On this day: January 21

POSTED: 12:57 PM PST Jan 18, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PST Jan 20, 2016 

Louis XVI is guillotined, the first nuclear-powered submarine launches, the nation catches "Saturday Night Fever," and President Reagan's second inauguration heads indoors, all on this day.

OTD January 21 - James Beard
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1985: Chef and author James Beard, who brought French cooking to the American middle and upper classes in the 1950s, dies of heart failure at the age of 81 in New York City. Beard's name lives on today in his foundation's annual Beard awards in various culinary genres.


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