On This Day In History, 21 January

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World Events Today

  • USS Nautilus, SSN-571, the world’s first operational nuclear-powered submarine, was launched today in 1954
  • The Battle of Khe Sanh, one of the most controversial battles of the Vietnam War, which lasted for almost 6 months, started today in 1968
  • Scheduled flights for Concorde began today in 1976, the routes were London to Bahrain and Paris to Rio de Janeiro, via Dakar

Entertainment Events Today

  • As an act, Harry Houdini escaped from Halvemaansteeg police station in Amsterdam, today in 1903
  • The detective novel The Mysterious Affair at Styles, by the British author Agatha Christie, was published today in 1921 in the UK, the world was introduced to Hercule Poirot
  • The American tennis player John McEnroe, was expelled from the Australian Open today in 1990

Family Events Today

  • Alfred Hawthorne Hill, better known as the English comedian and actor Benny Hill, star of The Benny Hill Show, was born today in 1924 in Southampton
  • The American golf legend Jack William Nicklaus, nicknamed The Golden Bear, was born today in 1940 in Ohio
  • Emma Lee Bunton, better known as the English singer Baby Spice of the girl group The Spice Girls, was born today in 1976 in London

Main Event Today

  • A US B-52 bomber, carrying 4 thermonuclear bombs, crashed in Greenland today in 1968

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Hugging Day

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