January 21 Events in History - January 21 Birthdays - January 21 Deaths
2015 E-commerce company eBay announces that it will lay off 2,400 employees in advance of its plans to spin off its PayPal unit; the split is expected to take place in mid-2015
2014 Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announces plans to raise the price of gas to 17 cents from 6 cents; the country's annual gas subsidy's cost $12 billion, too much to bear when facing 50 percent inflation and dwindled cash reserves
2014 Expansion plans for the Panama Canal are paused so Grupo Unidos por el Canal, the group behind the project, can seek more funding for the $3.2 billion project
2013 Germany, France, and nine other countries within the EU await approval from EU Finance Ministers to institute the Tobin tax, a tax on financial transactions
2013 The Prime Minister of Luxembourg, Jean-Claude Juncker, loses his position as President of the Euro Group; he is unseated by Jeroen Dijsselbloem, Minister of Finance for the Netherlands
2012 Fears over bioterrorism cause top international virologists agree to halt work on a more virulent strain of H5N1 influenza virus
2011 In a referendum based on official figures, nearly 99% of South Sudanese voted for independence from the north
2011 Tunisians take part in a demonstration urging the interim government to step down
2010 Toyota announces recalls for approximately 5.2 million vehicles for a pedal entrapment and floor mat problem
1998 Pope John Paul II visits Cuba
1998 News of the Lewinsky/Clinton affair is published, President Clinton vigorously denies all allegations
1996 53th Golden Globes: Mel Gibson, Nicole Kidman, John Travolta
1996 Karrie Webb wins LPGA HealthSouth Inaugural Golf Tournament
1996 U.S. male Figure Skating championship won by Rudy Galindo
1995 52th Golden Globes: Forrest Gump, Tom Hanks, Jessica Lange
1994 Dow Jones passes 3900 (record 3,914.20)
1994 Lorena Bobbitt found temporarily insane of chopping off spouse's penis
1993 Johan Koss skates world record 5 km in 6:38.77
1993 Nigerian singer Fela Kuti arrested on suspicion of murder
1991 CBS News correspondant Bob Simon captured by Iraqis in Persian Gulf
1990 41st NHL All-Star Game: Wales beat Campbell 12-7 at Pittsburgh
1990 Bob Goodenow succeeds Alan Eagleson as NHL players association executive director
1990 John McEnroe becomes 1st ever expelled from Australian Open
1990 Patty Sheehan wins LPGA Jamaica Golf Classic
1989 Wayne Gretzky passes Marcel Dionne to become NHL's 2nd all time scorer
1988 U.S. accept immigration of 30,000 U.S. - Vietnamese children
1987 BB King donates his 7,000 record collection to the University of Mississippi
1986 100 participate in Nude Olympics race in 38 degrees F (3 degrees C), Indiana
1986 Allison J Brown, 17, of Oklahoma, crowned 4th Miss Teen USA
1986 Bomb attack in East-Beirut, 27 killed
1985 -19 degrees F (-28 degrees C), Caesar's Head, South Carolina (state record)
1985 -34 degrees F (-37 degrees C), Mount Mitchell, North Carolina (state record)
1985 Bomb attack on Borobudur temple in Java
1985 Dennis Potvin ties Bobby Orr's career record of 270 NHL goals
1984 U.S. male Figure Skating championship won by Scott Hamilton
1983 Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Anthony E Hecht
1983 Reagan certifies El Salvador human-rights abuses have decreased making country eligible for U.S. military aid
1982 "Little Me" opens at Eugene O'Neill Theater New York City for 36 performances
1982 New York Islanders begin then NHL record 15 game winning streak
1981 "Shakespeare's Cabaret" opens at Bijou Theater New York City for 54 performances
1981 Bernhard Goetz is assault for 1st time on a New York subway train
1980 Gold hits record $850 an ounce
