On this day: January 22

POSTED: 03:48 AM PST Jan 21, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PST Jan 21, 2016 

The Supreme Court decides Roe v. Wade, the Boeing 747 flies for the first time, Apple introduces its Macintosh computer in a Super Bowl ad, and the Unabomber pleads guilty, all on this day.

OTD January 22 - Pope Benedict XV
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Library of Congress

1922: Pope Benedict XV, whose pontificate was largely overshadowed by World War I and its consequences in Europe, dies of pneumonia at the age of 67 in Rome, Italy. During World War I, Benedict declared the neutrality of the Holy See and attempted to mediate peace in 1916 and 1917. When those efforts failed, he focused on humanitarian efforts, such as attending prisoners of war, the exchange of wounded soldiers and food deliveries to needy populations in Europe.


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