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23 January 1879

The Battle of Rorke’s Drift during the Anglo-Zulu War ends.

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    20 January 1649

    Charles I of England goes on trial for treason.

    On the afternoon of 20 January 1649 a slightly-built 48-year-old man with long greying hair stood before a court in London, charged with treason. But this was no ordinary court of law; it was the High Court of Justice sitting in Westminster Hall. And this was no ordinary charge of treason against the Sovereign; it was treason against the people by the Sovereign. For the man who stood trial was the King himself.

    The trial and execution of Charles I was a microcosm of the English Civil War which had preceded it, in that both trial and war hinged on whether the King should be accountable for his actions to his people. The war had been bitterly fought since 1642 between the Royalist supporters of Charles I and the Parliamentarians led by Oliver…

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    19 January 1977

    Tokyo Rose is pardoned by President Gerald Ford.

    On this day in 1977, President Gerald Ford pardoned “Tokyo Rose,” who had broadcast pop tunes during World War II. Although the nickname was a catchall for propaganda broadcasts, it became synonymous with Iva Toguri, an American-born citizen of Japanese descent.

    Toguri graduated from UCLA in 1940. When an elderly aunt fell ill, she went to Japan to help care for her, leaving Los Angeles with only an identification card. When war threatened, Toguri sought a passport from the U.S. vice counsel in Japan, but the State Department had not acted on her request by the time of the Pearl Harbor attack. After the Japanese surrendered in 1945, Toguri asserted that she was forced into her role by the authorities. She said she broadcast only light musical fare even as she smuggled food and medicine to…

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Born on this day

January 23, 2017
1832 Edouard Manet
1919 Bob Paisley
1919 Ernie Kovacs
1928 Jeanne Moreau
1944 Rutger Hauer
1957 Princess Caroline of Monaco
1959 Earl Falconer
1961 Paula Hamilton
1972 Harriet Scott

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