Thursday, January 21, 2016

Today in History: Thursday, January 21, 2016

AP Highlight in History: 
On Jan. 21, 1793, France's King Louis XVI, condemned for treason, was executed on the guillotine.
 
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On this date in:
1861Five Southerners resigned from the U.S. Senate, including Jefferson Davis of Mississippi, the future president of the Confederacy.
1915The first Kiwanis Club was founded, in Detroit.
1924Russian revolutionary Vladimir Ilyich Lenin died of a stroke at age 53.
1950A federal jury in New York City found former State Department official Alger Hiss guilty of perjury.
1954The first atomic submarine, the USS Nautilus, was launched at Groton, Conn.
1976The supersonic Concorde jet was put into service by Britain and France.
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1977President Jimmy Carter pardoned almost all Vietnam War draft evaders.
1994A 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.
1997Speaker Newt Gingrich was reprimanded and fined as the House voted for first time in history to discipline its leader for ethical misconduct.
1998Pope John Paul II began his first visit to Cuba.
2003The Census Bureau announced that Hispanics had surpassed blacks as America's largest minority group.
2004The recording industry sued 532 computer users it said were illegally distributing songs over the Internet.
2010A 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.
2010Former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards finally admitted fathering a child during an affair before his second White House bid.
 
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Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Attorney General Eric Holder turns 65 years old today.
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NameProfessionAge
Jack NicklausGolfer76
Mac DavisSinger74
Jill EikenberryActress ("L.A. Law")69
Billy OceanR&B singer66
Gary LockeSecretary of commerce66
Robby BensonActor, director60
Geena DavisActress60
Hakeem OlajuwonBasketball Hall of Famer53
Emma BuntonSinger (Spice Girls)40
Opera singer Placido Domingo turns 75 years old today.
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