Saturday, January 21, 2012

21st of January

It is the 21st day of the year and there are only 344 days remaining.

1525 - The Swiss Anabaptist Movement is founded when Conrad Grebel, Felix Manz, George Blaurock, and about a dozen others baptize each other in the home of Manz's mother in Zurich.  This breaks a thousand-year tradition of church-state union.

1793 - After being found guilty of treason by the French Convention, Louis XVI is executed by guillotine.

1861 - Jefferson Davis resigns from the United States Senate.

1899 - Opel manufactures its first automobile.

1911 - The first Monte Carlo Rally takes place.

1950 - Alger Hiss is convicted of perjury.

1954 - The first nuclear-powered submarine, the USS Nautilus, is launched in Groton, Connecticut by Mamie Eisenhower, First Lady of the United States.

1960 - Little Joe 1B, a Mercury spacecraft, lifts off from Wallops Island, Virginia with Miss Sam, a female rhesus monkey on board.

1968 - The Battle of Khe Sanh begins, as one of the most publicized and controversial battles of the Vietnam War.

1968 - A B-52 bomber crashes near Thule Air Base, contaminating the area after its nuclear payload ruptures.  One of the four bombs remains unaccounted for after the cleanup operation is complete.

1977 - President Jimmy Carter pardons nearly all American Vietnam Wat draft evaders.

1981 - Production of the iconic DeLorean DMC-12 sports car begins in Dunmurry, Northern Ireland.

1997 - Newt Gingrich becomes the first leader of the United States House of Representatives to be internally disciplined for ethical misconduct.

1999 - In one of the largest drug busts in American history, the United States Coast Guard intercepts a ship with over 4,300 kilograms or 9,500 pounds of cocaine on board.

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