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      This Day in History: January 21

      Featured Biography

      Jack Nicklaus
      American golfer
      Hakeem Olajuwon
      American basketball player
      Paul Allen
      American businessman
      Plácido Domingo
      Spanish-born singer
      Christian Dior
      French designer
      Lead Belly
      American musician

      More Events On This Day

      Women's March, Washington, D.C.
      Demonstrations, known collectively as the Women's March, were held throughout the world to support gender equality, civil rights, and other issues that were expected to face challenges under newly inaugurated U.S. President Donald Trump; it was widely believed to be the largest single-day demonstration in U.S. history. Take our quiz about U.S. history
      Alex Brandon/AP Images
      U.S. Supreme Court building
      In Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission , the U.S. Supreme Court ruled (5–4) that laws preventing corporations and unions from using general treasury funds for independent electioneering communications violated the First Amendment's guarantee of freedom of speech. Test your knowledge of amendments to the U.S. constitution
      Franz Jantzen/Supreme Court of the United States
      Newt Gingrich
      American politician Newt Gingrich became the first speaker in the history of the U.S. House of Representatives to be given a formal reprimand for ethics violations after the House voted 395–28 in favour of the measure. Learn about nine political scandals
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      Cleanup of 1.8 million gallons (6.8 million litres) of oil began near Block Island National Wildlife Refuge, Rhode Island, two days after the barge North Cape ran aground and created a 12-mile (19-km) oil slick. Read about nine of the biggest oil spills in history
      Plácido Domingo
      Spanish-born singer Plácido Domingo—an operatic tenor whose voice, physical stature, and dramatic ability made him one of the most popular tenors of the late 20th and early 21st centuries—was born in Madrid. How much do you know about opera?
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      Vladimir Lenin
      Vladimir Lenin, who led the Russian Revolution (1917) and later served as the first head (1917–24) of the Soviet state, died. Discover the significant events of the Russian Revolution
      ? Photos.com/Thinkstock
      Christian Dior
      Fashion designer Christian Dior, whose label became an enduring worldwide success, was born in Granville, France. Test your knowledge of fashion
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      Lead Belly
      Lead Belly—an African American folk-blues singer, songwriter, and guitarist whose ability to perform a vast repertoire of songs, in conjunction with his notoriously violent life, made him a legend—is believed to have been born this day. Take our quiz about musicians
      Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images
      execution of Louis XVI
      Louis XVI, the last Bourbon king of France, was executed by guillotine in Paris during the French Revolution. Test your knowledge of French history
      ? Photos.com/Thinkstock
      Vatican: Swiss Guards
      Swiss Guards first arrived at the Vatican as watchmen for the pope. How much do you know about the papacy?
      ? Rostislav Glinsky/Shutterstock.com
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