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Notable Historical Events on January 21st

1939George Kaufman & Moss Hart's "American Way," premieres in NYC

1990John McEnroe becomes 1st ever player to be expelled from the Australian Open

199552th Golden Globes: Forrest Gump, Tom Hanks, Jessica Lange

1992Bill Cowher becomes the head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers, becoming only the second head coach of the team since 1970 (Chuck Noll)

1989Wayne Gretzky passes Marcel Dionne to become NHL's 2nd all time scorer

1987BB King donates his 7,000 record collection to U of Mississippi

199653th Golden Globes: Mel Gibson, Nicole Kidman, John Travolta

1962Mickey Wright wins LPGA Sea Island Women's Golf Invitational

1987B.B. King is inducted into the "Rock and Roll Hall of Fame"

18461st edition of Charles Dickens' "Daily News"

1950T. S. Eliot's "Cocktail Party," premieres in NYC

1977US President Jimmy Carter pardons almost all Vietnam War draft evaders

1983President Reagan certifies El Salvador human-rights abuses have decreased making country eligible for US military aid

1990Patty Sheehan wins LPGA Jamaica Golf Classic

1861Jefferson Davis of Mississippi and 4 other southern senators resign (U.S Civil War)

1987Muddy Waters is inducted into the "Rock and Roll Hall of Fame"

