On this day January 17-23, 2021 (week 03)
January 17, 2021 - January 23, 2021 - Graphics show birthdays and anniversaries for each day of the week. This week features Operation Desert Storm, British pirate Henry Morgan, Indira Gandhi, U.S. President, John F. Kennedy, Concorde and the Mogul Emperor of India who built the Taj Mahal.
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January 17, 1991: The U.S. and allies launched Operation Desert Storm to liberate Kuwait from Iraqi occupation. The aerial and naval bombardment continued for five weeks
January 18, 1671: Swashbuckling British pirate Henry Morgan defeated the Spanish at Panama and proceeded to sack the city, leaving with 175 mule-loads of booty
January 19, 1966: Indira Gandhi was elected as India’s first woman prime minister. She succeeded Lal Shastri, who had in turn succeeded Gandhi’s father, Jawaharlal Nehru
January 20, 1961: At his inauguration as the 35th U.S. President, John F. Kennedy declared, “Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country”
January 21, 1976: Supersonic passenger travel began as the first scheduled flights on Concorde took off simultaneously from Paris to Rio de Janeiro and London to Bahrain
January 22, 1666: Shah Jehan, the Mogul Emperor of India who built the Taj Mahal as a tomb for his beloved wife, died in Agra Fort where his son had imprisoned him for eight years
January 23, 2020: Wuhan and other Chinese cities were placed under quarantine as a new strain of coronavirus spread widely. More than 80 people had died as infections soared