On Sunday I turn 22.

Since I won’t be around on Sunday to post this (the joys of still having 56K at home, which is practically unusable), I’ll get this off my back now. As per tradition, here’s “On This Day” for January 21.


1785 – Chippewa, Delaware, Ottawa, and Wyandot Indians signed the treaty of Fort McIntosh, ceding present-day Ohio to the United States.
1861 – The future president of the Confederacy, Jefferson Davis of Mississippi, and four other Southerners resigned from the U.S. Senate.
1908 – New York City prohibited women from smoking in public.
1950 – Former State Department official Alger Hiss, accused of being part of a Communist spy ring, was found guilty of lying to a grand jury.
1954 – The USS Nautilus, the first nuclear-powered submarine, was launched at Groton, Connecticut.
1976 – The first supersonic Concordes with commercial passengers simultaneously took off from London’s Heathrow and the Paris Orly airports.
1977 – President Jimmy Carter pardoned almost all Vietnam War draft evaders.
1998 – President Bill Clinton angrily denied reports he’d had an affair with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky and had tried to get her to lie about it.
2003 – The U.S. Census Bureau announced that Hispanics had surpassed blacks as America’s largest minority group.


1738 – Ethan Allen, American soldier, frontiersman.
1813 – John Fremont, American mapmaker.
1824 – Stonewall (Thomas) Jackson, famous Confederate General of the Civil War.
1884 – Roger Nash Baldwin, American founder of the American Civil Liberties Union.
1905 – Christian Dior, French fashion designer.
1925 – Benny Hill, British comedian.
1927 – Telly Savalas, American Emmy Award-winning actor.
1940 – Jack Nicklaus, American golf champion.
1941 – Placido Domingo, Spanish operatic tenor.
1957 – Geena Davis, American film actress.


1793 – King Louis XVI executed by guillotine in the Place de la Revolution in Paris, one day after being convicted of conspiracy with foreign powers and sentenced to death by the French National Convention.
1950 – George Orwell (pseudonym for Eric Arthur Blair), Indian-born British novelist and essayist.
1959 – Cecil B. de Mille, American film maker.
1997 – “Colonel” Tom Parker (born Andreas Cornelius van Kuijk), manager of Elvis Presley.
2002 – Peggy Lee (born Norma Dolores Engstrom), popular singer, songwriter, and film actress.

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