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On this day: January 2

Published: Jan 01 2013 09:45:02 PM EST   Updated On: Jan 02 2014 02:00:00 AM EST

The Lindbergh baby kidnapping trial begins, the Jets give Namath a record contract, Nixon lowers the nation's maximum speed limit to 55, and oil tops $100 a barrel for the first time, all on this day.

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1788: Georgia becomes the fourth state to ratify the United States Constitution.

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