TODAY IN HISTORY
Today is the 22nd day of 2020. There are 344 days left in the year.
On Jan. 22, 1998, Theodore Kaczynski pleaded guilty in Sacramento, Calif., to being the Unabomber responsible for three deaths and 29 injuries for a sentence of life in prison without parole.
On this date:
In 1498, during his third voyage to the Western Hemisphere, Christopher Columbus arrived at the present-day Caribbean island of St. Vincent.
In 1901, Britain’s Queen Victoria died at age 81 after a reign of 63 years; she was succeeded by her eldest son, Edward VII.
In 1970, the first regularly scheduled commercial flight of the Boeing 747 began in New York and ended in London.
In 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court, in its Roe v. Wade decision, legalized abortions using a trimester approach. Former President Lyndon B. Johnson died at his Texas ranch at age 64.
In 1987, Pennsylvania treasurer R. Budd Dwyer, convicted of defrauding the state, proclaimed his innocence before pulling out a gun, placing the barrel in his mouth and shooting himself to death in front of onlookers.
In 1994, actor Telly Savalas died in Universal City, Calif., a day after turning 72.
In 1995, Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy died at Hyannis Port, Mass., at age 104.
In 1997, the Senate confirmed Madeleine Albright as the nation’s first female secretary of state.
Ten years ago: The “Hope for Haiti Now” telethon raised more than $66 million. Conan O’Brien ended his brief tenure of only seven months on “The Tonight Show” after accepting a $45 million buyout from NBC to leave. Actress Jean Simmons, 80, died in Santa Monica, Calif. Actor James Mitchell, 89, died in Los Angeles.
Five years ago: With thousands of abortion protesters swarming Washington in their annual March for Life, the House voted 242-179 to permanently forbid federal funds for most abortion coverage.
One year ago: The Supreme Court said the Trump administration could go ahead with its plan to restrict military service by transgender men and women as court challenges continued.
Today’s Birthdays: Actress Piper Laurie is 88. Celebrity chef Graham Kerr (TV: “The Galloping Gourmet”) is 86. Singer Steve Perry is 71. Country singer-musician Teddy Gentry (Alabama) is 68. Actor John Wesley Shipp is 65. Actress Linda Blair is 61. Actress Diane Lane is 55. Country singer Regina Nicks (Regina Regina) is 55. Celebrity chef Guy Fieri is 52. Actress Katie Finneran is 49. Actor Gabriel Macht is 48. Actor Balthazar Getty is 45.
Thought for Today: “I know there’s a proverb which that says ‘To err is human,’ but a human error is nothing to what a computer can do if it tries.” — Dame Agatha Christie, English mystery writer (1890-1976).