Today in History, January 22nd

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A few of the great historical events that happened today in history, January 22nd!

1689 England’s “Bloodless Revolution” reaches its climax when parliament invites William and Mary to become joint sovereigns.
1807 President Thomas Jefferson exposes a plot by Aaron Burr to form a new republic in the Southwest.
1813 During the War of 1812, British forces under Henry Proctor defeat a U.S. contingent planning an attack on Fort Detroit.


Henry Proctor

1824 A British force is wiped out by an Asante army under Osei Bonsu on the African Gold Coast. This is the first defeat for a colonial power.
1863 In an attempt to out flank Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia, General Ambrose Burnside leads his army on a march to north Fredericksburg, but foul weather bogs his army down in what will become known as “Mud March.”
1879 Eighty-two British soldiers hold off attacks by 4,000 Zulu warriors at the Battle of Rorke’s Drift in South Africa.
1901 Queen Victoria died at age 81 after 63 years on the British throne.
1905 Russian troops opened fired on marching workers in St. Petersburg, killing more than 100 in what became known as “Bloody Sunday.”
1912 Second Monte Carlo auto race begins.
1913 Turkey consents to the Balkan peace terms and gives up Adrianople.
1922 Pope Benedict XV died.


Pope Benedict XV

1930 Admiral Richard Byrd charts a vast area of Antarctica.
1932 Government troops crush a Communist uprising in Northern Spain.
1938 Thornton Wilder’s play “Our Town” premiered in Princeton, N.J.
1939 A Nazi order erases the old officer caste, tying the army directly to the Party.
1943 Axis forces pull out of Tripoli for Tunisia, destroying bases as they leave.
1944 Allied forces began landing at Anzio, Italy, during World War II.
1953 The Arthur Miller drama “The Crucible” opened on Broadway.
1968 “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In” premiered on NBC.
1970 The Boeing 747 went on its first regularly scheduled commercial flight, from New York to London.
1971 Communist forces shell Phnom Penh, Cambodia, for the first time.
1973 Lyndon Baines Johnson, the 36th president of the United States, died at his ranch in Johnson City, Texas, at age 64.
1979 Abu Hassan, the alleged planner of the 1972 Munich raid, is killed by a bomb in Beirut.
1982 President Ronald Reagan formally links progress in arms control to Soviet repression in Poland.
1995 Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, the mother of President John F. Kennedy, died in Hyannis Port, Mass., at age 104.


Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy

1997 The Senate confirmed Madeleine Albright as the nation’s first female secretary of state.
1998 Theodore Kaczynski pleaded guilty in Sacramento, Calif., to being the Unabomber in return for a sentence of life in prison without parole.
2008 Jose Padilla, once accused of plotting with al-Qaida to blow up a radioactive “dirty bomb,” was sentenced by a U.S. federal judge in Miami to more than 17 years in prison on terrorism conspiracy charges.
2009 President Barack Obama ordered the terrorist detention center at Guantanamo Bay closed within a year and banned harsh interrogation of terror suspects. (The prison remains open.)
2010 Conan O’Brien ended his brief tenure as host of “The Tonight Show” after accepting a $45 million buyout from NBC to leave the show after only seven months.

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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