January 21 is the 21st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar.

There are 344 days remaining until the end of the year.

Holidays and observances

    * Flag Day (Quebec)
    * Lady of Altagracia Day (Dominican Republic)
    * National Hug Day (United States)

Events on this date

    * 1189 – Philip II of France and Richard I of England begin to assemble troops to wage the Third Crusade.
    * 1287 – The treaty of San Agayz is signed. Minorca is conquered by King Alfons III of Aragon.
    * 1525 – The Swiss Anabaptist Movement is founded when Conrad Grebel, Felix Manz, George Blaurock, and about a dozen others baptize each other in the home of Manz's mother in Zürich, breaking a thousand-year tradition of church-state union.
    * 1643 – Abel Tasman becomes the first European to reach Tonga.
    * 1793 – After being found guilty of treason by the French Convention, Louis XVI of France is executed by guillotine.
    * 1887 – 465 millimetres (18.3 in) of rain falls in Brisbane, a record for any Australian capital city.
    * 1908 – New York City passes the Sullivan Ordinance, making it illegal for women to smoke in public, only to have the measure vetoed by the mayor.
    * 1911 – The first Monte Carlo Rally takes place.
    * 1925 – Albania declares itself a republic.
    * 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.
    * 1954 – The first nuclear-powered submarine, the USS Nautilus, is launched in Groton, Connecticut by Mamie Eisenhower, the First Lady of the United States.
    * 1968 – Vietnam War: Battle of Khe Sanh – One of the most publicized and controversial battles of the war begins.
    * 1977 – President Jimmy Carter pardons nearly all American Vietnam War draft evaders, some of whom had emigrated to Canada.
    * 1985 – The inauguration of President Ronald Reagan to a second term, already postponed a day because Jan. 20 fell on a Sunday, becomes the second inauguration in history moved indoors because of freezing temperatures and high winds. The parade is cancelled altogether
    * 1999 – War on Drugs: In one of the largest drug busts in American history, the United States Coast Guard intercepts a ship with over 4,300 kilograms (9,500 lb) of cocaine on board.
    * 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 11 September 2001, and Asian stocks drop as much as 14%.

Born on this date

    * 1338 – King Charles V of France
    * 1721 – James Murray, British military officer, governor of Quebec
    * 1804 – Eliza Roxcy Snow, American poet
    * 1824 – Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson, American, Confederate army general
    * 1860 – Karl Staaff, Prime Minister of Sweden
    * 1885 – Umberto Nobile, Italian aeronautical engineer
    * 1905 – Christian Dior, French fashion designer
    * 1912 – Konrad Emil Bloch, German-born biochemist, Nobel laureate
    * 1922 – Telly Savalas, American actor
    * 1938 – Wolfman Jack, American disk jockey and actor
    * 1941 – Plácido Domingo, Spanish tenor
    * 1953 – Paul Allen, American entrepreneur, co-founder of Microsoft
    * 1969 – Tsubaki Nekoi, Japanese manga artist

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