On this day in history – January 19 – Almanac


Representative Bob Ney, R-Ohio, gets into his car after leaving the U.S. District Court after pleading guilty to accepting bribes in Washington, DC October 13, 2006. Ney, the only member of Congress to have pleaded guilty in the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal, was sentenced to 2½ years in prison. File photo by Roger Wollenberg/UPI | License picture

Today is Wednesday, January 19, the 19th day of 2022 with 346 to follow.

The moon is waning. The morning stars are Mars and Uranus. The evening stars are Jupiter, Mercury, Neptune, Saturn, Uranus and Venus.

People born on this date are under the sign of Capricorn. Among them, the Scottish engineer James Watt, inventor of the steam engine, in 1736; Confederate General Robert E. Lee in 1807; American novelist/poet Edgar Allan Poe in 1809; French post-impressionist painter Paul Cézanne in 1839; John H. Johnson, founder of Ebony magazine in 1918; former UN Secretary General Javier Perez de Cuellar in 1920; author Patricia Highsmith in 1921; actor Jean Stapleton in 1923; actor Tippi Hedren in 1930 (age 92); television presenter Robert MacNeil in 1931 (age 91); singer Phil Everly in 1939; British singer/actor Michael Crawford in 1942 (age 80); singer Janis Joplin in 1943; actor Shelley Fabares in 1944 (age 78); singer Dolly Parton in 1946 (age 76); chef Paula Deen in 1947 (age 75); singer/actor Desi Arnaz Jr. in 1953 (age 69); artist Cindy Sherman in 1954 (age 68); actor Katey Sagal in 1954 (age 68); comedian Paul Rodriguez in 1955 (67); the painter Thomas Kinkade in 1958; author Edwidge Danticat in 1969 (age 53); actor Shawn Wayans in 1971 (age 51); comedian Frank Caliendo in 1974 (age 48); actor Jodie Sweetin in 1982 (age 40); Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg in 1982 (age 40); filmmaker Damien Chazelle in 1985 (age 37); US Olympic gold medalist gymnast Shawn Johnson in 1992 (age 30); rapper Mac Miller, born Malcolm James McCormick, in 1992; actor Logan Lerman in 1992 (age 30); model Natalia Bryant in 2003 (19 years old).

On this historical date:

In 1861, Georgia seceded from the Union and joined the Confederacy.

In 1920, threats to the life of Attorney General A. Mitchell Palmer, due to his activities in suppressing criminal radicalism, led officials to take every precaution to protect the head of the Department of Justice.

In 1938, Spanish Nationalist aircraft bombed Barcelona and Valencia, killing 700 civilians and injuring hundreds more.

In 1961, President Eisenhower met with his successor, John F. Kennedy, to complete plans for the transition of power. The two first met privately before holding talks with the incoming and outgoing Secretaries of State, Treasury and Defense.

In 1966, Indira Gandhi was elected Prime Minister of India.

In 1975, China issued a new Constitution which adopted the precepts and policies of Mao Zedong.

In 1977, US President Gerald Ford pardoned Iva Toguri D’Aquino, who had been convicted of treason for her World War II Japanese propaganda broadcasts as Tokyo Rose.

In 1983, Bolivian police arrested Klaus Barbie, the so-called Butcher of Lyons. Barbie was a Nazi Gestapo leader accused of capturing, torturing and killing thousands of Jews and French resistance fighters in Lyon, France.

In 1995, Russian forces captured the presidential palace in the rebel republic of Chechnya.

In 2007, former US Representative Bob Ney, R-Ohio, the only congressman to plead guilty in the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal, was sentenced to 2½ years in prison. Ney was released after 17 months.

In 2021, the United States recorded a milestone of 400,000 deaths from COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic.

A thought for the day: “If you don’t have charity in your heart, you have the worst heart problems. — American comedian Bob Hope

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