1980 Les Henson, Virginia Tech, makes 89' 3" basketball field goal
1979 Neptune becomes outermost planet (Pluto moves closer)
1979 Price of gold increases to record $875 troy oz
1979 Superbowl XIII: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Dallas Cowboys, 35-31 in Miami Superbowl MVP: Terry Bradshaw, Pittsburgh, quarterback
1978 Bee Gees' "Saturday Night Fever" album goes #1 for 24 weeks
1977 Italy legalizes abortion
1977 President Jimmy Carter pardons almost all Vietnam War draft evaders
1976 Supersonic Concorde, 1st commercial flights, by Britain and France
1975 28th NHL All-Star Game: Wales beat Campbell 7-1 at Montreal
1974 Gold hits record $161.31/silver hits record $3.97 an ounce in London
1973 3rd NFL Pro Bowl: AFC beats NFC 33-28
1973 Leslie Nielson appears on M*A*S*H in "Ringbanger"
1972 Assam's North East Frontier Agency becomes Arunachal Pradesh terr
1972 Belgium government of Eyskens-Cools forms
1972 Manipur, Meghalaya and Tripura become separate states of Indian union
1972 Mizoram, formerly part of Assam, creates an Indian union territory
1971 "Alias Smith and Jones" premieres on ABC TV
1970 World's largest airplane, Boeing 747, makes 1st commercial flight
1970 Panama Boeing 747 1st flight NY-London
1969 22nd NHL All-Star Game: West beat East 3-3 at Montreal
1968 AFL Pro Bowl: East beats West 25-24
1968 NFL Pro Bowl: West beats East 38-20
1968 U.S. B-52 bomber with nuclear bomb crashes in Greenland
1967 AFL Pro Bowl: East beats West 30-23
1967 U.S. Female Figure Skating championship won by Peggy Fleming
1967 U.S. Male Figure Skating championship won by Gary Visconti
1966 Beatle George Harrison marries model Patti Boyd
1965 Persians premier Ali Mansoer injured
1964 Carl T. Rowan named director of U.S. Information Agency
1962 John F. Kennedy arrives in Uruguay
1962 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Sea Island Women's Golf Invitational
1962 Snow falls in San Francisco
1961 "Conquering Hero" closes at ANTA Theater New York City after 8 performances
1961 KIFI TV channel 8 in Idaho Falls, Idaho (NBC) begins broadcasting
1961 Portuguese rebels seize cruise ship Santa Maria
1960 Little Joe 4 suborbital Mercury test reaches 16 km
1960 Rock falls traps 437 at Coalbrook South Africa, 417 die of methane poisoning
1958 KMOT TV channel 10 in Minot, ND (NBC) begins broadcasting
1958 Phillies agree to televise 78 games into New York City (doesn't happen)
1957 KSAT TV channel 12 in San Antonio, Texas (ABC) begins broadcasting
1956 "Comedy in Music (Victor Borge)" closes at Golden New York City after 849 performances
1956 William Shawn succeeds Harold Ross as editor of New Yorker
1954 1st gas turbine automobile exhibited (New York City)
1953 John Foster Dulles appointed as Secretary of State
1952 Nehru's Congress party wins general election in India
1951 Babe Didrikson Zaharias wins LPGA Tampa Women's Golf Open
1950 "Lend an Ear" closes at National Theater New York City after 460 performances
1950 NY jury finds former State Department official Alger Hiss guilty of perjury
1950 T. S. Eliot's "Cocktail Party," premieres in New York City
1949 1st inaugural parade televised (Harry Truman)
1948 W Indies vs. England, Test debut Walcott, Weekes and Jim Laker
1947 "Sweethearts" opens at Shubert Theater New York City for 288 performances
1947 Arthur Honegger's 4th Symphony premieres in Basel
1946 "Nellie Bly" opens at Adelphi Theater New York City for 16 performances
1945 British troops land on Ramree, near coast of Burma
1944 447 German bombers attack London
1944 649 British bombers attack Magdeburg
1943 Soviet forces reconquer Worosjilowsk
1943 Soviet forces reconquer Gumrak airport near Stalingrad
1943 Vice-Admiral Cunningham appointed British adm of fleet
