This day in history (Jan. 21)

763 – The Battle of Bakhamra between Alids and Abbasids near Kufa ends in a decisive Abbasid victory.
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.
1535 – Following the Affair of the Placards, French Protestants are burned at the stake in front of the Cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris
1720 – Sweden and Prussia sign the Treaty of Stockholm.
1749 – The Teatro Filarmonico in Verona is destroyed by fire. It is rebuilt in 1754.
1774 – Abdul Hamid I became Sultan of the Ottoman Empire and Caliph of Islam.
1789 – The first American novel, The Power of Sympathy or the Triumph of Nature Founded in Truth, is printed in Boston.
1793 – After being found guilty of treason by the French National Convention, Louis XVI of France is executed by guillotine.
1861 – American Civil War: Jefferson Davis resigns from the United States Senate.
1893 – The Tati Concessions Land, formerly part of Matabeleland, is formally annexed to the Bechuanaland Protectorate, now Botswana.
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.
1915 – Kiwanis International is founded in Detroit.
1919 – Meeting of the First Dáil Éireann in the Mansion House Dublin. Sinn Féin adopts Ireland's first constitution. The first engagement of the Irish War of Independence, the Soloheadbeg ambush, County Tipperary.
1925 – Albania declares itself a republic.
1931 – Sir Isaac Isaacs is sworn in as the first Australian-born Governor-General of Australia.
1941 – Sparked by the murder of a German officer in Bucharest, Romania, the day before, members of the Iron Guard engaged in a rebellion and pogrom killing 125 Jews.
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 Québec Flag Day.
1950 – American lawyer and government official Alger Hiss is convicted of perjury.
1954 – The first nuclear-powered submarine, the USS Nautilus, is launched in Groton, Connecticut by Mamie Eisenhower, the First Lady of the United States.
1960 – Little Joe 1B, a Mercury spacecraft, lifts off from Wallops Island, Virginia with Miss Sam, a female rhesus monkey on board.
1960 – Avianca Flight 671 crashes and burns upon landing at Montego Bay, Jamaica killing 37. It is the worst air disaster in Jamaica's history and the first for Avianca.
1961 – Four hundred thirty-five workers are buried alive when a mine in Coalbrook, Free State, South Africa collapses.
1968 – Vietnam War: Battle of Khe Sanh: One of the most publicized and controversial battles of the war begins.
1968 – A B-52 bomber crashes near Thule Air Base, contaminating the area after its nuclear payload ruptures. One of the four bombs remains unaccounted for after the cleanup operation is complete.
1971 – The current Emley Moor transmitting station, the tallest free-standing structure in the United Kingdom, begins transmitting UHF broadcasts.
1976 – Commercial service of Concorde begins with the London-Bahrain and Paris-Rio routes.
1981 – Production of the iconic DeLorean DMC-12 sports car begins in Dunmurry, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom.
1997 – The U.S. House of Representatives votes 395–28 to reprimand Newt Gingrich for ethics violations, making him the first Speaker of the House to be so disciplined.
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.
2000 – Ecuador: After the Ecuadorian Congress is seized by indigenous organizations, Col. Lucio Gutiérrez, Carlos Solorzano and Antonio Vargas depose President Jamil Mahuad. Gutierrez is later replaced by Gen. Carlos Mendoza, who resigns and allows Vice-President Gustavo Noboa to succeed Mahuad.
2003 – A 7.6 magnitude earthquake strikes the Mexican state of Colima, killing 29 and leaving approximately 10,000 people homeless.
2004 – NASA's MER-A (the Mars Rover Spirit) ceases communication with mission control. The problem lies in the management of its flash memory and is fixed remotely from Earth on February 6.
2005 – In Belmopan, Belize, the unrest over the government's new taxes erupts into riots.
2011 – Anti government demonstrations take place in Tirana, Albania. Five people lose their life from gunshots, allegedly fired from armed police protecting the Prime Minister's office. To date, no one has been held accountable for the deaths.
2017 – Over 400 cities across America and 160+ countries worldwide participate in a large-scale women's march, on Donald Trump's first full day as president of the United States.
