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Today in history: January 3

Alaska joined the union, Eisenhower cut ties with Cuba, and more

Jan. 3, 1938: President Franklin Roosevelt, who was afflicted by polio, launched the March of Dimes to fight the disease.

Jan. 3, 1959: North to Alaska…President Dwight Eisenhower signed a proclamation admitting Alaska as the 49th state in the union.

Jan. 3, 1961: President Eisenhower cut U.S. diplomatic ties with communist Cuba.

Jan. 3, 1980: In response to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, President Carter asked Congress to table SALT II, a nuclear arms reduction treaty.

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