr., served 19 years in prison.)

In 1964, the G.I. Joe action figure was introduced at the American International Toy Fair in New York.

In 1984, Soviet leader Yuri V. Andropov, 69, died 15 months after succeeding Leonid Brezhnev; he was followed by Konstantin U. Chernenko.

In 2005, Hewlett-Packard Co. chief executive Carly Fiorina was forced out by board members, ending her nearly six-year reign.

Five years ago: Missouri All-American Michael Sam came out to the nation as an openly gay player in published interviews with ESPN.

Today’s birthdays: Television journalist Roger Mudd is 91. Actress Janet Suzman is 80. Nobel Prize-winning author J.M. Coetzee is 79. Actress-politician Sheila James Kuehl (TV: “The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis”) is 78. Singer-songwriter Carole King is 77. Actor Joe Pesci is 76. Singer Barbara Lewis is 76. Author Alice Walker is 75. Actress Mia Farrow is 74. Former Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va., is 73. Singer Joe Ely is 72. Actress Judith Light is 70. Rhythm-and-blues musician Dennis “DT” Thomas (Kool & the Gang) is 68. Actor Ed Amatrudo is 63. Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is 62. Country singer Travis Tritt is 56. Actress Julie Warner is 54. Country singer Danni Leigh is 49. Actor Michael B. Jordan is 32.

– The Associated Press


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