Births[edit]
1264 – Alexander, Prince of Scotland (d. 1284)
1338 – Charles V of France (d. 1380)
1532 – Ludwig Helmbold, German classical singer (d. 1598)
1608 – Theaurau John Tany, Christian mystic (d. 1659)
1610 – Elizabeth Fones, English-American settler (d. 1673)
1721 – James Murray, Scottish-English general and politician, Governor of Minorca (d. 1794)
1735 – Johann Gottfried Eckard, German pianist and composer (d. 1809)
1738 – Ethan Allen, American general (d. 1789)
1804 – Eliza R. Snow, American poet and hymn-writer (d. 1887)
1813 – John C. Frémont, American general, explorer, and politician, 5th Territorial Governor of Arizona (d. 1890)
1815 – John Bingham, American lawyer, judge, and politician, 7th United States Ambassador to Japan (d. 1900)
1820 – Joseph Wolf, German ornithologist and illustrator (d. 1899)
1824 – Stonewall Jackson, American general (d. 1863)
1827 – Ivan Mikheevich Pervushin, Russian mathematician and theorist (d. 1900)
1829 – Oscar II of Sweden (d. 1907)
1846 – Pieter Hendrik Schoute, Dutch mathematician and academic (d. 1923)
1848 – Henri Duparc, French soldier and composer (d. 1933)
1860 – Karl Staaff, Swedish lawyer and politician, 11th Prime Minister of Sweden (d. 1915)
1864 – Paul Troje, German lawyer and politician, Mayor of Marburg (d. 1942)
1867 – Ludwig Thoma, German paramedic and author (d. 1921)
1867 – Maxime Weygand, Belgian-French general (d. 1965)
1869 – Grigori Rasputin, Russian Mystic (d. 1916)
1878 – Vahan Tekeyan, Armenian poet and activist (d. 1948)
1879 – Joseph Roffo, French rugby player and tug of war competitor (d. 1933)
1881 – Ernst Fast, Swedish runner (d. 1959)
1882 – Pavel Florensky, Russian mathematician and theologian (d. 1937)
1883 – Olav Aukrust, Norwegian poet and educator (d. 1929)
1883 – Eulogio Rodriguez, Filipino lawyer and politician, 7th President of the Senate of the Philippines (d. 1964)
1884 – Roger Nash Baldwin, American author and activist, co-founded the American Civil Liberties Union (d. 1981)
1885 – Ernst Gustav Kühnert, Estonian-German architect and historian (d. 1961)
1885 – Umberto Nobile, Italian engineer and explorer (d. 1978)
1887 – Georges Vézina, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 1926)
1888 – Herbie Collins, Australian cricketer (d. 1959)
1895 – Cristóbal Balenciaga, Spanish fashion designer, founded Balenciaga (d. 1972)
1897 – René Iché, French sculptor (d. 1954)
1898 – Avery Claflin, American banker and composer (d. 1979)
1899 – Alexander Tcherepnin, Russian-American pianist and composer (d. 1977)
1901 – Ricardo Zamora, Spanish footballer and manager (d. 1978)
1904 – Puck van Heel, Dutch footballer (d. 1984)
1905 – Christian Dior, French fashion designer, founded Christian Dior S.A. (d. 1957)
1905 – Karl Wallenda, German-American acrobat and tightrope walker, founded The Flying Wallendas (d. 1978)
1909 – Todor Skalovski, Macedonian composer and conductor (d. 2004)
1910 – Albert Rosellini, American lawyer and politician, 15th Governor of Washington (d. 2011)
1910 – Eua Sunthornsanan, Thai composer and bandleader (d. 1981)
1911 – Bill Graber, American pole vaulter (d. 1996)
1912 – Konrad Emil Bloch, German-American biochemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2000)
1913 – William Ungar, Polish-American author and philanthropist, founded the National Envelope Corporation (d. 2013)
1915 – Orazio Mariani, Italian sprinter (d. 1981)
1915 – Bill Sefton, American pole vaulter (d. 1982)
1918 – Chicháy, Filipino actress (d. 1993)
1918 – Richard Winters, American soldier (d. 2011)
1919 – Eric Brown, Scottish-English captain and pilot (d. 2016)
1921 – Lincoln Alexander, Canadian lawyer and politician, 23rd Canadian Minister of Labour (d. 2012)
1922 – Telly Savalas, American actor (d. 1994)
1922 – Paul Scofield, English actor (d. 2008)
1923 – Lola Flores, Spanish singer, dancer, and actress (d. 1995)
