Louis XVI of France was executed 21-January-1793.
Vladimir Ilych Lenin, first leader and principal architect of the Soviet Union, died 21-January-1924.
History.com tells us that Alger Hiss was convicted as a spy of the Soviet Union on 21-January-1950. For you kids, check out the Wikipedia article — this case was controversial my entire life.
Further depressing anniversary from History.com. On 21-January-1916:
The National Board of Review, founded in 1909 as the National Board of Censorship, agrees it will not accept nudity in films. The board, a volunteer group of film fans representing movie studios, served as an industry watchdog to help studios avoid government censorship….
Okay, let’s cheer up. Let’s remember Viet Nam and Jimmy Carter. The day after his inauguration, History.com tells us:
On this day in 1977, U.S. President Jimmy Carter grants an unconditional pardon to hundreds of thousands of men who evaded the draft during the Vietnam War.
In total, some 100,000 young Americans went abroad in the late 1960s and early 70s to avoid serving in the war. Ninety percent went to Canada, where after some initial controversy they were eventually welcomed as immigrants.
Never had heard this before today, but the third Monday of January is reckoned to be the most depressing day of the year.
Okay, we need to balance this out. How about this? Who was born on 21-January?
Happy Birthday! to…
1338 Charles V (the Wise), king of France (1364-80)
A little obscure, that. Can you give us something more relevant?
How about an inventor, a pioneer, and a couple of Confederate generals, including THE Confederate general?
1743 John Fitch, inventor (had a working steamboat years before Fulton)
1813 John C Fremont, [Pathfinder], map maker/explorer (western US)/Gov (AZ)
1821 John Cabell Breckinridge, (D) 14th US VP (1857-61)/mjr-gen (Confed)
1824 Thomas Jonathan “Stonewall” Jackson, Lt Gen 2nd Corps (ANV, Confed)
A composer I’ve heard of, and a weapons designer:
1855 Ernest Chausson, Paris, composer (Poeme for Violin & Orchestra)
1855 John M Browning, US, weapons manufacturer
An actor from the old days, probably more disappointed than we are about that 1916 ruling:
1897 J Carrol Naish, NYC, actor (Charlie Chan-Adv of Charlie Chan)
Assorted people you may have heard of:
1905 Christian Dior, Normandy France, fashion designer (long-skirted look)
1922 Paul Scofield, British actor (Man for All Seasons, Train)
1924 Benny Hill, Southampton England, comedian (Benny Hill Show)
Benny Hill. [“I was named after good Queen Victoria!” “Not too long afterward, either.”] Who knew?
1924 Telly Savalas, Garden City NJ, actor (Acapulco, Kojak)
1926 Steve Reeves, Montana, actor (Hercules, Hercules Unchained)
1939 Wolfman Jack, [Bob Smith], Bkln NY, DJ (Midnight Special)
1940 Jack Nicklaus, Columbus Ohio, golfer (Player of Yr 1967,72,73,75,76)
1941 Edwin Starr, rocker
1941 Placido Domingo, Madrid Spain, opera tenor (Pinkerton-Mme Butterfly)
Quiet Sunday, one of the Three Tenors (with José Carreras and the late Luciano Pavoratti), but so much more.
1941 Richie Havens, Bkln, folk singer (Here Comes the Sun)
1942 Mac Davis, Lubbock Tx, singer/actor (Mac Davis Show, North Dallas 40)
1947 Jill Eikenberry, New Haven Ct, (Ann Kelsey-LA Law, Manhattan Project)
1948 Yr (justifiably) humble svt, aka “MUDGE” Chicago, IL, Blogger (Left-Handed Complement)
1950 Billy Ocean, Trinidad, singer (Suddenly, Caribbean Queen)
1957 Geena [Virginia] Davis, Wareham Mass, actress (Beetlejuice, Fly)
Geena Davis. Sigh.
1961 Gabrielle Carteris, Phoenix Az, actress (Andrea-Beverly Hills 90210)
Hell of a day. This year, more than most.
It’s it for now. Thanks,
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