1942 Bronx magistrate rules all pinball machines illegal
1942 Count Basie records "One O'Clock Jump"
1942 Japanese air raid on Rabaul New Britain
1942 Tito's partisans occupy Foca
1941 1st anti-Jewish measures in Bulgaria
1941 1st commercial extraction of magnesium from seawater, Freeport, TX
1941 Australia and Britain attack Tobruk Libya
1941 British communist newspaper "Daily Worker" banned
1940 Foreign correspondents in Netherlands under censorship
1939 George Kaufman and Moss Hart's "American Way," premieres in New York City
1939 U.S. Female Figure Skating championship won by Joan Tozzer
1939 U.S. Male Figure Skating championship won by Robin Lee
1938 Dutch government starts obligatory unemployment insurance
1935 12.0" (30.5 cm) of rain falls, Quinault RS, Washington (state record)
1935 WFI-AM in Philadelphia Penn merges with WLIT as WFIL (now WEAZ)
1935 Wilderness Society forms
1932 U.S.S.R. and Finland stop non-attack treaty
1929 Robert Sherriff's "Journey's End," premieres in London
1927 1st national opera broadcast from a U.S. opera house (Faust, Chicago)
1926 Belgian parliament accepts Locarno treaties
1925 Albanian parliament announces itself a republic; Ahmed Zogoe president
1922 1st slalom ski race run, Murren, Switzerland
1919 Sinn Fein proclaims parliament of Free Ireland
1915 Kiwanis International founded in Detroit
1913 Aristide Briand forms French government
1910 British-Russian military intervention in Persia
1908 August Strindberg's "Spoksonaten," premieres in Stockholm
1908 New York City regulation makes it illegal for a woman to smoke in public
1907 Kenora Thistles sweep Mont Wanderers in 2 for Stanley Cup
1904 Leos Janacek's opera "Jenufa," premieres in Brno
1903 "Wizard of Oz," premieres in New York City
1903 Harry Houdini escapes police station Halvemaansteeg in Amsterdam
1903 International Theater (Majestic, Park) opens at 5 Columbus Circle New York City
1901 Clyde Fitch's "Climbers," premieres in New York City
1894 Oscar Fredriksen skates world record 500m in 47.8 sec
1890 1st issue of Propria Cures, Amsterdam student-weekly newspaper
1887 Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) forms
1880 1st U.S. sewage disposal system separate from storm drains, Memphis
1879 Henrik Ibsen's "Et Dukkehjem," premieres in Copenhagen
1874 Franz Grillparzer's "Libussa," premieres in Vienna
1863 City of Dublin leases part of Cattle Market for 100,000 years
1861 Jefferson Davis of Mississippi and 4 other southern senators resign
1853 Envelope-folding machine patented by Russell Hawes, Worcester, Mass
1846 1st edition of Charles Dickens' "Daily News"
1830 Portsmouth (Ohio) blacks forcibly deported
1827 Freedom Journal, 1st Black paper, begins publishing
1824 Ashantees defeat British at Accra, West Africa
1821 Paramaribo Suriname catches fire, 4 die
1818 Keats writes his poem "On a Lock of Milton's Hair"
1813 Pineapple introduced to Hawaii
1799 Edward Jenner's smallpox vaccination is introduced
1793 Prussia and Russia sign partition treaty (Poland divided)
1789 1st American novel, WH Brown's "Power of Sympathy," is published
1732 Russia and Persia sign Treaty of Riascha
1677 1st medical publication in America (pamphlet on smallpox), Boston
1664 Count Miklos of Zrinyi sets out to battle Turkish invasion army
1604 Tsar Ivan IV defeats False Dmitri, who claims to be the true tsar
1542 Parliament passes bill of attainder against Queen Katherine Howard
1522 Head inquisitor Adrian Florisz Boeyens elected pope
1324 Zen Buddhist religious debate between Tendai and Shingon
1276 Pierre de Tarantaise elected Pope Innocence V
1189 Philip II, Henry II and Richard Lion hearted initiate 3rd Crusade
1077 German King Heinrich IV petitions Pope Gregory VII for forgiveness