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Today In History - January 22
Guy Fieri
Guy Fieri

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Today in History in 1506  the first contingent of 150 Swiss Guards arrived at the Vatican; in 1946 the U.S. President sets up the CIA, Central Intelligence Agency; and in 1968 Guy Fieri,  future television personality, author, game show host, and chef was born.

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

  • 1506 - The first contingent of 150 Swiss Guards arrived at the Vatican.
  • 1575 - English Queen Elizabeth I grants Thomas Tallis & William Byrd music press monopoly
  • 1689 - Prince William of Orange (future King William III of Britain), summons Convention Parliament to discuss ruling jointly with his wife Mary (daughter of exiled King James II)
  • 1813 - Americans capture Frenchtown, Michigan Territory
  • 1814 - 1st Knights Templar grand encampment in US held, NYC
  • 1879 - Battle of Rorke's Drift: British garrison of 150 holds off 3,000-4,000 Zulu warriors. Eleven Victoria Crosses and a number of other decorations were awarded to the defenders.
  • 1905 - In St Petersburg, Russia, a large demonstration of workers led by Father Gapon, march to the Winter Palace with a petition to the Tsar; troops fire on protesters in what becomes known as 'Bloody Sunday'
  • 1946 – U.S. president sets up CIA, Central Intelligence Agency
  • 1963 - The Elysée treaty of cooperation between France and Germany was signed by Charles de Gaulle and Konrad Adenauer.
  • 1969 - Roy Campanella & Stan Musial elected to baseball Hall of Fame
  • 1970 - 1st commercial Boeing 747 flight, NY to London in 6½ hours
  • 1973 - George Foreman TKOs Joe Frazier in 2 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1973 - Roe vs Wade: US Supreme Court legalizes some abortions
  • 2006 - Kobe Bryant scores a career-high 81 points in a victory against the Toronto Raptors, the second most in NBA history in one single game
  • 2010 - Conan O'Brien's last Tonight Show episode after a big controversy over the Tonight Show timeslot.

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Famous Birthdays

  • 1440 - Ivan III, the Great, Grand Prince of Moscow and Russia (1462-1505)/conquered Lithuania
  • 1561 - Francis Bacon, Strand, statesman/essayist (Novum Organum), born in London, England (d. 1626)
  • 1788 - Lord [George Gordon Noel] Byron, England, romantic poet (Don Juan)
  • 1875 - D.W. Griffith, LaGrange, Kentucky, American film director/producer (Birth of a Nation, Intolerance)
  • 1904 - George Balanchine [Giorgi Balanchivadze], ballet composer/choreographer, (d. 1983), [OS=Jan 9]
  • 1934 - Bill Bixby, actor (Incredible Hulk, My Favorite Martian), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1965 - Diane Lane, American actress (The Perfect Storm, Lady Beware, Lonesome Dove), born in NYC, New York
  • 1968 – Guy Fieri, Television personality, author, game show host, and chef who became the face of the Food Network in 2010.

Famous Weddings

  • 1942 - Novelist Anthony Burgess (25) weds Llewela Jones
  • 1960 - Comedic actor Bob Denver (25) weds Maggie Ryan in California
  • 1985 - Zak Starkey (Ringo's son) marries Sarah Menikides
  • 2005 - Business magnate and "The Apprentice" host Donald Trump (56) weds former model Melania Knauss (34) at the Bethesda by the Sea Episcopal Church in Palm Beach, Florida
  • 2006 - Princess of Rock and Roll Lisa Marie Presley (37) weds American guitarist and producer Michael Lockwood (44) at Kyoto, Japan

Famous Deaths

  • 1779 - Claudius Smith, American Revolutionary War loyalist (b. 1736)
  • 1779 - Jeremiah Dixon, English surveyor and astronomer (b. 1733)
  • 1950 - Alan Hale, actor (Little John-Adv of Robin Hood), dies at 57
  • 1973 - Lyndon B. Johnson, 36th US President (1963-69), dies at his Texas ranch at 64
  • 1995 - Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, mother of pres JFK, RFK, & Ted, dies at 104
  • 2004 - Ann Miller, American actress and dancer (b. 1923)
  • 2008 - Heath Ledger, Australian actor (b. 1979)
  • 2010 - Jean Simmons, English-American actress (b. 1929)
  • 2012 - Joe Paterno, American College Hall of Fame football coach, dies from lung cancer at 85

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