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 - Alger Hiss
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1950: Former State Department official Alger Hiss is convicted of having perjured himself over his testimony on his alleged involvement in a Soviet spy ring before and during World War II. Hiss would end up serving nearly four years in jail, but protested his innocence until the day he died.


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