Sunday, January 22, 2017

PARACULTURAL CALENDAR FOR JANUARY 22



On this day in 1506, the first contingent of 150 Swiss Guards arrives at the Vatican.

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On this day in 1521, Emperor Charles V opens the Diet of Worms. Ew…

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On this day in 1555, the Ava Kingdom falls to the Taungoo Dynasty in what is now present-day Burma.

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On this day in 1824, the Ashantis defeat British forces in the Gold Coast.

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On this day in 1879, during Anglo-Zulu War, two major battles take place. First, the Battle of Isandlwana, in which Zulu troops decisively defeat British troops. In the Battle of Rorke's Drift, however, 139 British soldiers successfully defend their garrison against an onslaught by three to four thousand Zulu warriors.

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On this day in 1901, Edward VII is proclaimed King after the death of his mother, Queen Victoria, thus ushering in the Edwardian Age.

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On this day in 1915, over 600 people are killed in Guadalajara, Mexico, when a train plunges off the tracks into a deep canyon.

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On this day in 1924, Ramsay MacDonald becomes the first Labour Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

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On this day in 1946, the Central Intelligence Group – an offshoot of OSS and forerunner of the CIA – is inaugurated.

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On this day in 1957, the New York City "Mad Bomber", George P. Metesky, is arrested in Waterbury, Connecticut and is charged with planting more than 30 bombs.

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On this day in 1973, the Supreme Court of the United States delivers its decisions in Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton, legalizing elective abortion in all fifty states.

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On this day in 1984, the Apple Macintosh, the first consumer computer to popularize the computer mouse and the graphical user interface, is introduced during Super Bowl XVIII with its famous "1984" television commercial.

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On this day in 1987, Pennsylvania politician R. Budd Dwyer shoots and kills himself during a televised press conference, leading to debates on boundaries in journalism.

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On this day in 1999, Australian missionary Graham Staines and his two sons are burned alive by radical Hindus while sleeping in their car in Eastern India.

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On this day in 2002, Kmart becomes the largest retailer in United States history to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

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On this day in 2006, Evo Morales is inaugurated as President of Bolivia, becoming the country's first indigenous president.

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