On This Day: January 21st

January 21st:

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%.

1789- 1st American novel, WH Brown’s “Power of Sympathy” is published

1542- English Parliament passes bill of attainder against Queen Katherine Howard

1677- 1st medical publication in America (pamphlet on smallpox), published in Boston

1846- 1st edition of Charles Dickens’ newspaper “The Daily News”

1903- Harry Houdini escapes from Halvemaansteeg police station in Amsterdam

1908- “Sullivan Ordinance” is passed in NYC, making it illegal for a woman to smoke in public places. It was vetoed 2 weeks later by mayor George B. McClellan Jr.

1921- British crime writer Agatha Christie publishes her first novel “The Mysterious Affair at Styles” introducing the character Hercule Poirot

1927- 1st national opera broadcast from a US opera house (Faust, Chicago)

1938- Dutch government starts obligatory unemployment insurance

1962- Snow falls in San Francisco

1977- US President Jimmy Carter pardons almost all Vietnam War draft evaders

My source and more facts at On This Day

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