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This Day in History: Jan. 21

This Day in History

1793: During the French Revolution , King Louis XVI is executed.
1949: Chiang Kai-shek resigns as president of China , as his Nationalist forces lose ground in their war with the Communists.
1950: Alger Hiss is convicted of perjury after denying that he had passed secret documents to Whittaker Chambers.
1954: The Nautilus , the first atomic-powered submarine , is launched at Groton, CT.
1976: The supersonic Concorde makes its first flight between Britain and France .
1977: Pres. Jimmy Carter pardons most Vietnam War draft evaders.

Today's Birthdays

1738: Ethan Allen, Revolutionary War hero (Litchfield, CT; died 1789)
1824: Stonewall Jackson, Confederate general (Clarksburg, VA; died 1863)
1884: Roger Baldwin, founder of the ACLU (Wellesley, MA; died 1981)
1885: General Umberto Nobile, aviator and aeronautical engineer (Lauro, near Salerno, Italy; died 1978)
1905: Christian Dior, fashion designer (Granville, France; died 1957)
1922: Paul Scofield, actor (Hurst, England)
1924: Telly Savalas, actor best known for his role on the television series "Kojak" (Garden City, NY; died 1994)
1925: Benny Hill, television comedian (Southampton, England; died 1992)
1938: Wolfman Jack, rock-and-roll disc jockey (New York, NY; died 1995)
1940: Jack Nicklaus, golfer (Columbus, OH)
1941: Placido Domingo, opera singer (Madrid, Spain)
1942: Mac Davis, singer/songwriter/actor (Lubbock, TX)
1947: Jill Eikenberry, actress (New Haven, CT)
1950: Billy Ocean, musician/songwriter (Fyzabad, Trinidad)
1956: Robby Benson, actor (Dallas, TX)
1957: Geena Davis, actress (Wareham, MA)
1963: Hakeem Olajuwon, basketball player (Lagos, Nigeria)

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