Today is the 21st day of 2021 and the 32nd winter day.
TODAY’S HISTORY: In 1793 King Louis XVI. Guillotine executed by France in Paris.
In 1861, Jefferson Davis resigned from the US Senate to lead the Confederation during the Civil War.
In 1977, President Jimmy Carter pardoned almost all of the runaways of the Vietnam War.
In 2003, the US Census Bureau reported that, for the first time, Hispanics (who could be of any race) were the largest minority in the United States.
TODAY BIRTHDAYS: Ethan Allen (1738–1789), writer / military leader; Christian Dior (1905–1957), fashion designer; Telly Savalas (1922–1994), actor; Wolfman Jack (1938-1995), disc jockey; Jack Nicklaus (1940-), golfer; Placido Domingo (1941-), opera singer; Paul Allen (1953-2018), co-founder of Microsoft; Geena Davis (1956-), actress; Hakeem Olajuwon (1963-), basketball player; Jam Master Jay (1965-2002), rapper; Ken Leung (1970-), actor; Cat Power (1972-), singer-songwriter; Luke Grimes (1984-), actor.
Today’s fact: The guillotine was not used for executions in France until 1977. The death penalty was abolished there in 1981.
TODAY SPORTS: In 1979 the Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Dallas Cowboys 35-31 in Super Bowl XIII and became the first NFL team to win three Super Bowls.
TODAY QUOTE: “In my experience, every failure contains the seeds of your next success – if you are ready to learn from it.” – Paul Allen, “Idea Man”
TODAY NUMBER: 9 – Price in shillings (approximately US $ 72 in modern American currency) of William Hill Brown’s “The Power of Sympathy: or The Triumph of Nature,” published that day in 1789. The work is widely regarded as the first American novel .
TODAY MOON: Between the first quarter moon (January 20th) and the full moon (January 28th).