Jan. 21, 2012
The World and Everything In It

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Hour B, Segment 5

The TW&E History Book

  • Jan. 21, 1861 - U.S. Sen. Jefferson Davis (D-Miss.) resigns his office. About three weeks later he became president of the Confederate States of America.
  • Jan. 22, 1973 - The U.S. Supreme Court hands down its Roe vs. Wade and Doe vs. Bolton decisions, effectively nullifying state laws that protected the unborn from abortion.
  • Jan. 20, 1981 - Former actor and California governor Ronald Reagan is inaugurated as the 40th president of the United States; minutes later, Iran releases 52 American hostages that had been held by Islamist militants for 444 days.
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Jan. 21, 2012