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Today in History
Thursday, 21 January 2021
2008
Black Monday in worldwide stock markets. FTSE 100 had its biggest ever one-day points fall, European stocks closed with their worst result since 11 September 2001, and Asian stocks drop as much as 14%.
2005
In Belmopan, Belize, the unrest over the government's new taxes erupts into riots.
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.
2002
The Canadian Dollar sets all-time low against the US Dollar (US$0.6179).
2000
Ecuador: After the Ecuadorian Congress is seized by indigenous organizations, Col. Lucio Gutierrez, 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.
1999
War on Drugs: In one of the largest drug busts in American history, the United States Coast Guard intercepts a ship with over {{convert|4300|kg|lb}} of cocaine on board.
1997
Newt Gingrich becomes the first leader of the United States House of Representatives to be internally disciplined for ethical misconduct.
1985
The inauguration of President Ronald Reagan to a second term, already postponed a day because Jan. 20 fell on a Sunday, becomes the second inauguration in history moved indoors because of freezing temperatures and high winds. The parade is cancelled altogether.
1981
Tehran releases American hostages after 444 days.
1977
President Jimmy Carter pardons nearly all American Vietnam War draft evaders, some of whom had emigrated to Canada.
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