Today in History, January 21st

By | January 21, 2014

A few of the great historical events that happened today in history, January 21st!

1189 Philip Augustus, Henry II of England and Frederick Barbarossa assemble the troops for the Third Crusade.
1648 In Maryland, the first woman lawyer in the colonies, Margaret Brent, is denied a vote in the Maryland Assembly.
1785 Chippewa, Delaware, Ottawa and Wyandot Indians sign the treaty of Fort McIntosh, ceding present-day Ohio to the United States.
1790 Joseph Guillotin proposes a new, more humane method of execution: a machine designed to cut off the condemned person’s head as painlessly as possible.


Joseph Guillotin

1793 The French King Louis XVI is guillotined for treason.
1861 Five Southerners resigned from the U.S. Senate, including Jefferson Davis of Mississippi, the future president of the Confederacy.
1910 Japan rejects the American proposal to neutralize ownership of the Manchurian Railway.
1915 The first Kiwanis Club was founded, in Detroit. kiwanis
1919 The German Krupp plant begins producing guns under the U.S. armistice terms.
1921 J.D. Rockefeller pledges $1 million for the relief of Europe’s destitute.
1924 Russian revolutionary Vladimir Ilyich Lenin died of a stroke at age 53.
1930 An international arms control meeting opens in London.
1933 The League of Nations rejects Japanese terms for settlement with China.
1941 The United States lifts the ban on arms to the Soviet Union.
1942 In North Africa, German Field Marshal Erwin Rommel launches a drive to push the British eastward. While the British benefited from radio-intercept-derived Ultra information, the Germans enjoyed an even speedier intelligence source.
1943 A Nazi daylight air raid kills 34 in a London school. When the anticipated invasion of Britain failed to materialize in 1940, Londoners relaxed, but soon they faced a frightening new threat.
1950 A federal jury in New York City found former State Department official Alger Hiss guilty of perjury.
1951 Communist troops force the UN army out of Inchon, Korea after a 12-hour attack.
1954 The first atomic submarine, the USS Nautilus, was launched at Groton, Conn.
1958 The Soviet Union calls for a ban on nuclear arms in Baghdad Pact countries.
1964 Carl T. Rowan is named the director of the United States Information Agency (USIA).
1968 In Vietnam, the Siege of Khe Sanh begins as North Vietnamese units surround U.S. Marines based on the hilltop headquarters.
1974 The U.S. Supreme Court decides that pregnant teachers can no longer be forced to take long leaves of absence.
1976 Leonid Brezhnev and Henry Kissinger meet to discuss Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty (SALT).
1976 The supersonic Concorde jet was put into service by Britain and France.
1977 President Jimmy Carter urges 65 degrees as the maximum heat in homes to ease the energy crisis.

President Jimmy Carter (1977)

President Jimmy Carter (1977)

1977 President Jimmy Carter pardoned almost all Vietnam War draft evaders.
1993 Congressman Mike Espy of Mississippi is confirmed as Secretary of the Department of Agriculture.
1994 A jury in Manassas, Va., acquitted Lorena Bobbitt by reason of temporary insanity of maliciously wounding her husband, John, whom she’d accused of sexually assaulting her.
1997 Speaker Newt Gingrich was reprimanded and fined as the House voted for first time in history to discipline its leader for ethical misconduct.


Newt Gingrich (1997)

1998 Pope John Paul II began his first visit to Cuba.
2003 The Census Bureau announced that Hispanics had surpassed blacks as America’s largest minority group.
2004 The recording industry sued 532 computer users it said were illegally distributing songs over the Internet.
2010 A bitterly divided Supreme Court, in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, vastly increased the power of big business and labor unions to influence government decisions by freeing them to spend their millions directly to sway elections for president and Congress.
2010 Former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards finally admitted fathering a child during an affair before his second White House bid.

Today in history facts are from various sites including, but not limited too: the History Channel, The New York Times, WHG, and

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A few of the great historical events that happened today in history!

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