Monday, January 21, 2008

Today in History: January 21

  • 1793 The French Convention guillotines King Louis XVI.
  • 1799 Edward Jenner introduces smallpox vaccination.
  • 1924 Vladimir Lenin dies; Joseph Stalin begins murdering rivals.
  • 1950 Communist agent, and high-level advisor to both Roosevelt and Truman, Alger Hiss is convicted of perjury.
  • 1970 First wide-body jet, Boeing 747, flew commercially.
  • 1977 President Jimmy Carter pardons Vietnam War draft dodgers.
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