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On This Day in History - 21st January

Birthdays

1824Thomas 'Stonewall' Jackson, American general
1924Benny Hill, English comedian
1924Telly Savalas, American film & television actor
1940Jack Nicklaus, American golfer
1941Placido Domingo, Spanish Operatic tenor
1945Martin Shaw, Actor in 'The Professionals'
1950Billy Ocean, Soul singer

Events

1793Louis XVI, the King of France, was guillotined during the French revolution
1911The first ever Monte Carlo Car Rally was held
1950George Orwell, the British author of '1984' & 'Animal Farm', died
1954The USS Nautilus, the world's first nuclear powered submarine, was launched
1959Famous Hollywood film director, Cecil B. De Mille, died aged 77
1976The supersonic airliner 'Concorde' began its regular commercial service
1978The Liberal Party voted to continue with the Lib-Lab pact until July