TODAY IN HISTORY
Today is Wednesday, Jan. 22, the 22nd day of 2020. There are 344 days left in the year.
ON THIS DATE IN HISTORY
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.