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Today in History

Today is Saturday, January 22, the 22nd day of 2022. There are 343 days left in the year.

Today’s highlight in the story:

On January 22, 1973, the Supreme Court of the United States, in its decision Roe v. Wade, declared a national constitutional right to abortion.

To this date :

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

In 1938 Thornton Wilder’s play “Our Town” was first performed publicly in Princeton, New Jersey.

In 1944, during World War II, Allied forces began landing at Anzio, Italy.

In 1947, the first commercially licensed American television station west of the Mississippi, KTLA-TV in Los Angeles, made its official debut.

In 1995, Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy died at the Kennedy Compound in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts at the age of 104.

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

In 1998, Theodore Kaczynski (kah-ZIHN’-skee) pleaded guilty in Sacramento, California to being the Unabomber responsible for three deaths and 29 injuries in exchange for a life sentence without parole.

In 2006, Kobe Bryant scored 81 points, the second most in NBA history, in the Los Angeles Lakers’ 122-104 victory over the Toronto Raptors.

In 2007, a double car bomb attack in a predominantly Shia commercial area in Baghdad killed 88 people. Iran announced that it had banned 38 nuclear inspectors on a United Nations list from entering the country in apparent retaliation for UN sanctions imposed the previous month.

In 2008, 28-year-old actor Heath Ledger was found dead of an accidental prescription overdose in a New York City apartment.

In 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 terrorist suspects to the United States; President Donald Trump later issued an order to keep the prison open and allow the Pentagon to bring new ones there. prisoners.)

In 2020, Chinese health authorities urged residents of the city of Wuhan to avoid crowds and public gatherings after warning that a new viral disease that had infected hundreds of people and caused at least nine deaths could spread further. . Washington state health officials said they are actively monitoring 16 people who came into close contact with a traveler in China, the first US resident known to be infected with the virus.

Ten years ago: Longtime Penn State coach Joe Paterno, who had won more games than anyone in major college football, but was fired amid a child sex abuse scandal who tarnished his reputation, died at the age of 85.

Five years ago: After a combative start to the presidency, Donald Trump delivered a more unifying message and sought to reassure Americans of his desire to govern a divided nation.

A year ago: Senate leaders announced opening statements in Donald Trump’s impeachment trial over the Capitol riot would begin the week of Feb. 8; it would be the first time a former president has faced such charges after leaving office. Former Atlanta Braves slugger Hank Aaron, who endured racist threats with stoic dignity during his successful pursuit of Babe Ruth’s home run record, has died at 86. Former “Nightly News” anchor Tom Brokaw has said he is retiring from NBC News after working on the network for 55 years.

Today’s birthdays: Actor Piper Laurie turns 90. Celebrity chef Graham Kerr (TV: “The Galloping Gourmet”) is 88 years old. Author Joseph Wambaugh is 85 years old. Singer Steve Perry is 73 years old. Country singer and musician Teddy Gentry (Alabama) is 70 years old. director Jim Jarmusch is 69 years old. Actor John Wesley Shipp is 67 years old. Hockey Hall of Famer Mike Bossy is 65. Actress Linda Blair is 63 years old. Actress Diane Lane is 57 years old. Rap actor and DJ Jazzy Jeff is 57 years old. Celebrity chef Guy Fieri is 54 years old. Actor Olivia d’Abo is 53 years old. Actor Katie Finneran is 51 years old. Actor Gabriel Macht is 50 years old. Actor Balthazar Getty is 47 years old. Actor Christopher Kennedy Masterson is 42 years old. Jazz singer Lizz Wright is 42 years old. Pop singer Willa Ford is 41 years old. Actor Beverley Mitchell is 41 years old. Singer and rock musician Ben Moody is 41 years old. Actor Kevin Sheridan is 40 years old. Actor-singer Phoebe Strole is 39 years old. Rapper Logic is 32 years old. Tennis player Alizé Cornet (uh-LEEZ’ kohr-NAY’) is 32 years old. Actor Sami Gayle is 26 years old.

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