1924 – Benny Hill, English actor, singer, and screenwriter (d. 1992)
1925 – Eva Ibbotson, Austrian-English author (d. 2010)
1925 – Arnold Skaaland, American wrestler and manager (d. 2007)
1926 – Brian Brockless, English organist, composer, and conductor (d. 1995)
1927 – Clive Churchill, Australian rugby league player and coach (d. 1985)
1928 – John Olsen, Australian painter
1928 – Gene Sharp, American political scientist and academic, founded the Albert Einstein Institution
1930 – Mainza Chona, Zambian lawyer and politician, 1st Prime Minister of Zambia (d. 2001)
1932 – Bill Bell, English businessman (d. 2013)
1932 – John Chaney, American basketball player and coach
1933 – Joseph W. Eschbach, American physician and academic (d. 2007)
1935 – Masamichi Noro, Japanese-French martial artist (d. 2013)
1937 – Nushiravan Keihanizadeh, Iranian-American journalist and historian
1938 – Sandy Barr, American wrestler and referee (d. 2007)
1938 – Wolfman Jack, American radio host (d. 1995)
1938 – Ken Maginnis, Northern Irish soldier and politician
1938 – Nicholas Phillips, Baron Phillips of Worth Matravers, English lawyer and judge, Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales
1940 – John J. McGinty III, American captain, Medal of Honor recipient (d. 2014)
1940 – Jack Nicklaus, American golfer and sportscaster
1941 – Sattam bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Saudi Arabian prince (d. 2013)
1941 – Plácido Domingo, Spanish tenor and conductor
1941 – Richie Havens, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2013)
1941 – Mike Medavoy, Chinese-American film producer, co-founded Orion Pictures
1941 – Ivan Putski, Polish-American wrestler and bodybuilder
1941 – Elaine Showalter, American author and critic
1942 – Mac Davis, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor
1942 – Edwin Starr, American soul singer-songwriter (d. 2003)
1943 – Rosemary Butler, English-Welsh academic and politician
1943 – Dimitris Poulikakos, Greek singer-songwriter and actor
1945 – Arthur Beetson, Australian rugby league player and coach (d. 2011)
1945 – Martin Shaw, English actor and producer
1946 – Gretel Ehrlich, American author
1946 – Johnny Oates, American baseball player and manager (d. 2004)
1947 – Jill Eikenberry, American actress
1947 – Pye Hastings, Scottish singer-songwriter and guitarist
1947 – Michel Jonasz, French singer-songwriter and actor
1947 – Jonathan Meades, English journalist and author
1949 – Jonas Åkerlund, Swedish lawyer and politician
1949 – Gennaro Contaldo, Italian chef and author
1950 – Gary Locke, American politician and diplomat, 36th United States Secretary of Commerce
1950 – Billy Ocean, Trinidadian-English singer-songwriter
1950 – Agnes van Ardenne, Dutch politician and diplomat, Dutch Minister for Development Cooperation
1951 – Eric Holder, American lawyer, judge, and politician, 82nd United States Attorney General
1952 – Marco Camenisch, Swiss activist and murderer
1952 – Louis Menand, American critic and essayist
1953 – Paul Allen, American businessman and philanthropist, co-founded Microsoft
1954 – Idrissa Ouedraogo, Burkinabé director, producer, and screenwriter
1954 – Phil Thompson, English footballer and coach
1955 – Peter Fleming, American tennis player
1955 – Jeff Koons, American painter and sculptor
1956 – Robby Benson, American actor and director
1956 – Geena Davis, American actress and producer
1959 – Alex McLeish, Scottish footballer and manager
1960 – Mamoru Nagano, Japanese animator and director
1962 – Tyler Cowen, American economist and academic
1963 – Hakeem Olajuwon, Nigerian-American basketball player
1963 – Detlef Schrempf, German basketball player and coach
1965 – Jam Master Jay, American DJ, rapper, and producer (d. 2002)
1967 – Artashes Minasian, Armenian chess player
1969 – Eduard Hämäläinen, Finnish-Belarusian decathlete
