Saturday

Concorde First Flights ( 1976 ) The First Concordes with commercial passengers take off From London's Heathrow Airport to Bahrain in the Persian Gulf and Paris Orly Airport to Rio de Janeiro .

Canadian Dollar
21st January ( 2002 ) : The Canadian dollar hits an all time low trading at US$0.6179 the current rate is closer to US$ .8 but was at close to parity just last year.

Vietnam Draft Dodgers
21st January ( 1977 ) : President Carter granted a complete and unconditional pardon today to all Vietnam draft dodgers


Black Monday 21st January ( 2008 ) Black Monday in worldwide stock markets ( The US Markets were closed for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day ) BUT futures trading around the world on US markets showed significant losses ) The losses were mostly averted when the FED announced a surprise rate cut of 0.75%. FTSE 100 had its biggest ever one-day points fall, European stocks closed with their worst result since 9/11, and Asian stocks drop as much as 15%. In January 2008 the Dow was at about 14,000 by the end of the year the Dow had dropped to 9,000 and has continued it's downward path but much lower suggesting the bottom is close to 8,000 . The FTSE 100 has had a similar fall from about 6,000 at the beginning of the year to close to 4,000 currently

Friday

John F. Kennedy ( 1961 ) John F. Kennedy, the nation’s youngest president (at this time), took the oath of office today. He was sworn in by Chief Justice Earl Warren. Vice-President Lyndon Johnson (who became president after JFK was assassinated), was sworn in on the same day as JFK. As part of the inauguration celebration on this day, Robert Frost himself recited from memory one of his own poem entitled “The Gift Outright”. He was originally going to read a poem that he wrote especially for this day called “Dedication”, but he could not read the ink from the page he was viewing.

Hostages Released
20th January ( 1981 ) : Iran released 52 weary American hostages, who were held for 444 days

Terry Waite
20th January ( 1987 ) : Terry Waite a special envoy of the archbishop of Canterbury disappeared while attempting to win freedom for Western hostages held in Lebanon. He was kidnapped by Shiite Muslims and released 4 years later.


China Monitors Internet Usage 20th January ( 1999 ) The Chinese News Service announces more restrictions including control of news and information on Internet often referred to the "Great Firewall of China" which blacklists thousands of web sites use in China ( Home to about 1/5th of the worlds population ).

Thursday


Palmer Raids ( 1920 ) 4,000 individuals are rounded up in a single night mostly members of the Industrial Workers of the World union who were suspected of being suspected radical leftists who were either deported or jailed as part of the Palmer Raids. The Palmer Raids ( named for Alexander Mitchell Palmer, United States Attorney General ) were a series of controversial raids by the U.S. Justice and Immigration Departments from 1919 to 1921 on suspected radical leftists in the United States . These arrests were made under the provisions of the Espionage Act of 1917 and the Sedition Act of 1918

Algiers Accord
19th January ( 1981 ) : The United States and Iranian officials sign the Algiers Accords in Algeria to release 52 American hostages held by Islamist students in the Tehran American embassy after 14 months of captivity.

Miami Snow
19th January ( 1977 ) : Snow fell on Miami for the first time in history .


Apple Lisa 19th January ( 1983 ) Apple announces "The Apple Lisa" the first commercial personal computer to have a graphical user interface GUI and a computer mouse. The Lisa was targeted at businesses and cost a massive $9,995 ( over $20,000 in todays money ) and because of its high cost never made the impact Apple hoped for

Wednesday

Newbury Bypass ( 1996 ) Protesters against the A34 Newbury Bypass in Southern England now include six environmental organizations Friends of the Earth, the Council for British Archaeology, Greenpeace UK, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, the Wildlife Trusts and the World Wide Fund for Nature all voiced disapproval of the new road scheme. Activists fighting the building of the bypass have built tunnels and tree houses and are using themselves as human shields to prevent security men and diggers from moving in.

Lisa Marie Presley
18th January ( 1996 ) : Lisa Marie Presley, daughter of the Late Rock Singer Elvis Presley Filed for divorce from Michael Jackson, who was her husband since May 26, 1994. Quite a bit of speculation surrounded the joining of Lisa-Marie and Michael in Matrimony. One rumor floating around was that Michael Jackson married at this time to either cash in on some of Lisa’s Presley’s father’s inheritance money, or in order to boost declining record sales. Another suspicion was that perhaps Lisa-Marie wanted to use Michael to launch her own career.
Yet another theory of the reason for Michael Jackson and Lisa-Marie Presley’s union was to cover up child molestation allegations made against him. The reason that was given in court by Lisa-Marie was simply that of “irreconcilable differences”.


Scott of the Antarctic 18th January ( 1912 ) The British explorer Robert Falcon Scott arrives at the South Pole only to find that Roald Amundsen, the Norwegian explorer, had preceded them by just over a month. His efforts were later made into the movie Scott of the Antarctic