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21 Jan
1936
In Britain, King Edward VIII was proclaimed king following the death of his father King George V. He remained king until December 1936 when he abdicated and was succeeded by George…In Britain, King Edward VIII was proclaimed king following the death of his father King George V. He remained king until December 1936 when he abdicated and was succeeded by George VI
83 years ago
21 Jan
1932
Lytton Giles Strachey, British biographer, critic and member of the Bloomsbury Group, diedLytton Giles Strachey, British biographer, critic and member of the Bloomsbury Group, died
87 years ago
21 Jan
1930
The Buck Rogers comic strip was first published in the United StatesThe Buck Rogers comic strip was first published in the United States
89 years ago
21 Jan
1927
Act three of Gounod's Faust was broadcast from the Chicago Civic Opera, becoming the first opera to be broadcast over a national network in the United StatesAct three of Gounod's Faust was broadcast from the Chicago Civic Opera, becoming the first opera to be broadcast over a national network in the United States
92 years ago
21 Jan
1924
Soviet leader Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, who led the Bolsheviks to victory in the 1917 October Revolution, died of a brain haemorrhageSoviet leader Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, who led the Bolsheviks to victory in the 1917 October Revolution, died of a brain haemorrhage
95 years ago
21 Jan
1919
Sinn Fein MPs proclaimed an Irish Republic with Eamon de Valera as president, as the Irish Republican Army attacked British authorities in IrelandSinn Fein MPs proclaimed an Irish Republic with Eamon de Valera as president, as the Irish Republican Army attacked British authorities in Ireland
100 years ago
21 Jan
1911
A motor racing tradition was born as the first Monte Carlo Rally beganA motor racing tradition was born as the first Monte Carlo Rally began
108 years ago
21 Jan
1908
A New York City law made it illegal for women to smoke in public. The offence was punishable by a fine of up to $25.00 and up to ten days imprisonmentA New York City law made it illegal for women to smoke in public. The offence was punishable by a fine of up to $25.00 and up to ten days imprisonment
111 years ago
21 Jan
1907
Taxi cabs were officially recognised in BritainTaxi cabs were officially recognised in Britain
112 years ago
21 Jan
1905
French fashion designer Christian Dior, who helped revolutionise clothing after World War Two, was bornFrench fashion designer Christian Dior, who helped revolutionise clothing after World War Two, was born
114 years ago
21 Jan
1901
Elisha Gray, U.S. inventor who contested the first patent for the telephone with Alexander Graham Bell, diedElisha Gray, U.S. inventor who contested the first patent for the telephone with Alexander Graham Bell, died
118 years ago
21 Jan
1899
Lord Kitchener of Britain was appointed governor-general of SudanLord Kitchener of Britain was appointed governor-general of Sudan
120 years ago
21 Jan
1861
Jefferson Davis of Mississippi and four other Southerners resigned from the U.S. SenateJefferson Davis of Mississippi and four other Southerners resigned from the U.S. Senate
158 years ago
21 Jan
1846
The first edition of the Daily News, edited by Charles Dickens, was published in LondonThe first edition of the Daily News, edited by Charles Dickens, was published in London
173 years ago
21 Jan
1829
Oscar II, king of Norway and Sweden, born; unable to maintain the union of Norway and Sweden, he surrendered the former crown to Prince Carl of DenmarkOscar II, king of Norway and Sweden, born; unable to maintain the union of Norway and Sweden, he surrendered the former crown to Prince Carl of Denmark
190 years ago
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21 Jan
1824
Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson, U.S. confederate general, born. After repulsing Joseph Hooker at Chancellorsville, Jackson's reconnaissance party was accidentally…Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson, U.S. confederate general, born. After repulsing Joseph Hooker at Chancellorsville, Jackson's reconnaissance party was accidentally fired on by his own troops and he died soon after
195 years ago
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21 Jan
1793
Louis XVI, the last Bourbon king of France, was beheaded on the guillotine. An ineffectual ruler, he was overthrown in the French Revolution, tried for treason and condemned to…Louis XVI, the last Bourbon king of France, was beheaded on the guillotine. An ineffectual ruler, he was overthrown in the French Revolution, tried for treason and condemned to death. His wife, Marie-Antoinette, met the same fate in October
226 years ago
21 Jan
1790
French physician Joseph Guillotin proposed a new, more humane method of execution: a machine designed to cut off the condemned person’s head as painlessly as possibleFrench physician Joseph Guillotin proposed a new, more humane method of execution: a machine designed to cut off the condemned person’s head as painlessly as possible
229 years ago
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21 Jan
1781
In America, the Department of Foreign Affairs of the Continental Government appointed the first consular officer. Thomas Barclay took up his post as vice-consul in Paris at a…In America, the Department of Foreign Affairs of the Continental Government appointed the first consular officer. Thomas Barclay took up his post as vice-consul in Paris at a salary of $1,000
238 years ago
21 Jan
1648
Margaret Brent, the first woman lawyer in the American colonies, was denied the right to vote. A wealthy land-owner, she challenged a poll that had been conducted in her absenceMargaret Brent, the first woman lawyer in the American colonies, was denied the right to vote. A wealthy land-owner, she challenged a poll that had been conducted in her absence
371 years ago
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21 Jan
1519
Spanish explorer Vasco Nunez de Balboa was beheaded for treason in Panama. In 1509 Balboa had founded the colony of Darien in Panama, the oldest still-existing European settlement…Spanish explorer Vasco Nunez de Balboa was beheaded for treason in Panama. In 1509 Balboa had founded the colony of Darien in Panama, the oldest still-existing European settlement on the mainland of the Americas
500 years ago
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