January 21st Historical Events
Date Event
1077
German King Heinrich IV petitions Pope Gregory VII for forgiveness 
1276
Pierre de Tarantaise elected Pope Innocence V 
1287
The treaty of San Agayz is signed. Minorca is conquered by King Alfons III of Aragon. 
1324
Zen Buddhist religious debate between Tendai & Shingon 
1522
Head inquisitor Adrian Florisz Boeyens elected pope 
1525
The Swiss Anabaptist Movement is born when Conrad Grebel, Felix Manz, George Blaurock, and about a dozen others baptize each other in the home of Manz's mother in Zürich, breaking a thousand-year tradition of church-state union. 
1542
Parliament passes bill of attainder against Queen Katherine Howard 
1664
Count Miklos of Zrinyi sets out to battle Turkish invasion army 
1677
1st medical publication in America (pamphlet on smallpox), Boston 
1732
Russia & Persia sign Treaty of Riascha 
1749
The Verona Philharmonic Theatre was destroyed by fire. It was rebuilt in 1754. 
1789
1st American novel, WH Brown's "Power of Sympathy," is published 
1793
Prussia & Russia sign partition treaty, dividing Poland. 
1793
Louis XVI of France is executed by the guillotine in Paris, following his conviction for high treason. 
1813
Pineapple introduced to Hawaii (or 01/111) 
1818
Keats writes his poem "On a Lock of Milton's Hair" 
1821
Paramaribo Suriname catches fire, 4 die 
1824
Ashantis defeat British at Accra, West Africa 
1827
Freedom Journal, 1st Black paper, begins publishing 
1830
Portsmouth (Ohio) blacks forcibly deported 
1846
1st edition of Charles Dickens' "Daily News" 
1853
Envelope-folding machine patented by Russell Hawes, Worcester, Mass 
1861
Jefferson Davis of Mississippi and 4 other southern senators resign (U.S Civil War) 
1863
City of Dublin leases part of Cattle Market for 100,000 years 
1864
The Tauranga Campaign of the New Zealand Wars begins 
1874
Franz Grillparzer's "Libussa," premieres in Vienna 
1879
Henrik Ibsen's "Et Dukkehjem," premieres in Copenhagen 
1880
1st US sewage disposal system separate from storm drains, Memphis, Tennessee 
1887
Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) forms 
1887
Brisbane receives a daily rainfall of 465 millimetres (18.3 inches), a record for any Australian capital city. 
1890
1st issue of Propria Cures, Amsterdam student-weekly newspaper 
1893
The Tati Concessions Land, formerly part of Matabeleland, was formally annexed to the Bechuanaland Protectorate which is now Botswana. 
1894
Oscar Fredriksen skates world record 500m in 47.8 sec 
1899
Opel manufactured its first automobile. 
1900
The second contingent of Canadian troops sails from Halifax to fight in South Africa against the Boers 
1901
Clyde Fitch's "Climbers," premieres in NYC 
1903
"Wizard of Oz," premieres in NYC 
1903
Harry Houdini escapes from Halvemaansteeg police station in Amsterdam 
1903
International Theater (Majestic, Park) opens at 5 Columbus Circle NYC 
1904
Leos Janacek's opera "Jenufa," premieres in Brno 
1907
Kenora Thistles sweep Mont Wanderers in 2 for Stanley Cup 
1908
August Strindberg's "Spoksonaten," premieres in Stockholm 
1908
NYC regulation makes it illegal for a woman to smoke in public 
1910
British-Russian military intervention in Persia 
1913
Aristide Briand forms French government 
1915
Kiwanis International founded in Detroit 
1919
Sinn Fein creates its own Free Irish parliament (dáil eireann) in Dublin, which brought about the Irish War of Independence. 
1920
14th Davis Cup: Australasia beats Great Britain in Sydney (4-1) 
1921
The Italian Communist Party was founded at Livorno. 
1922
1st slalom ski race run, Murren, Switzerland 
1925
Albanian parliament announces itself a republic; Ahmed Zogoe president 
1926
Belgian parliament accepts Locarno treaties 
1927
1st national opera broadcast from a US opera house (Faust, Chicago) 
1929
Robert Sherriff's "Journey's End," premieres in London 
1932
USSR & Finland stop non-attack treaty 
1935
12.0" (30.5 cm) of rain falls, Quinault RS, Wash (state record) 
1935
WFI-AM in Philadelphia Penn merges with WLIT as WFIL (now WEAZ) 
1935
Wilderness Society incorporated in USA 
1938
Dutch government starts obligatory unemployment insurance 
1939
George Kaufman & Moss Hart's "American Way," premieres in NYC 
1939
US female Figure Skating championship won by Joan Tozzer 
1939
US male Figure Skating championship won by Robin Lee 
