TODAY IN HISTORY
Today is Tuesday, Feb. 5, the 36th day of 2013. There are 329 days left in the year.
On Feb. 5, 1973, services were held at Arlington National Cemetery for U.S. Army Col. William B. Nolde, the last official American combat casualty before the Vietnam cease-fire took effect.
On this date:
In 1783, Sweden recognized the independence of the United States.
In 1917, Congress passed, over President Woodrow Wilson's veto, an immigration act severely curtailing the influx of Asians. Mexico's constitution was adopted.
In 1937, President Franklin D. Roosevelt proposed increasing the number of U.S. Supreme Court justices; the proposal, which failed in Congress, had critics accusing Roosevelt of attempting to "pack" the nation's highest court.
In 1971, Apollo 14 astronauts Alan Shepard and Edgar Mitchell stepped onto the surface of the moon in the first of two lunar excursions.
In 1983, former Nazi Gestapo official Klaus Barbie, expelled from Bolivia, was brought to Lyon, France, to stand trial. (He was convicted of war crimes and sentenced to life in prison; he died in 1991.)
Ten years ago: Secretary of State Colin Powell urged the U.N. Security Council to move against Saddam Hussein, saying Iraq had failed to disarm, was harboring terrorists and was hiding behind a "web of lies."
Five years ago: John McCain seized command of the race for the Republican presidential nomination, winning delegate-rich primaries from the East Coast to California on Super Tuesday.
Today's birthdays: Country singer Claude King is 90. Baseball Hall-of-Famer Hank Aaron is 79. Actor Stuart Damon is 76. Actor David Selby is 72. Singer-songwriter Barrett Strong is 72. Football Hall-of-Famer Roger Staubach is 71. Singer Cory Wells (Three Dog Night) is 71. Rock singer Al Kooper is 69. Actress Charlotte Rampling is 67. Actress Barbara Hershey is 65. Actor Christopher Guest is 65. Actor Tom Wilkinson is 65. Actor-comedian Tim Meadows is 52. Actress Jennifer Jason Leigh is 51. Actress Laura Linney is 49. Rock musician Duff McKagan (Velvet Revolver) is 49. Actor-comedian Chris Parnell is 46. Rock singer Chris Barron (Spin Doctors) is 45. Singer Bobby Brown is 44. Country singer Sara Evans is 42. Actor Jeremy Sumpter is 24.
Thought for today: "Men do not desire to be rich, but to be richer than other men." -- John Stuart Mill, English philosopher and economist (1806-1873)