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To­day is Wed­nes­day, Jan. 22, the 22nd day of 2020. There are 344 days left in the year.


On Jan. 22, 1998, Theodore Kaczyn­ski pleaded guilty in Sacra­mento, Cal­i­for­nia, to be­ing the Un­abomber re­spon­si­ble for three deaths and 29 in­juries in re­turn for a sen­tence of life in prison with­out pa­role.

1498 — Dur­ing his third voy­age to the Western Hemi­sphere, Christo­pher Colum­bus ar­rived at the present-day Caribbean is­land of St. Vin­cent.

1901 — Bri­tain’s Queen Vic­to­ria died at age 81 af­ter a reign of 63 years; she was suc­ceeded by her el­dest son, Ed­ward VII.

1944 — Dur­ing World War II, Al­lied forces be­gan land­ing at Anzio, Italy.

1953 — The Arthur Miller drama “The Cru­cible,” set dur­ing the Salem witch tri­als, opened on Broad­way.

1970 — The first reg­u­larly sched­uled com­mer­cial flight of the Boe­ing 747 be­gan in New York and ended in Lon­don some sixand-a-half hours later.

1973 — The U.S. Supreme Court, in its Roe v. Wade de­ci­sion, le­gal­ized abor­tions us­ing a trimester ap­proach. For­mer Pres­i­dent Lyn­don B. John­son died at his Texas ranch at age 64.

1987 — Penn­syl­va­nia trea­surer R. Budd Dwyer, con­victed of de­fraud­ing the state, pro­claimed his in­no­cence at a news con­fer­ence be­fore pulling out a gun, plac­ing the bar­rel in his mouth and shoot­ing him­self to death in front of hor­ri­fied on­look­ers.

1994 — Ac­tor Telly Savalas

died in Univer­sal a day af­ter turn­ing 72.

1995 — Rose Fitzger­ald Kennedy died at the Kennedy com­pound at Hyan­nis Port, Mas­sachusetts, at age 104.

1997 — The Se­nate con­firmed Madeleine Al­bright as the na­tion’s first fe­male sec­re­tary of state.

2007 — A dou­ble car bomb­ing of a pre­dom­i­nantly Shi­ite com­mer­cial area in Bagh­dad killed 88 peo­ple. Iran an­nounced it had barred 38 nu­clear in­spec­tors on a United Na­tions list from en­ter­ing the coun­try in ap­par­ent re­tal­i­a­tion for U.N. sanc­tions im­posed the pre­vi­ous month.

2009 — Pres­i­dent Barack Obama signed an ex­ec­u­tive or­der to close the Guan­tanamo Bay prison camp within a year. (The fa­cil­ity re­mained in op­er­a­tion as law­mak­ers blocked ef­forts to trans­fer ter­ror sus­pects to the United States; Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump later is­sued an or­der to keep the jail open and al­low the Pen­tagon to bring new pris­on­ers there.)

Ten years ago — Pres­i­dent Barack Obama tried to re­vive his battered agenda and rally Democrats with a re­newed em­pha­sis on jobs dur­ing a town hall meet­ing in Elyria, Ohio. The “Hope for Haiti Now” telethon raised more than $66 mil­lion. Co­nan O’Brien ended his brief ten­ure of only seven months on “The Tonight Show” af­ter ac­cept­ing a $45 mil­lion buy­out from NBC to leave the show he’d long dreamed of host­ing. Ac­tress Jean Simmons, 80, died in Santa Mon­ica. Ac­tor James Mitchell, 89, died in Los An­ge­les.


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