January 21: What Happened on This Day in History (Elementary Level)?
(Page last edited 10/12/2017)
- 1789 - The first American novel, The Power of Sympathy or the Triumph of Nature Founded in Truth, is printed in Boston, Massachusetts.
- 1948 - The Flag of Quebec is adopted and flown for the first time over the National Assembly of Quebec. The day is marked annually as Quebec Flag Day.
- 1960 - Little Joe 1B, a Mercury spacecraft, lifts off from Wallops Island, Virginia with Miss Sam, a female rhesus monkey on board.
- 1977 - President of the United States Jimmy Carter pardons nearly all American Vietnam War draft evaders, some of whom had emigrated to Canada.
- 2004 - NASA's MER-A (the Mars Rover Spirit) ceases communication with mission control. The problem lies in the management of its flash memory and is fixed remotely from Earth on February 6.
- Famous Birthdays: Stonewall Jackson (American general), Pavel Florensky (Russian theologian and mathematician), Cristóbal Balenciaga (Spanish fashion designer, founded Balenciaga), Christian Dior (French fashion designer, founded Christian Dior S.A.), Konrad Emil Bloch (German-American biochemist, Nobel Prize laureate)
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