1969 – Tsubaki Nekoi, Japanese comic artist
1970 – Ken Leung, American actor
1970 – Oren Peli, Israeli-American director, producer and screenwriter
1971 – Sergey Klevchenya, Russian speed skater
1971 – Doug Weight, American ice hockey player and coach
1972 – Alan Benes, American baseball player and coach
1972 – Rick Falkvinge, Swedish businessman and politician
1972 – Yasunori Mitsuda, Japanese composer and producer
1972 – Brett Mullins, Australian rugby league player
1973 – Rob Hayles, English cyclist
1973 – Ruben Wiki, New Zealand rugby league player and manager
1974 – Rove McManus, Australian comedian, television host, and producer
1974 – Alex Sperafico, Brazilian race car driver
1975 – Nicky Butt, English footballer and coach
1975 – Yuji Ide, Japanese race car driver
1975 – Ito, Spanish footballer and manager
1975 – Willem Korsten, Dutch footballer and manager
1976 – Aivaras Abromavičius, Lithuanian-Ukrainian banker and politician; 15th Ukrainian Minister of Economic Development
1976 – Emma Bunton, English singer
1976 – Patrick de Lange, Dutch baseball player
1977 – Kirsten Klose, German hammer thrower
1977 – Ulrike Maisch, German runner
1977 – Phil Neville, English footballer and manager
1977 – Jerry Trainor, American actor, director, and producer
1978 – Faris Al-Sultan, German triathlete
1978 – Bryan Gilmore, American football player
1978 – Phil Stacey, American singer
1978 – Andrei Zyuzin, Russian ice hockey player
1979 – Byung-hyun Kim, South Korean baseball player
1979 – Spider Loc, American rapper and actor
1979 – Brian O'Driscoll, Irish rugby player
1980 – Dave Kitson, English footballer and manager
1980 – Nana Mizuki, Japanese singer-songwriter and voice actress
1980 – Brie Rippner, American tennis player
1981 – Gillian Chung, Hong Kong singer-songwriter and actress
1981 – Jamie Dalrymple, English cricketer
1981 – Ivan Ergić, Serbian footballer
1981 – Dany Heatley, Canadian ice hockey player
1981 – Andy Lee, South Korean singer and actor
1981 – Izabella Miko, Polish actress, dancer, and producer
1981 – Michel Teló, Brazilian singer-songwriter
1981 – Jung Ryeo-won, South Korean actress
1982 – Nicolas Mahut, French tennis player
1982 – Simon Rolfes, German footballer
1982 – Go Shiozaki, Japanese wrestler
1983 – Rapsody, American rapper
1983 – Alex Acker, American basketball player
1983 – Peter Philipakos, American soccer player
1983 – Moritz Volz, German footballer
1984 – David Harris, American football player
1984 – Alex Koslov, Moldovan-American wrestler
1984 – Robert Ray, American baseball player
1985 – Salvatore Giunta, American sergeant, Medal of Honor recipient
1985 – Justin Ingram, American basketball player
1985 – Matt Unicomb, Australian basketball player
1986 – Peyton Hillis, American football player
1986 – Jonathan Quick, American ice hockey player
1987 – Ioannis Athanasoulas, Greek basketball player
1987 – Augustine Kiprono Choge, Kenyan runner
1987 – Brandon Crawford, American baseball player
1987 – Henrico Drost, Dutch footballer
1987 – Darren Helm, Canadian ice hockey player
1987 – Mulopo Kudimbana, Congolese footballer
1987 – Maša Zec Peškirič, Slovenian tennis player
1988 – Glaiza de Castro, Filipino actress and singer
1988 – Ashton Eaton, American decathlete
1989 – Doğuş Balbay, Turkish basketball player
1989 – Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Armenian footballer
1991 – Craig Roberts, Welsh actor and director
1991 – Cho Soo-hyang, South Korean actress
1994 – Simone Pasa, Italian footballer
1994 – Laura Robson, Australian-English tennis player
1994 – Kang Seung-yoon, South Korean singer-songwriter and actor
1994 – Lim Kim, South Korean singer and actress
1996 – Marco Asensio, Spanish footballer
1997 – Jeremy Shada, American actor, musician and singer
Deaths[edit]
420 – Yazdegerd I, king of the Sassanid Empire
