UPI Almanac for Sunday, Jan. 23, 2022

On Jan. 23, 1997, Madeleine Albright was sworn into office as the first female U.S. secretary of state.

By United Press International
UPI Almanac for Sunday, Jan. 23, 2022
U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright briefs reporters on President Bill Clinton's trip to the Middle East on December 11, 1998, at the White House. On January 23, 1997, Albright was sworn into office as the first female U.S. secretary of state. File Photo by Ian Wagreich/UPI | License Photo

Today is Sunday, Jan. 23, the 23rd day of 2022 with 342 to follow.

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


Those born on this date are under the sign of Aquarius. They include American patriot John Hancock in 1737; French author Stendhal, a pseudonym for Marie-Henri Beyle, in 1783; French Impressionist painter Edouard Manet in 1832; Russian film director Sergei Eisenstein in 1898; actor Dan Duryea in 1907; comedian Ernie Kovacs in 1919; actor Jeanne Moreau in 1928; actor/singer Chita Rivera in 1933 (age 89); actor Gil Gerard in 1943 (age 79); actor Rutger Hauer in 1944; actor Richard Dean Anderson in 1950 (age 72); airline pilot Chesley Sullenberger in 1951 (age 71); Princess Caroline of Monaco in 1957 (age 65); actor Gail O'Grady in 1963 (age 59); actor Mariska Hargitay in 1964 (age 58); actor Tiffani Thiessen in 1974 (age 48); actor Julia Jones in 1981 (age 41).


On this date in history:

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In 1789, Georgetown College was founded in Georgetown, Md., which later would be part of the District of Columbia.

In 1845, the U.S. Congress decided that all national elections would take place on the Tuesday following the first Monday in November.

In 1849, Elizabeth Blackwell became the first woman in U.S. history to receive a medical degree.

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In 1912, the Standard Oil Company of New York was fined $55,000 for violating the Elkins Act in accepting rebates from the New York Central and Pennsylvania railroads during 1904 and 1905.

In 1948, U.S. Army Gen. Dwight Eisenhower said he couldn't accept a presidential nomination from either party. Four years later, he ran as a Republican and was elected as the 34th president.

In 1968, the USS Pueblo was seized in the Sea of Japan by North Korea, which alleged the ship was on a spy mission. The crew was held for 11 months before being released.

In 1973, U.S. President Richard Nixon announced that U.S. troops would cease fighting in Vietnam at midnight Jan. 27.

In 1980, U.S. President Jimmy Carter reinstated the Selective Service System. President Richard Nixon had ended the draft at the conclusion of the Vietnam War in 1973.


In 1986, the first inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame included Chuck Berry, James Brown, Ray Charles, Fats Domino, the Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis Presley.

In 1997, Madeleine Albright was sworn into office as the first female U.S. secretary of state.

In 2005, Johnny Carson, host of TV's Tonight Show for 30 years and a powerful presence in American entertainment, died of emphysema at age 79.

In 2015, Saudi Arabia's King Salman was crowned one day after the death of his half-brother, King Abdullah.

In 2020, the Chinese government issued a travel ban for all residents of Wuhan, the epicenter of a novel coronavirus outbreak that would come to cause a pandemic. As of this day, the disease -- later called COVID-19 -- had killed about 17 people.

In 2021, broadcasting legend Larry King died at a hospital in Los Angeles at the age of 87.

A thought for the day: "There is a special place in hell for women who don't help other women." -- U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright

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