by Bob Fields

On January 22:


Ivan the Great (Image Credit: Wikipedia)

Francis Bacon (Image Credit: WikiTree)

Lord Byron (Image Credit: WikiTree)











1440 - Ivan III “the Great” of Russia*, who tripled the territory of his state, renovated the Kremlin, and laid the foundations of the modern Russian state (d. 1505)
1561 – Sir Francis Bacon, English philosopher, Attorney General, and Lord Chancellor of England, the father of empiricism (d. 1626).
1645 - William Kidd, Scottish sailor and pirate hunter (d. 1701).
1788 - Lord Byron, English poet and playwright (d. 1824) (“She Walks in Beauty“).
1875 - D. W. Griffith, American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1948) (Birth of a Nation).
1892 - Marcel Dassault*, French aircraft industrialist, founded Dassault Aviation, who refused to collaborate with the Nazis and was imprisoned at Buchenwald (d. 1986).
1909 - U Thant*, Burmese educator and diplomat, 3rd United Nations Secretary-General (d. 1974).
1934 - Bill Bixby, American actor and director (d. 1993) (My Favorite MartianThe Courtship of Eddie’s FatherThe Incredible Hulk).
1959 - Linda Blair*, American actress and producer (The Exorcist).
1965 - Diane Lane, American actress (Unfaithful).


Queen Victoria (Image Credit: WikiTree)

Lyndon B Johnson (Image Credit: WikiTree)

Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy (Image Credit: WikiTree)









1552 - Edward Seymour, 1st Duke of Somerset, English general and politician, Lord Protector of England during the minority of his nephew, King Edward VI  (b. 1500).
1901 - Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom (b. 1819).
1917 - Emma Miller, Australian trade union organizer, suffragist, Women’s rights activist, labor activist and key figure in organizations which led to the founding of the Australian Labor Party (b. 1839).
1922 – Pope Benedict XV (b. 1854), Pope 1914-22 during WW1.
1973 - Lyndon B. Johnson, American Senator, 36th US President (b. 1908).
1994 - Telly Savalas*, American actor (b. 1924) (Birdman of AlcatrazKojak).
1995 - Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, American philanthropist and Vatican Countess. Mother of nine including President John Kennedy, Senator Bobby Kennedy, and Senator Ted Kennedy (b. 1890).
2008 - Heath Ledger, Australian actor and director, from a drug overdose (b. 1979) (Brokeback MountainThe Dark Knight).

Other Events:

Swiss Guard (Image Credit: Wikipedia)

Bloody Sunday (Image Credit: Wikipedia)

Roe vs Wade (Image Credit: Wikipedia)











1506 – The first contingent of 150 Swiss Guards arrives at the Vatican.
1905 - Bloody Sunday in Saint Petersburg, Russia: unarmed demonstrators are fired upon by the Imperial Guard as they marched to present a petition to Tsar Nicholas II of Russia. Beginning of the 1905 revolution.
1944 – World War II: The Allies commence an assault on Anzio, Italy.
1946 – Creation of the US Central Intelligence Agency.
1973 – The US Supreme Court delivers its decision in Roe v. Wade, legalizing elective abortion in all fifty states.

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by Bob Fields

On January 21:

Ethan Allen (Image Credit: WikiTree)

John C. Fremont (Image Credit: WikiTree)

Stonewall Jackson (Image Credit: WikiTree)









1738 - Ethan Allen, American Revolution general (d. 1789) (Green Mountain Boys).
1813 - John C. Frémont, American general, explorer, and politician, 5th Territorial Governor of Arizona, the first Presidential candidate of the anti-slavery Republican Party (d. 1890).
1824 - Stonewall Jackson, American Confederate general (d. 1863) (Chancellorsville).
1867 - Maxime Weygand*, Belgian-French general, one of the commanders who accepted the WW1 German surrender, only to advise surrender to the Germans early in World War II (d. 1965).
1905 - Christian Dior, French fashion designer, founded Christian Dior S.A. (d. 1957).
1918 - Richard Winters*, American WW2 soldier (d. 2011) (101st Airborne DivisionBand of Brothers).
1940 - Jack Nicklaus, American golfer and sportscaster.
1951 - Eric Holder*, American lawyer, judge, and politician, the first African-American US Attorney General, the only cabinet member in history to be held in contempt of Congress.
1953 - Paul Allen*, American businessman and philanthropist, co-founded Microsoft.
1956 - Geena Davis, American actress and producer (The Accidental TouristThelma and Louise).


Louis XVI Execution (Image Credit:Wikipedia)

Vladimir Lenin (Image Credit: WikiTree)

George Orwell (Image Credit: Wikipedia)









1793 - Louis XVI of France is executed by guillotine during the French Revolution (b. 1754).
1924 - Vladimir Lenin, Russian Marxist revolutionary and initial head of the Soviet Union (b. 1870).
1926 - Camillo Golgi, Italian physician and pathologist, Nobel Prize laureate, recognized as the greatest neuroscientist and biologist of his time (b. 1843).
1950 - George Orwell, British novelist, essayist, and critic (b. 1903) (Nineteen Eighty-FourAnimal Farm).
1959 - Cecil B. DeMille, American director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1881) (The Ten Commandments).
1959 - Carl ‘Alfalfa’ Switzer, American actor, shot by an acquaintance in a money dispute (b. 1927) (Our Gang).
1998 - Jack Lord*, American actor, director, and producer (b. 1920) (Steve McGarrett in Hawaii Five-O).

Other Events:

Nauitlus (Image Credit:Wikipedia)

Khe Sanh (Image Credit: Wikipedia)

Concorde (Image Credit: Wikipedia)







1950 – American spy and government official Alger Hiss is convicted of perjury.
1954 – The first nuclear-powered submarine, the USS Nautilus, is launched in Groton, Connecticut.
1968 – Vietnam War: Battle of Khe Sanh: One of the most publicized and controversial battles of the war begins. The siege is lifted 6 months later, and the base is then abandoned.
1976 - The supersonic Concorde jet was put into service by Britain and France.
1977 - U.S. President Jimmy Carter grants an unconditional pardon to 569,000 men who dodged the draft during the Vietnam War.

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