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Saturday January 21 2017

Historical events of January 21

1993Congressman Mike Espy of Mississippi is confirmed as Secretary of the Department of Agriculture.
1977President Carter urges 65 degrees as the maximum heat in homes to ease the energy crisis.
1976Leonid Brezhnev and Henry Kissinger meet to discuss Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty (SALT).
1974The U.S. Supreme Court decides that pregnant teachers can no longer be forced to take long leaves of absence.
1968In Vietnam, the Siege of Khe Sanh begins as North Vietnamese units surround U.S. Marines based on the hilltop headquarters.
1964Carl T. Rowan is named the director of the United States Information Agency (USIA).
1958The Soviet Union calls for a ban on nuclear arms in Baghdad Pact countries.
1951Communist troops force the UN army out of Inchon, Korea after a 12-hour attack.
1943A Nazi daylight air raid kills 34 in a London school. When the anticipated invasion of Britain failed to materialize in 1940, Londoners relaxed, but soon they faced a frightening new threat.
1942In North Africa, German Field Marshal Erwin Rommel launches a drive to push the British eastward. While the British benefited from radio-intercept-derived Ultra information, the Germans enjoyed an even speedier intelligence source.
1941The United States lifts the ban on arms to the Soviet Union.
1933The League of Nations rejects Japanese terms for settlement with China.
1930An international arms control meeting opens in London.
1925Benny Hill, British comedian.
1921J.D. Rockefeller pledges $1 million for the relief of Europe's destitute.
1919The German Krupp plant begins producing guns under the U.S. armistice terms.
1910Japan rejects the American proposal to neutralize ownership of the Manchurian Railway.
1824Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson, Confederate General.
1793The French King Louis XVI is guillotined for treason.
1790Joseph Guillotine proposes a new, more humane method of execution
1785Chippewa, Delaware, Ottawa and Wyandot Indians sign the treaty of Fort McIntosh, ceding present-day Ohio to the United States.
1737Ethan Allen, American Revolutionary commander.
1648In Maryland, the first woman lawyer in the colonies, Margaret Brent, is denied a vote in the Maryland Assembly.
1189Philip Augustus, Henry II of England and Frederick Barbarossa assemble the troops for the Third Crusade.
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