Today in History

Today is Friday, January 21, the 21st day of 2022. There are 344 days left in the year.

Today’s highlight in the story:

On January 21, 2010, a bitterly divided United States Supreme Court, in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, dramatically increased the power of big business and unions to influence government decisions by freeing them to spend their millions directly to influence presidential elections. and Congress.

To this date :

In 1793, during the French Revolution, King Louis XVI, condemned for treason, was executed by guillotine.

In 1910, the Great Paris Flood began when the Seine, swollen with rain, overflowed, sending water into the French capital.


In 1915, the first Kiwanis club, dedicated to community service, was founded in Detroit.

In 1924, Russian revolutionary Vladimir Lenin died at the age of 53.

In 1942, pinball machines were banned in New York after a court ruled they were gambling devices that relied on chance rather than skill (the ban was lifted in 1976) .

In 1950, former State Department official Alger Hiss, accused of being part of a communist spy ring, was convicted in New York of lying to a grand jury. (Hiss, who claimed his innocence, served less than four years in prison.)

In 1954, the first atomic submarine, the USS Nautilus, was launched from Groton (GRAH’-tuhn), Connecticut (however, the Nautilus did not make its first nuclear-powered run until almost a year later late).

In 1976, British Airways and Air France inaugurated scheduled passenger service on the Concorde supersonic jet.

In 1977, on his first full day in office, President Jimmy Carter pardoned nearly every Vietnam War dodger.

In 2003, the Census Bureau announced that Hispanics had overtaken blacks as America’s largest minority group.

In 2009, the Senate confirmed Hillary Rodham Clinton as Secretary of State.

In 2020, the United States reported its first known case of the novel virus circulating in China, saying a Washington state resident who had returned the previous week from the epicenter of the outbreak had been hospitalized near Seattle; US officials stressed that they believe the overall risk of the virus to the American public remains low.

Ten years ago: Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich won a shock victory in South Carolina’s Republican presidential primary, inflicting a sharp setback on Mitt Romney.

Five years ago: A day after Donald Trump’s inauguration, more than a million people gathered in women’s marches in the nation’s capital and in cities around the world to send the new president a categorical message that they would not leave his program unchallenged. The Southeast saw the start of an outbreak of tornadoes and severe thunderstorms over the weekend; sixteen people were killed in Georgia, four people died in Mississippi and one death was reported in Florida.

A year ago: On his first full day in office, President Joe Biden signed 10 executive orders aimed at combating the coronavirus pandemic, including one expanding the use of the Defense Production Act to expand vaccine production; he also signed an order making masks mandatory for travel, including at airports and on planes, ships, trains, buses and public transportation. After being largely sidelined in the final months of the Trump administration, Dr. Anthony Fauci has returned to the White House briefing room to provide an update on the pandemic. The United States said it would resume funding the World Health Organization; funding had been halted by the Trump administration.

Today’s birthdays: World Golf Hall of Famer Jack Nicklaus turns 82. Placido Domingo, opera singer and conductor, is 81 years old. Actor Jill Eikenberry is 75 years old. Country musician Jim Ibbotson is 75. Singer-songwriter Billy Ocean is 72 years old. Former US Ambassador to China Gary Locke is 72 years old. Former United States Attorney General Eric Holder is 71. Actor-director Robby Benson is 66 years old. Actor Geena Davis is 66 years old. Ross is 54 years old. Actor John Ducey is 53 years old. Actor Karina Lombard is 53 years old. Actor Ken Leung is 52 years old. Rock musician Mark Trojanowski (Sister Hazel) is 52 years old. Rock singer-songwriter Cat Power turns 50. Rock DJ Chris Kilmore (Incubus) is 49. Actor Vincent Laresca is 48. Singer Emma Bunton (Spice Girls) is 46 years old. Actor Jerry Trainor is 45 years old. Country singer Phil Stacey is 44 years old. R&B singer Nokio is 43 years old. Actor Izabella Miko (MEE’-koh) is 41 years old. Luke Grimes is 38 years old. Actor Feliz Ramirez is 30 years old.

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