496 – Epiphanius of Pavia, Italian bishop and saint (b. 438)
917 – Erchanger, Duke of Swabia (b. 880)
918 – Liu Zhijun, Chinese general
939 – Yang Pu, Chinese emperor (b. 900)
942 – An Chongrong, Chinese general (Five Dynasties)
945 – Yang Tan, Chinese general and governor
1118 – Pope Paschal II (b. 1050)
1203 – Agnes II, Abbess of Quedlinburg (b. 1139)
1320 – Árni Helgason, Icelandic bishop (b. c. 1260)
1527 – Juan de Grijalva, Spanish explorer (b. 1489)
1546 – Azai Sukemasa, Japanese daimyo (b. 1491)
1609 – Joseph Justus Scaliger, French historian and scholar (b. 1540)
1638 – Ignazio Donati, Italian composer (b. 1570)
1683 – Anthony Ashley Cooper, 1st Earl of Shaftesbury, English politician, Chancellor of the Exchequer (b. 1621)
1670 – Claude Duval, French highwayman (b. 1643)
1699 – Obadiah Walker, English historian and academic (b. 1616)
1706 – Adrien Baillet, French scholar and critic (b. 1649)
1710 – Johann Georg Gichtel, German mystic and critic (b. 1638)
1722 – Charles Paulet, 2nd Duke of Bolton, English politician, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland (b. 1661)
1731 – Ignjat Đurđević, Croatian poet and translator (b. 1675)
1773 – Alexis Piron, French playwright and author (b. 1689)
1774 – Mustafa III, Ottoman sultan (b. 1717)
1775 – Yemelyan Pugachev, Russian rebel (b. 1742)
1789 – Baron d'Holbach, French-German philosopher and author (b. 1723)
1793 – Louis XVI of France (b. 1754)
1795 – Samuel Wallis, English navigator and explorer (b. 1728)
1809 – Josiah Hornblower, American engineer and politician (b. 1729)
1814 – Jacques-Henri Bernardin de Saint-Pierre, French botanist and author (b. 1737)
1823 – Cayetano José Rodríguez, Argentinian cleric, journalist, and poet (b. 1761)
1831 – Ludwig Achim von Arnim, German poet and author (b. 1781)
1851 – Albert Lortzing, German actor and composer (b. 1801)
1862 – Božena Němcová, Austrian-Czech author and poet (b. 1820)
1870 – Alexander Herzen, Russian philosopher and author (b. 1812)
1872 – Franz Grillparzer, Austrian playwright and poet (b. 1791)
1881 – Wilhelm Matthias Naeff, Swiss lawyer and politician (b. 1802)
1891 – Calixa Lavallée, Canadian-American lieutenant and composer (b. 1842)
1901 – Elisha Gray, American engineer, co-founded Western Electric (b. 1835)
1914 – Theodor Kittelsen, Norwegian painter and illustrator (b. 1857)
1919 – Gojong of Korea (b. 1852)
1919 – Ahmed Muhtar Pasha, Ottoman general and politician, 277th Grand Vizier of the Ottoman Empire (b. 1839)
1924 – Vladimir Lenin, Russian lawyer and politician (b. 1870)
1926 – Camillo Golgi, Italian physician and pathologist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1843)
1928 – George Washington Goethals, American general and engineer (b. 1858)
1931 – Felix Blumenfeld, Russian pianist, composer, and conductor (b. 1863)
1932 – Lytton Strachey, English writer and critic (b. 1880)
1933 – George Moore, Irish author, poet, and critic (b. 1852)
1937 – Marie Prevost, Canadian-American actress and singer (b. 1898)
1938 – Georges Méliès, French actor, director, and producer (b. 1861)
1945 – Rash Behari Bose, Indian soldier and engineer (b. 1886)
1948 – Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari, Italian composer and educator (b. 1876)
1950 – George Orwell, British novelist, essayist, and critic (b. 1903)
1955 – Archie Hahn, German-American runner and coach (b. 1880)
1956 – Sam Langford, Canadian-American boxer (b. 1883)
1959 – Cecil B. DeMille, American director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1881)
1960 – Matt Moore, Irish-American actor and director (b. 1888)
1961 – Blaise Cendrars, Swiss author and poet (b. 1887)
1963 – Acharya Shivpujan Sahay, Indian author, poet, and academic (b. 1893)
1963 – Spiros Xenos, Greek-Swedish painter (b. 1881)
1965 – Gwynne Evans, American swimmer and water polo player (b. 1880)
