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This Day In History: Jan. 21

Today is the 21st day of 2008 and the 31st day of winter.

TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1793, King Louis XVI of France went to the guillotine in Paris. In 1861, Jefferson Davis resigned from the U.S. senate. In 1977, President Jimmy Carter pardoned nearly all Vietnam War draft evaders. In 2003, the U.S. Census Bureau reported that Hispanics had surpassed Blacks as the largest minority group in the U.S.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Stonewall Jackson (1824-1863); soldier; Christian Dior (1905-57), fashion designer; Telly Savalas (1924-1994), actor; Jack Nicklaus (1940- ), golfer, is 68; Placido Domingo (1941- ), opera singer, is 67; Geena Davis (1956- ), actress, is 52.

TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1979, the Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Dallas Cowboys, 35-31, in Super Bowl XIII to become the first NFL team to win three Super Bowls.

TODAY'S QUOTE: "Governments rest on the consent of the governed, and that it is the right of the people to alter or abolish them at will whenever they become destructive of the ends for which they were established." - Jefferson Davis

TODAY'S FACT: Though it was primarily in use during the French Revolution, the guillotine was used for executions in France as recently as 1977; the death penalty was abolished there in 1981.

TODAY'S NUMBER: 44.3 million - estimated Hispanic population of the U.S. as of July 1, 2006.

TODAY'S MOON: Between first quarter (January 15) and full moon (January 22).


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