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Sunday, January 22th 2017

Today is the 22nd day of 2017.  There are 343 days left in this year.

What Happened On This Day In History?

1689 England's "Bloodless Revolution" reached its climax when parliament invited William and Mary to become joint sovereigns.
1771 The Falkland Islands were ceded to Great Britain by Spain.
1807 President Thomas Jefferson exposed a plot by Aaron Burr to form a new republic in the Southwest.
1840 The first British colonists to New Zealand arrived at Port Nicholson on Auckland Island.
1905 On this day, which became known as Bloody Sunday, members of the Russian Imperial Guard massacred more than 100 peaceful demonstrators outside the Winter Palace.
1917 President Wilson pleaded for an end to war in Europe, calling for "peace without victory." By April, however, America was also at war.
1938 Thornton Wilder's play "Our Town" was performed publicly for the first time, in Princeton, N.J.
1943 In the first land victory over the Japanese in World War II, the Allies took New Guinea.
1944 Allied forces began landing at Anzio, Italy, during World War II.
1953 The Arthur Miller drama "The Crucible" opened on Broadway.
1957 Suspected "Mad Bomber" George P. Metesky, accused of planting more than 30 explosive devices in the New York City area, was arrested in Waterbury, Conn.
1968 The comedy show "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In" premiered on NBC.
1970 The first regularly scheduled commercial flight of the Boeing 747 began in New York City and ended in London some 6 1/2 hours later.
1972 The United Kingdom, the Irish Republic, and Denmark joined the Common Market.
1973 In its Roe vs. Wade decision, the Supreme Court legalized abortions, using a trimester approach.
1973 American boxer George Foreman knocked out Joe Frazier in Kingston, Jamaica, becoming the world heavyweight boxing champion.
1980 One of the Soviet Union's most outspoken critics, nuclear physicist Dr Andrei Sakharov, is sent into internal exile for his outspoken views.
1996 A mass grave containing nearly 3,000 Muslim and Croat victims of Serb ethnic cleansing was discovered near the Bosnian town of Brcko.
1997 The Senate confirmed Madeleine Albright as the nation's first female secretary of state.
1998 Theodore Kaczynski pleaded guilty in Sacramento, Calif., to being the Unabomber in return for a sentence of life in prison without parole.
1999 Sen. Robert C. Byrd, D-WVa, abruptly called for dismissal of charges against President Clinton to "end this sad and sorry time for our country."
2000 Elian Gonzalez's grandmothers met privately with U.S. Attorney General JanetReno as they appealed for help in removing the boy from his Florida relativesand reuniting him with his father in Cuba.
2006 Evo Morales is inaugurated as President of Bolivia.

Born on this day

1440 Ivan III (Ivan the Great), grand prince of Moscow.
1561 Francis Bacon, English philosopher, writer.
1788 Lord Byron (George Gordon Byron), British poet.
1875 David (D.W.) Griffith, American film producer, director.
1890 Frederick Moore Vinson, American political leader and jurist.
1904 George Balanchine (Georgi Balanchivadze), Russian-born choreographer, founder of New York City Ballet and School of American Ballet.
1909 U Thant, statesman from Burma/Myanmar, United Nations Secretary-General (1961-1971).
1931 Sam Cooke, American soul singer and songwriter.
1937 Joseph Wambaugh, American author.
1959 Linda Blair, actor.

Died on this day

1666 Shah Jahan, Mughal emperor of India (1628-1658) who built the Taj Mahal, dies in Agra, India, at age 74.
1901 Britain's Queen Victoria died at age 82.
1922 Pope Benedict XV died; he was succeeded by Pius XI.
1973 Former President Johnson died at age 64.
1973 Lyndon Baines Johnson, 36th President of the United States of America dies at age 64.
1994 Telly Savalas, American film and television actor, died in Universal City, Calif., a day after turning 70.
1995 Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy died at the family compound in Hyannis Port, Mass., at age 104.
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