1967 – Ann Sheridan, American actress (b. 1915)
1968 – Will Lang, Jr., American journalist (b. 1914)
1977 – Sandro Penna, Italian poet and journalist (b. 1906)
1978 – Freda Utley, English scholar and author (b. 1898)
1983 – Lamar Williams, American bass player (b. 1949)
1984 – Giannis Skarimpas, Greek playwright and poet (b. 1893)
1985 – James Beard, American chef and author (b. 1903)
1985 – Eddie Graham, American wrestler and promoter (b. 1930)
1987 – Charles Goodell, American lieutenant, lawyer, and politician (b. 1926)
1988 – Vincent Lingiari, Australian Aboriginal rights activist (b. 1919)
1989 – Carl Furillo, American baseball player (b. 1922)
1989 – Billy Tipton, American pianist and saxophonist (b. 1914)
1993 – Charlie Gehringer, American baseball player and manager (b. 1903)
1994 – Bassel al-Assad, Son of the former President of the Syrian Arab Republic Hafez al-Assad (b. 1962)
1998 – Jack Lord, American actor, director, and producer (b. 1920)
1999 – Susan Strasberg, American actress (b. 1938)
2002 – Peggy Lee, American singer (b. 1920)
2003 – Paul Haines, American-Canadian poet and songwriter (b. 1933)
2003 – Paul Kuusberg, Estonian journalist and author (b. 1916)
2004 – Yordan Radichkov, Bulgarian author and playwright (b. 1929)
2005 – Theun de Vries, Dutch author and poet (b. 1907)
2005 – John L. Hess, American journalist and critic (b. 1917)
2005 – Kaljo Raid, Estonian cellist, composer, and pastor (b. 1921)
2006 – Ibrahim Rugova, Kosovo journalist and politician, 1st President of Kosovo (b. 1944)
2009 – Krista Kilvet, Estonian journalist, politician and diplomat (b. 1946)
2010 – Paul Quarrington, Canadian author, playwright, guitarist, and composer (b. 1953)
2011 – Theoni V. Aldredge, Greek-American costume designer (b. 1922)
2011 – Dennis Oppenheim, American sculptor and photographer (b. 1938)
2011 – E. V. V. Satyanarayana, Indian director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1958)
2012 – Roy John Britten, American biologist and geneticist (b. 1919)
2012 – Cliff Chambers, American baseball player (b. 1922)
2012 – Ernie Gregory, English footballer, coach, and manager (b. 1921)
2013 – Jean Giambrone, American journalist (b. 1921)
2013 – Donald Hornig, American chemist and academic (b. 1920)
2013 – Ahmet Mete Işıkara, Turkish geophysicist and academic (b. 1941)
2013 – Jake McNiece, American sergeant (b. 1919)
2013 – Chumpol Silpa-archa, Thai academic and politician, Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand (b. 1940)
2013 – Michael Winner, English director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1935)
2014 – G. Thompson Brown, American missionary, theologian, and author (b. 1921)
2014 – Warren Lamb, English businessman and educator (b. 1923)
2014 – Wilford Moore, American football player and coach (b. 1919)
2014 – Dick Shrider, American basketball player and coach (b. 1923)
2014 – George C. Wortley, American soldier and politician (b. 1926)
2015 – Marcus Borg, American scholar, theologian, and author (b. 1942)
2015 – Leon Brittan, English lawyer and politician, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (b. 1939)
2015 – Vince Camuto, American fashion designer and businessman, co-founded Nine West (b. 1936)
2015 – Johnnie Lewis, Liberian lawyer and politician, 18th Chief Justice of Liberia (b. 1946)
2016 – Bill Johnson, American skier (b. 1960)
Holidays and observances[edit]
Babinden (Bulgaria, Serbia)
Birthday of Princess Ingrid Alexandra (Norway)
Christian feast day:
Agnes
Demiana (Coptic Church)
Fructuosus
John Yi Yun-il (one of The Korean Martyrs)
Meinrad of Einsiedeln
January 21 (Eastern Orthodox liturgics)
Errol Barrow Day (Barbados)
Flag Day (Quebec)
Grandmother's Day (Poland)
Lady of Altagracia Day (Dominican Republic)
Lincoln Alexander Day (Canada)
National Hugging Day (United States)

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