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What Happened On This Day In History?
Saturday, January 21th 2017
Today is the 21st day of 2017. There are 344 days left in this year.
Chippewa, Delaware, Ottawa, and Wyandot Indians signed the treaty of Fort McIntosh, ceding present-day Ohio to the United States.
The future president of the Confederacy, Jefferson Davis of Mississippi, and four other Southerners resigned from the U.S. Senate.
New York City's Board of Aldermen passed an ordinance that effectively prohibited women from smoking in public. The measure was vetoed by Mayor George B. McClellan Jr.
The first Kiwanis Club was founded, in Detroit.
Count Basie and His Orchestra recorded "One O'Clock Jump" in New York City for Okeh Records.
A federal jury in New York City found former State Department official Alger Hiss guilty of perjury.
The first nuclear-powered submarine, the USS Nautilus, is launched by the United States at Groton, Connecticut. It is also the largest submarine, at 97 m (319 ft) long.
The supersonic Concorde jet was put into service by Britain and France.
President Carter pardoned almost all Vietnam War draft evaders.
The 52 American hostages held at the US embassy in Tehran for more than 14 months arrive in West Germany on their way home to the United States.
A jury in Manassas, Va., acquitted Lorena Bobbitt by reason of temporary insanity of maliciously wounding her husband, John, whom she'd accused of sexually assaulting her.
Speaker Newt Gingrich was fined as the House voted for first time in history to discipline its leader for ethical misconduct.
Pope John Paul II began his first visit to Cuba.
President Bill Clinton angrily denied reports he'd had an affair with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky and had tried to get her to lie about it.
Former Sen. Dale Bumpers, an Arkansas Democrat, told the Senate impeachment trial of Bill Clinton the president was guilty of a "terrible moral lapse" but not of conduct warranting or even permitting his removal from office.
The grandmothers of Elian Gonzalez traveled to the United States to plead forthe boy's return to Cuba.
The U.S. Census Bureau announced that Hispanics had surpassed blacks as America's largest minority group.
Ethan Allen, American soldier, frontiersman, patriot of the American Revolution.
John Fremont, American mapmaker.
Stonewall (Thomas) Jackson, famous Confederate General of the Civil War.
Roger Nash Baldwin, American founder of the American Civil Liberties Union.
Christian Dior, French couturier.
Benny Hill, British comedian.
Telly Savalas, American Emmy Award-winning actor.
Jack Nicklaus, American golf champion.
Plácido Domingo, Spanish operatic tenor.
Geena Davis, American film actress.
King Louis XVI executed by guillotine in the Place de la Revolution in Paris, one day after being convicted of conspiracy with foreign powers and sentenced to death by the French National Convention.
Russian revolutionary Vladimir Ilyich Lenin died at age 54.
George Orwell (pseudonym for Eric Arthur Blair), Indian-born British novelist and essayist author of "1984," died in London.
Cecil B. de Mille, American film maker.
"Colonel" Tom Parker (born Andreas Cornelius van Kuijk), manager of Elvis Presley.
Actor Jack Lord of "Hawaii Five-O" fame died in Honolulu at age 77.
Peggy Lee (born Norma Dolores Engstrom), popular singer, songwriter, and film actress.