On This Day

On This Day in History for January 21 (Part 2)

Events in History

  • 1979 Price of gold increases to record $875 troy oz
  • 1980 Gold hits record $850 an ounce
  • 1981 Bernhard Goetz is assaulted for 1st time on a New York City subway train
  • 1981 Norman Stronge and his son James (both former Ulster Unionist Members of Parliament) are assassinated by the Irish Republican Army at their home Tynan Abbey, which is then burnt down
  • 1983 Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Anthony E Hecht

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1983 President Reagan certifies El Salvador human-rights abuses have decreased making country eligible for US military aid

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • 1985 -19°F (-28°C), Caesar's Head, South Carolina (state record)
  • 1985 -34°F (-37°C), Mt Mitchell, North Carolina (state record)
  • 1985 Bomb attack on Borobudur temple in Java
  • 1985 Jessye Norman sings "Simple Gifts" at the second inauguration of US President Ronald Reagan in Washington, D. C.
  • 1986 Bomb attack in East-Beirut, 27 killed
  • 1988 US accepts immigration of 30,000 US-Vietnamese children
  • 1992 UN serves Libya a resolution to hand over intelligence agents accused of two airliner bombings
  • 1994 Dow Jones passes 3900 (record 3,914.20)
  • 1994 Lorena Bobbitt found temporarily insane when she cut off her husband's penis
  • 1996 US male Figure Skating championship won by Rudy Galindo

  • 1997 An inquiry in North Wales names more than 80 child abusers
  • 1998 Pope John Paul II visits Cuba
  • 1999 In one of the largest drug busts in American history, the US Coast Guard intercepts a ship carrying 4,300 kg of cocaine
  • 2002 The Canadian Dollar sets all-time low against the US Dollar (US$0.6179).
  • 2004 Canada: The residence of reporter Juliet O'Neill is searched by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) investigating leaks concerning the deportation of Maher Arar
  • 2004 NASA's MER-A (the Mars Rover Spirit) ceases communication with mission control. The problem lies with Flash Memory management and is fixed remotely from Earth on February 6.
  • 2005 In Belmopan, Belize, the unrest over the government's new taxes erupts into riots
  • 2007 Awashima Marine Park in Japan catches a video tape of the rare frilled shark.
  • 2008 Black Monday in worldwide stock markets. FTSE 100 had its biggest ever one-day points fall, European stocks closed with their worst result since 9/11, and Asian stocks drop as much as 15%.
  • 2008 The Eyak language in Alaska becomes extinct as its last native speaker dies
  • 2013 30 people are killed in a car bombing in Salamiyeh, Syria
  • 2013 41 people are injured after two trains collide in Vienna, Austria
  • 2013 18 people are killed and 24 are injured after a bus falls down a ravine in Yungas, Bolivia
  • 2013 1 person is killed and 15 are injured by a magnitude 5.9 earthquake in Indonesia
  • 2013 Jeroen Dijsselbloem, Netherlands’ Minister of Finance, becomes the President of the Euro Group
  • 2015 Italian fashion label Gucci names Alessandro Michele as its new creative director

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

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

2018 Gambian Dictator Yahya Jammeh finally concedes office and leaves Gambia 2 months after losing the presidential election

Dictator and President of Gambia Yahya Jammeh
Dictator and President of Gambia
Yahya Jammeh
  • 2020 World's oldest asteroid impact at 2.2 billion years old found in Yarrabubba, Western Australia, may have ended an ice age, reported in "Nature Communications"

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2021 Avril Haines is sworn in as the first female US Director of National Intelligence by VP Kamala Harris

49th US Vice President and Senator Kamala Harris
49th US Vice President and Senator
Kamala Harris

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