1940
Foreign correspondents in Netherlands subjected to censorship 
1941
1st anti-Jewish measures in Bulgaria 
1941
1st commercial extraction of magnesium from seawater, Freeport, TX 
1941
Australian and British troops attack Tobruk, Libya 
1941
British communist newspaper "Daily Worker" banned 
1942
Bronx magistrate rules all pinball machines illegal 
1942
Count Basie records "One O'Clock Jump" 
1942
Japanese air raid on Rabaul, New Britain 
1942
Tito's partisans occupy Foca 
1943
Soviet forces reconquer Worosjilowsk 
1943
Soviet forces reconquer Gumrak airport near Stalingrad 
1943
Admiral Sir Andrew Cunningham, Royal Navy, promoted to Admiral of the Fleet 
1944
447 German bombers attack London 
1944
649 British bombers attack Magdeburg 
1945
British troops land on Ramree, near coast of Burma 
1946
"Nellie Bly" opens at Adelphi Theater NYC for 16 performances 
1947
"Sweethearts" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 288 performances 
1947
Arthur Honegger's 4th Symphony premieres in Basel 
1948
W Indies v England, Test debut Walcott, Weekes & Jim Laker 
1949
1st inaugural parade televised (Harry Truman) 
1950
"Lend an Ear" closes at National Theater NYC after 460 performances 
1950
NY jury finds former State Dept official Alger Hiss guilty of perjury 
1950
T. S. Eliot's "Cocktail Party," premieres in NYC 
1951
Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA Tampa Women's Golf Open 
1952
Nehru's Congress party wins general election in India 
1953
John Foster Dulles appointed as US Secretary of State 
1954
1st gas turbine automobile exhibited (NYC) 
1954
USS Nautilus, the first nuclear-powered submarine, launched on the Thames, Connecticut. 
1956
"Comedy in Music (Victor Borge)" closes at Golden NYC after 849 perfs 
1956
William Shawn succeeds Harold Ross as editor of New Yorker 
1957
KSAT TV channel 12 in San Antonio, TX (ABC) begins broadcasting 
1958
KMOT TV channel 10 in Minot, ND (NBC) begins broadcasting 
1958
Phillies agree to televise 78 games into NYC (doesn't happen) 
1960
Little Joe 4 suborbital Mercury test reaches 16 km 
1960
Rock falls traps 437 at Coalbrook, South Africa; 417 die of methane poisoning 
1961
"Conquering Hero" closes at ANTA Theater NYC after 8 performances 
1961
KIFI TV channel 8 in Idaho Falls, ID (NBC) begins broadcasting 
1961
Portuguese rebels seize cruise ship Santa Maria 
1962
JFK arrives in Uruguay 
1962
Mickey Wright wins LPGA Sea Island Women's Golf Invitational 
1962
Snow falls in San Francisco 
1964
Carl T Rowan named director of US Information Agency 
1965
Persians premier Ali Mansoer injured 
1967
AFL Pro Bowl: East beats West 30-23 
1967
US female Figure Skating championship won by Peggy Fleming 
1967
US male Figure Skating championship won by Gary Visconti 
1968
AFL Pro Bowl: East beats West 25-24 
1968
NFL Pro Bowl: West beats East 38-20 
1968
US B-52 bomber with nuclear bomb on board crashes in Greenland 
1968
Vietnam War: Battle of Khe Sanh - One of the most publicized and controversial battles of the war begins. 
1969
22nd NHL All-Star Game: West beat East 3-3 at Montreal 
1970
PanAm Boeing 747 1st flight NY-London 
1971
"Alias Smith & Jones" premieres on ABC TV 
1972
Assam's North East Frontier Agency becomes Arunachal Pradesh terr 
1972
Belgian government of Eyskens-Cools forms 
1972
Manipur, Meghalaya & Tripura become separate states of Indian union 
1972
Mizoram, formerly part of Assam, creates an Indian union territory 
1972
Tripura becomes a full-fledged state in India. 
1973
3rd NFL Pro Bowl: AFC beats NFC 33-28 
1973
Leslie Nielson appears on M*A*S*H in "Ringbanger" 
1974
Gold hits record $161.31/silver hits record $3.97 an ounce in London 
1975
28th NHL All-Star Game: Wales beat Campbell 7-1 at Montreal 
1976
Supersonic Concorde, 1st commercial flights, by Britain & France 
1977
Italy legalizes abortion 
1977
US President Jimmy Carter pardons almost all Vietnam War draft evaders 
1978
Bee Gees' "Saturday Night Fever" album goes #1 for 24 weeks 
1979
Neptune becomes outermost planet (Pluto moves closer) 
1979
Price of gold increases to record $875 troy oz 
1979
Super Bowl XIII: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Dallas Cowboys, 35-31 in Miami Super Bowl MVP: Terry Bradshaw, Pittsburgh, QB 
1980
Gold hits record $850 an ounce 
1980
