Today in History, English
Today in History, English

8911January 21Event1960 – Avianca Flight 671 crashes and burns upon landing at Montego Bay, Jamaica, killing 37. It is the worst air disaster in Jamaica's history and the first for Avianca.
8912January 21Event1961 – Four hundred thirty-five workers are buried alive when a mine in Coalbrook, Free State collapses.
8913January 21Event1968 – Vietnam War: Battle of Khe Sanh – One of the most publicized and controversial battles of the war begins.
8914January 21Event1968 – A B-52 bomber crashes near Thule Air Base, contaminating the area after its nuclear payload ruptures. One of the four bombs remains unaccounted for after the cleanup operation is complete.
8915January 21Event1971 – The current Emley Moor transmitting station, the tallest free-standing structure in the United Kingdom, begins transmitting UHF broadcasts.
8916January 21Event1976 – Commercial service of Concorde begins with the London-Bahrain and Paris-Rio routes.
8917January 21Event1977 – United States President Jimmy Carter pardons nearly all American Vietnam War draft evaders, some of whom had emigrated to Canada.
8918January 21Event1981 – Production of the iconic DeLorean DMC-12 sports car begins in Dunmurry, Northern Ireland.
8919January 21Event1997 – The U.S. House of Representatives votes 395–28 to reprimand Newt Gingrich for ethics violations, making him the first Speaker of the House to be so disciplined.
8920January 21Event1999 – War on Drugs: In one of the largest drug busts in American history, the United States Coast Guard intercepts a ship with over 4,300 kilograms (9,500 lb) of cocaine on board.
8921January 21Event2000 – Ecuador: After the Ecuadorian Congress is seized by indigenous organizations, Col. Lucio Gutiérrez, Carlos Solorzano and Antonio Vargas depose President Jamil Mahuad. Gutierrez is later replaced by Gen. Carlos Mendoza, who resigns and allows Vice-P
8922January 21Event2003 – A 7.6 magnitude earthquake strikes the Mexican state of Colima, killing 29 and leaving approximately 10,000 people homeless.
8923January 21Event2004 – NASA's MER-A (the Mars Rover Spirit) ceases communication with mission control. The problem lies in the management of its flash memory and is fixed remotely from Earth on February 6.
8924January 21Event2005 – In Belmopan, Belize, the unrest over the government's new taxes erupts into riots.
8925January 21Birth1338 – Charles V of France (d. 1380)
8926January 21Birth1610 – Elizabeth Fones, English-American settler (d. 1673)
8927January 21Birth1721 – James Murray, Scottish-English general and politician Governor of Minorca (d. 1794)
8928January 21Birth1735 – Johann Gottfried Eckard, German pianist and composer (d. 1809)
8929January 21Birth1738 – Ethan Allen, American general (d. 1789)
8930January 21Birth1804 – Eliza R. Snow, American poet and hymn-writer (d. 1887)
8931January 21Birth1813 – John C. Frémont, American general, explorer, and politician, 5th Territorial Governor of Arizona (d. 1890)
8932January 21Birth1815 – John Bingham, American lawyer, judge, and politician, 7th United States Ambassador to Japan (d. 1900)
8933January 21Birth1820 – Joseph Wolf, German ornithologist and illustrator (d. 1899)
8934January 21Birth1824 – Stonewall Jackson, American general (d. 1863)
8935January 21Birth1827 – Ivan Mikheevich Pervushin, Russian mathematician and theorist (d. 1900)
8936January 21Birth1829 – Oscar II of Sweden (d. 1907)
8937January 21Birth1846 – Pieter Hendrik Schoute, Dutch mathematician and academic (d. 1923)
8938January 21Birth1848 – Henri Duparc, French soldier and composer (d. 1933)
8939January 21Birth1860 – Karl Staaff, Swedish lawyer and politician, 11th Prime Minister of Sweden (d. 1915)
8940January 21Birth1864 – Paul Troje, German politician, Mayor of Marburg (d. 1942)

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