Thursday, January 22, 2009
Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir is appointed as the new Prime Minister of Iceland, becoming the world's first openly lesbian head of government.
Patriarch Kirill I of Moscow is enthroned as the Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church.
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
stages the largest naval exercise since the fall of the Soviet Union
in the Bay of Biscay
. The Russia
n aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov, along with 11 support vessels and 47 long-range bomber aircraft, practises strike tactics off the coast of France
, and test-launches nuclear-capable missiles in foreign waters.
Thousands of Palestinians cross into Egypt
, as the border wall with Gaza in Rafah is blown up by militants
January 2008 stock market downturn: After further losses in international markets, the United States Federal Reserve System cuts its primary interest rate by 75 basis points to 3.5%, the largest move in the interest rate since 1982. The Dow Jones Industrial Average recovers after initial losses of almost 500 points to close at 11,971.19, down only 1.06%. //biz.yahoo.com/ap/080122/economy_stimulus.html
(AP via Yahoo! Finance)
Wednesday, January 22, 2003
The RIAA, a music industry lobbying group, announces that Hilary Rosen will step down as head of the organization at the end of 2003. Rosen achieved notoriety on the Internet for her prolific efforts to halt the spread of copyrighted MP3 recordings on peer-to-peer file sharing networks such as Napster and Kazaa. Reports indicate that the members of the RIAA are unhappy with Rosen's nearly total failure to achieve this goal.
Thursday, January 22, 1998
Wednesday, January 22, 1997
Madeleine Albright becomes the first female Secretary of State, after confirmation by the United States Senate.
Andreas Papandreou, Prime Minister of Greece, resigns due to health problems a new government forms under Costas Simitis.
Thursday, January 22, 1987
Pennsylvania Treasurer Budd Dwyer shoots and kills himself with a revolver during a televised press conference after being found guilty on charges of bribery, fraud, conspiracy, and racketeering.
Saturday, January 22, 1983
retires from tennis after winning 5 consecutive Wimbledon chionships.
Tuesday, January 22, 1980
Andrei Sakharov, Soviet scientist and human rights activist, is arrested in Moscow.
Soviet satellite Cosmos 954 burns up in Earth's atmosphere, scattering debris over Canada's Northwest Territories.
Ethiopia declares the ambassador of West Germany Persona non grata.
"Rowan Martin's Laugh-In" debuts on NBC.
Wednesday, January 22, 1964
Pope Paul VI
institutes the World Day of Prayer for Vocations. It is being observed up to now. During this celebration the Popes remind the universal Church that still today salvation comes to us. It is celebrated every Fourth Sunday of Easter also known as Good Shepherd Sunday.
Tuesday, January 22, 1963
The East German government readopts conscription.
The Organization of American States suspends Cuba's membership.
The Organisation armée secrète (OAS) bombs the French Foreign Ministry.
Thursday, January 22, 1959
Saturday, January 22, 1955
Thursday, January 22, 1953
"The Crucible", a drama by Arthur Miller, opens on Broadway.
Walter Ulbricht announces that the agriculture will be collectivized in East Germany.
Mau Mau Uprising: Rebels in Kenya kill the Ruck family (father, mother and six-year-old son).
Thursday, January 22, 1948
British foreign secretary Bevin proposes the formation of a Western Union between Britain, France and the Benelux countries to stand up against the Soviet Union. The Treaty of Brussels is signed March 17 as a consequence, a predecessor to NATO.
Tuesday, January 22, 1946
Iran: Qazi Muhammad declares the independent people's Republic of Mahabad at the Chuwarchira Square in the Kurdish city of Mahabad. He is the new president, Hadschi Baba Scheich is the prime minister.
Saturday, January 22, 1944
Wednesday, January 22, 1941
WWII: Battle of Tobruk: Australian and British forces capture Tobruk from the Italians.
In Sweden, Victor Hasselblad had the Victor Hasselblad AB Camera Company registered.
Saturday, January 22, 1938
Thursday, January 22, 1931
Sir Isaac Isaacs is sworn in as the first Australian-born Governor-General of Australia.
Tuesday, January 22, 1924
Thursday, January 22, 1920
WWI: President Woodrow Wilson calls for peace without victory in Germany.
An anti-prostitution drive in San Francisco
attracts huge crowds to public meetings. At one meeting attended by 7,000 people, 20,000 are kept out for lack of room. In a conference with Rev. Paul Smith, an outspoken foe of prostitution, 300 prostitutes make a plea for toleration, explaining they had been forced into the practice by poverty. When Smith asks if they will take other work at $8 to $10 a week, the ladies laugh derisively, which loses them public sympathy. The police close about 200 houses of prostitution shortly thereafter.
The strikes a reef off Vancouver Island
, Canada, killing over 100 (officially 136) in the ensuing disaster.
The leaders of six Australian colonies meet in Melbourne to discuss the confederation of Australia as a whole.
Tuesday, January 22, 1889
Wednesday, January 22, 1879
Thursday, January 22, 1863
Wednesday, January 22, 1840
British colonists reach New Zealand, officially founding Wellington.
Tuesday, January 22, 1828
UK: The Duke of Wellington succeeds Lord Goderich as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
Thursday, January 22, 1824
The Ashanti crush British forces in the Gold Coast, killing the British governor Sir Charles MacCarthy (see also Wars between Britain and Ashanti in Ghana and Ashanti Confederacy).
Tuesday, January 22, 1811
February ndash Russia issues an ultimatum to Sweden to join Napoleon's Continental System against Great Britain and Ireland.
The Bragança Portuguese Royal Family arrives in Brazil
, running away from the French army.
A coup d'état is staged in the Netherlands (Batavian Republic). Unitarian Democrat Pieter Vreede makes an end to the power of the parliament (with a conservative-moderate majority).
Tuesday, January 22, 1788
Tuesday, January 22, 1760
Seven Years' War ndash At the Battle of Wandiwash in India, British general Sir Eyre Coote is victorious over the French under the Marquis de Bussy-Castelnau.ref name=Cassell's Chronology
Wednesday, January 12, 1558 (Julianian calendar)
Beginning of the Livonian War.
Saturday, January 12, 1555 (Julianian calendar)
Saturday, January 12, 1521 (Julianian calendar)
Monday, January 12, 1517 (Julianian calendar)
Monday, January 12, 1506 (Julianian calendar)
Tuesday, January 20, 565 (Julianian calendar)