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This Day in History for January 21

1846 – 1st edition of Charles Dickens’ newspaper “The Daily News”

1899 – Opel manufactures its first automobile.

1915 – Kiwanis International founded in Detroit.

1935 – The Wilderness Society is founded by conservationists.

1941 – 1st commercial extraction of magnesium from seawater, Freeport, Texas.

1942 – Count Basie records “One O’Clock Jump”

1953 – John Foster Dulles appointed as US Secretary of State.

1954 – 1st gas turbine automobile exhibited (NYC)

1956 – “Comedy in Music (Victor Borge)” closes at Golden NYC after 849 performances.

1967 – US female Figure Skating championship won by Peggy Fleming.

1971 – “Alias Smith & Jones” premieres on ABC TV.

1977 – US President Jimmy Carter pardons almost all Vietnam War draft evaders.

1978 – Bee Gees’ album “Saturday Night Fever” goes #1 for 24 weeks.

1980 – Gold hits record $850 an ounce.

1984 – US male Figure Skating championship won by Scott Hamilton.

1992 – Bill Cowher becomes the head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers, becoming only the second head coach of the team since 1970 (Chuck Noll).

1995 – 52nd Golden Globes: “Forest Gump”, Tom Hanks & Jessica Lange win.

1999 – In one of the largest drug busts in American history, the US Coast Guard intercepts a ship carrying 4,300 kg of cocaine.

2010 – LA Lakers forward Kobe Bryant becomes the youngest NBA player to reach 25,000 career points at 31 years, 151 days; beats Wilt Chamberlain by 35 days.

2017 – More than 2 million people protest worldwide in the ‘Women’s March’ against Donald Trump, with 500,000 marching in Washington, D.C.

2019 – Golden State guard Klay Thompson sets an NBA record by making his first 10 attempts from 3 point range as the Warriors beat the LA Lakers, 130-111; Thompson scores 44 points.

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