Today in History - January 21st

  • 1789 - On this day in history, W.H. Brown's "Power of Sympathy" was published, becoming the first American novel to be published.
  • 1793 - During the French Revolution, King Louis XVI was executed on the guillotine.
  • 1846 - Today in history, the first issue of the "Daily News," edited by Charles Dickens, was published. 
  • 1915 - The first Kiwanis club was formed in Detroit.
  • 1924 - On this day in history, Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin died.
  • 1954 - The Nautilus was launched in Connecticut, as the first atomic-powered submarine.
  • 1970 - Today in history, Pan Am's Boeing 747 made its first commercial flight from New York to London. 
  • 1977 - President Carter pardoned almost all Vietnam War draft evaders.
  • 1997 - On this day in history, Newt Gingrich was fined for ethical misconduct. 
  • 1998 - A former White House intern said on tape that she had an affair with President Bill Clinton.
  • 1999 - Today in history, the Coast Guard intercepted a ship headed for TX that had 9,500 pounds of cocaine aboard.
  • 2003 - It was announced by the Census Bureau the Hispanic population had passed the black population for the first time.

SCIENCE, DISCOVERIES, PATENTS - Today in History, January 21st

  • 1853 - On this day in history, Dr. Russell L. Hawes patented the envelope folding machine. 
  • 1865 - An oil well was drilled by torpedoes for the first time. 
  • 1954 - Today in history, the gas turbine automobile was introduced.
  • 1976 - The French Concorde aircraft began commercial service for Air France and British Airways. 

SPORTS - Today in History, January 21st

  • 1911 - On this day in history, the first Monte Carlo car rally was held.

MUSIC HISTORY - Today in History, January 21st

  • 1927 - The first opera broadcast over a national radio network was presented in Chicago, Illinois:"Faust." 
  • 1957 - Today in history, filming began on Elvis Presley's second movie, "Loving You." 
  • 1965 - The Byrds recorded "Mr. Tambourine Man." 
  • 1982 - On this day in history, B.B. King donated his entire record collection to the University of Mississippi's Center for the Study of Southern Culture.
  • 1987 - Aretha Franklin was inducted into the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame. 
  • 1998 - Today in history, James Brown was released from a facility where he had been treated for an addiction to painkillers.


  • Stonewall Jackson 1824 
  • Christian Dior 1905 
  • Richie Havens 1941 
  • Placido Domingo 1941
  • Geena Davis 1957