Les Henson, Virginia Tech, makes 89' 3" basketball field goal 
1981
"Shakespeare's Cabaret" opens at Bijou Theater NYC for 54 performances 
1981
Bernhard Goetz is assault for 1st time on a NY subway train 
1981
Norman Stronge and his son James (both former Ulster Unionist Members of Parliament) are assassinated by the Irish Republican Army at their home Tynan Abbey, which is then burnt down 
1982
"Little Me" opens at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC for 36 performances 
1982
NY Islanders begin then NHL record 15 game winning streak 
1983
Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Anthony E Hecht 
1983
President Reagan certifies El Salvador human-rights abuses have decreased making country eligible for US military aid 
1984
US male Figure Skating championship won by Scott Hamilton 
1985
-19°F (-28°C), Caesar's Head, South Carolina (state record) 
1985
-34°F (-37°C), Mt Mitchell, North Carolina (state record) 
1985
Bomb attack on Borobudur temple in Java 
1985
Dennis Potvin ties Bobby Orr's career record of 270 NHL goals 
1986
100 participate in Nude Olympics race in 38°F (3°C), Indiana 
1986
Allison J Brown, 17, of Oklahoma, crowned 4th Miss Teen USA 
1986
Bomb attack in East-Beirut, 27 killed 
1987
BB King donates his 7,000 record collection to U of Mississippi 
1987
B.B. King is inducted into the "Rock and Roll Hall of Fame" 
1987
Muddy Waters is inducted into the "Rock and Roll Hall of Fame" 
1988
US accepts immigration of 30,000 US-Vietnamese children 
1989
A woman is assaulted & raped in room of an Oklahoma football player 
1989
Wayne Gretzky passes Marcel Dionne to become NHL's 2nd all time scorer 
1990
41st NHL All-Star Game: Wales beat Campbell 12-7 at Pittsburgh 
1990
Bob Goodenow succeeds Alan Eagleson as NHL players association exec director 
1990
John McEnroe becomes 1st ever player to be expelled from the Australian Open 
1990
Patty Sheehan wins LPGA Jamaica Golf Classic 
1991
CBS News correspondant Bob Simon captured by Iraqis in Persian Gulf 
1992
Bill Cowher becomes the head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers, becoming only the second head coach of the team since 1970 (Chuck Noll) 
1993
Johan Koss skates world record 5 km in 6:38.77 
1993
Nigerian singer Fela Kuti arrested on suspicion of murder 
1994
Dow Jones passes 3900 (record 3,914.20) 
1994
Lorena Bobbitt found temporarily insane when she cut off her husband's penis 
1995
52th Golden Globes: Forrest Gump, Tom Hanks, Jessica Lange 
1996
53th Golden Globes: Mel Gibson, Nicole Kidman, John Travolta 
1996
Karrie Webb wins LPGA HealthSouth Inaugural Golf Tournament 
1996
US male Figure Skating championship won by Rudy Galindo 
1998
Pope John Paul II visits Cuba 
1999
In one of the largest drug busts in American history, the US Coast Guard intercepts a ship carrying 4,300 kg of cocaine. 
2002
The Canadian Dollar sets all-time low against the US Dollar (US$0.6179). 
2004
Canada: The residence of reporter Juliet O'Neill is searched by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) investigating leaks concerning the deportation of Maher Arar. 
2004
NASA's MER-A (the Mars Rover Spirit) ceases communication with mission control. The problem lies with Flash Memory management and is fixed remotely from Earth on February 6. 
2005
In Belmopan, Belize, the unrest over the government's new taxes erupts into riots. 
2007
Awashima Marine Park in Japan catches a video tape of the rare frilled shark. 
2008
Black Monday in worldwide stock markets. FTSE 100 had its biggest ever one-day points fall, European stocks closed with their worst result since 9/11, and Asian stocks drop as much as 15%. 
2008
The Eyak language in Alaska becomes extinct as its last native speaker dies. 
2013
30 people are killed in a car bombing in Salamiyeh, Syria 
2013
41 people are injured after two trains collide in Vienna, Austria 
2013
18 people are killed and 24 are injured after a bus falls down a ravine in Yungas, Bolivia 
2013
1 person is killed and 15 are injured by a magnitude 5.9 earthquake in Indonesia 
2013
Jeroen Dijsselbloem, Netherlands' Minister of Finance, becomes the President of the Euro Group 
2016
Putin 'Probably Approved' Litvinenko Poisoning, British Inquiry Says 
2016
Explosion in Egypt kills at least 6, including police officers 
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