THIS DATE IN HISTORY: JAN. 19
In 1736, James Watt, inventor of the steam engine, was born in Scotland.
In 1807, Robert E. Lee, the commander-in-chief of the Confederate armies, was born in Stratford, Va.
In 1809, author Edgar Allan Poe was born in Boston.
In 1937, millionaire Howard Hughes set a transcontinental air record by flying his monoplane from Los Angeles to Newark, N.J., in 7 hours, 28 minutes and 25 seconds.
In 1955, a presidential news conference was filmed for television for the first time, with the permission of President Eisenhower.
In 1979, former Attorney General John N. Mitchell was released on parole after serving 19 months at a federal prison in Alabama.
In 1981, the United States and Iran signed an agreement paving the way for release of 52 Americans held hostage for more than 14 months.
FIVE YEARS AGO: Arthur J. Goldberg, former Supreme Court justice, labor secretary and U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, was found dead in his Washington apartment at age 81.
ONE YEAR AGO: Figure skater Tonya Harding's ex-husband, Jeff Gillooly, surrendered to authorities in Portland, Ore., after being charged with conspiring to attack rival skater Nancy Kerrigan.