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On January 21st, 1950, former State Department
official Alger Hiss, accused of
being part of a Communist spy ring, was found
guilty in New York of lying to a grand jury.
Hiss, who always maintained his innocence, was
sentenced to five years in prison; he served less
In 1793, during the French Revolution, King Louis
the 16th, condemned for treason, was executed on
In 1861, Jefferson
Davis of Mississippi and four other Southerners
resigned from the US Senate.
In 1915, the first
Kiwanis Club was founded, in Detroit.
In 1924, Russian
revolutionary Vladimir Ilyich Lenin died at age
In 1950, George
Orwell, author of "Nineteen
Eighty-Four," died in London.
In 1954, the first
atomic submarine, the USS "Nautilus,"
was launched at Groton, Connecticut.
In 1976, the
supersonic Concorde jet was put into service by
Britain and France.
In 1977, President
Carter pardoned almost all Vietnam War draft
In 1997, Speaker
Newt Gingrich was reprimanded and fined as the
House voted for first time in history to
discipline its leader for ethical misconduct.
In 1998, President
Clinton angrily denied reports he'd had an affair
with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky
and had tried to get her to lie about it.
Ten years ago: In
the Soviet republic of Azerbaijan, mutinous
military cadets fired on troops patrolling the
capital during a crackdown on a nationalist
Five years ago:
President Clinton, addressing the Democratic
National Committee, implored members to
"bear down and go forward" despite the
results of the 1994 elections.
One year ago:
Former Senator Dale Bumpers told the Senate
impeachment trial of Bill Clinton the president
was guilty of a "terrible moral lapse"
but not of conduct warranting or even permitting
his removal from office. Raul Salinas de Gortari,
the brother of a former Mexican president, was
convicted of masterminding the murder of rival
Jose Francisco Ruiz Massieu and sentenced to 50
"Few, save the poor,
feel for the poor."
Letitia Landon, English poet (1802-1838).