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1/21/2023 12:01:00 AM
Today In History - January 21

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Today in History in 1793 Louis XVI of France was executed by the guillotine in Paris; in 1903 the “Wizard of Oz” premiered in New York City; and in 1978 the Bee Gees’ “Saturday Night Fever” album went to #1 and stayed there for 24 weeks.

Our on this day in history archives contain over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:

Historical Events

  • 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.
  • 1793 - Louis XVI of France is executed by the guillotine in Paris, following his conviction for high treason.
  • 1861 - Jefferson Davis of Mississippi and four other southern senators resign (U.S. Civil War)
  • 1903 - "Wizard of Oz" premieres in NYC
  • 1968 - Vietnam War: Battle of Khe Sanh - One of the most publicized and controversial battles of the war begins.
  • 1977 - US President Jimmy Carter pardons almost all Vietnam War draft evaders
  • 1978 - Bee Gees' "Saturday Night Fever" album goes #1 for 24 weeks
  • 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%.

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Famous Birthdays

  • 1824 - Thomas Jackson ["Stonewall"], Clarksburg, Virginia, Lt Gen 2nd Corps (ANV, Confed), (d. 1863)
  • 1905 - Christian Dior, Normandy France, fashion designer (New Look)
  • 1940 - Jack Nicklaus, Columbus Ohio, golfer (Player of Yr 1967,72,73,75,76)
  • 1942 - Mac Davis, Lubbock, Texas, American country music singer-songwriter, actor (Mac Davis Show, North Dallas 40)
  • 1950 - Billy Ocean, [Leslie S Charles], Trinidad, singer (Caribbean Queen)
  • 1950 - Billy Ocean, [Leslie S Charles], Trinidad, singer (Caribbean Queen)
  • 1976 - Emma Lee Bunton, "Baby Spice", Finchley vocalist (Spice Girls), born in London, England

Famous Weddings

  • 1966 - Beatle George Harrison marries model Patti Boyd
  • 1975 - Actress Zsa Zsa Gabor (57) weds toy inventor Jack Ryan (48) (div. 1976)
  • 1989 - "Falcon Crest" actor Lorenzo Lamas (31) weds actress Kathleen Kinmont (23) at the Graceland Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas

Famous Divorces

  • 2011 - Actress Jaime Pressly (35) divorces entertainment lawyer Simran Singh (33) due to irreconcilable differences after more than 1 year of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • 1926 - Camillo Golgi, Italian physician and medical researcher (Nobel Prize in Medicine-1906), dies at 81
  • 1950 - George Orwell, author (Animal Farm, 1984), dies in London at 46
  • 1959 - Cecil B[lount] de Mille, producer (10 Commandments), dies at 77
  • 1985 - James Beard, American chef and author (b. 1903)
  • 1997 - Colonel Tom Parker, manager (Elvis Presley), dies at 87
  • 1998 - Jack Lord, American actor (b. 1920)
  • 1999 - Susan Strasberg, American actress (b. 1938)
  • 2002 - Peggy Lee, American singer (b. 1920)

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