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On January 22
1673 Postal service between New York City and Boston begins. It is the first organized postal route in American history.
1879 Having already served as U.S. senator from Illinois and Minnesota, Democrat James Shields is elected as a U.S. senator again - this time from Missouri.
1901 Queen Victoria of England died after reigning for nearly 64 years. Edward VII, her son, succeeded her.
1905 Insurgent workers were fired on in St Petersburg, Russia, resulting in "Bloody Sunday."
1938 "Our Town", by Thornton Wilder, was performed publicly for the first time, in Princeton, NJ.
1943 For two minutes in Spearfish, South Dakota, someone turns up the heat in a hurry. In just 120 seconds, the temperature rises 47 degrees (from -2 degrees Farenheit to 45 degrees Farenheit).
1961 Wilma Rudolph set a world indoor record in the women’s 60-yard dash. She ran the race in 6.9 seconds.
1968 "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In" premieres. This sketch comedy show will go on to win a number of Emmy Awards and launch the careers of Goldie Hawn, Arte Johnson and Lily Tomlin, among others.
1970 The first regularly scheduled commercial flight of the Boeing 747 began in New York City and ended in London about 6 1/2 hours later.
1973 U.S. Supreme Court rules on Roe v. Wade and strikes down state laws that had been restricting abortions during the first six months of pregnancy.
1987 Phil Donahue became the first talk show host to tape a show from inside the Soviet Union. The shows were shown later in the year.
1997 The U.S. Senate confirmed Madeleine Albright as the first female secretary of state.
1998 Mary Bono, widow of famed entertainer and politician, Sony Bono, announces she will run for the Congressional seat held by her husband until his untimely death. (She will win the election.)
2000 Elian Gonzalez's grandmothers met privately with U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno as they appealed for help in removing the boy from his Florida relatives and reuniting him with his father in Cuba.
2001 Former National Football League (NFL) player Rae Carruth was sentenced to a minimum 18 years and 11 months in prison for his role in the 1999 shooting death of his pregnant girlfriend, Cherica Adams. Adams died a month later from her wounds. The baby survived and lives with the victim's mother.
2001 Acting on a tip, authorities captured four of the "Texas 7" in Woodland Park, CO, at a convenience store. A fifth convict killed himself inside a motor home.
2002 In Calcutta, India, Heavily armed gunmen attacked the U.S. government cultural center. Five police officers were killed and twenty others, including one pedestrian and one private security guard, were wounded.
2002 Kmart Corp. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy making it the largest retailer in history to seek legal protection from its creditors.
2002 Marc Chagall's work "Study for 'Over Vitebsk" was found at a postal installation in Topeka, KS. The 8x10 oil painting is valued at about $1 million. The work was stolen a year before form the Jewish Museum in New York City.
2002 AOL Time Warner filed suit against Microsoft in federal court seeking damages for harm done to AOL's Netscape Internet Browser when Microsoft began giving away its competing browser.
2002 Amazon.com announced that it had posted its first net profit in the fourth quarter (quarter ending December 31, 2001).
2002 Lawyers suing Enron Corp. asked a court to prevent further shredding of documents due to the pending federal investigation.
2002 Lawyers suing Enron Corp. asked a court to prevent further shredding of documents due to the pending federal investigation.
2003 In New York, the "Leonardo da Vinci, Master Draftsmen" exhibit opened at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
2003 It was reported that scientists in China had found fossilized remains of a dinosaur with four feathered wings.

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