On This Day: Palestinians elect Mahmoud Abbas

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On Jan. 9, 2005, Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip elected Mahmoud Abbas their new president. He succeeded the late Yasser Arafat.
On January 9, 1916, the Ottoman Empire claimed victory in the Battle of Gallipoli following the evacuation of Allied forces from the peninsula. File Photo courtesy the German Federal Archive

On January 9, 1982, Angelo Buono Jr., one of the so-called Hillside Stranglers, was sentenced to life in prison for raping and killing 10 women in Los Angeles. File Photo courtesy state of California

On January 9, 1947, Elizabeth Short, more commonly known as the Black Dahlia, disappears. Her body was found six days later. File Photo courtesy of the Los Angeles Police Department

Interim Palestinian leader and presidential front-runner Mahmoud Abbas speaks to supporters during a campaign rally at Khan Younis, southern Gaza Strip on January 4, 2005. He was elected president five days later. File Photo by Ismael Mohamad/UPI | License Photo

Jan. 9 (UPI) -- On this day in history:

In 1768, Philip Astley, regarded as the "father of the modern circus," staged the first event in an open field at what is now the Waterloo area of…
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