spotlight Today in history: Jan. 22 Jan 22, 2020 Jan 22, 2020 0 Major events that happened around the world on this day in history. 1498: Christopher Columbus In 1498, during his third voyage to the Western Hemisphere, Christopher Columbus arrived at the present-day Caribbean island of St. Vincent. AP 1901: Queen Victoria 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. AP 1944: Anzio, Italy In 1944, during World War II, Allied forces began landing at Anzio, Italy. AP 1970: Boeing 747 In 1970, the first regularly scheduled commercial flight of the Boeing 747 began in New York and ended in London some 6 1/2 hours later. AP 1973: Lyndon Johnson In 1973, former President Lyndon B. Johnson died at his Texas ranch at age 64. AP 1987: R. Budd Dwyer In 1987, Pennsylvania treasurer R. Budd Dwyer, convicted of defrauding the state, proclaimed his innocence at a news conference before pulling out a gun, placing the barrel in his mouth and shooting himself to death in front of horrified onlookers. AP 1994: Telly Savalas In 1994, actor Telly Savalas died in Universal City, California, a day after turning 72. AP 1997: Madeleine Albright In 1997, the Senate confirmed Madeleine Albright as the nation's first female secretary of state. AP 1998: Unabomber In 1998, Theodore Kaczynski (kah-ZIHN'-skee) pleaded guilty in Sacramento, California, to being the Unabomber responsible for three deaths and 29 injuries in return for a sentence of life in prison without parole. AP 2007: Baghdad Bombing In 2007, a double car bombing of a predominantly Shiite commercial area in Baghdad killed 88 people. AP 2009: Guantanamo Bay In 2009, President Barack Obama signed an executive order to close the Guantanamo Bay prison camp within a year. (The facility remained in operation as lawmakers blocked efforts to transfer terror suspects to the United States; President Donald Trump later issued an order to keep the jail open and allow the Pentagon to bring new prisoners there.) AP 2010: Barack Obama Ten years ago: President Barack Obama tried to revive his battered agenda and rally Democrats with a renewed emphasis on jobs during a town hall meeting in Elyria (el-LEER’-ee-uh), Ohio. AP 2010: Conan O'Brien Ten years ago: 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 the show he'd long dreamed of hosting. AP 2010: Jean Simmons Ten years ago: Actress Jean Simmons, 80, died in Santa Monica, California. AP 2015: Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi Five years ago: Yemen's U.S.-backed president, Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, quit under pressure from rebels holding him captive in his home. AP 2015: March for Life 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, even though the legislation had no realistic chance of passage AP 2015: Wendell Ford Five years ago, Former U.S. Senator and Kentucky Governor Wendell Ford, 90, died in Owensboro. AP 2019: Academy Awards Nominations One year ago: “Roma” and “The Favourite” each picked up 10 nominations for the 91st Academy Awards; Netflix and Marvel each scored their first best-picture nomination, for “Roma” (Netflix) and “Black Panther” (Marvel.) Invision 2019: Baseball Hall of Fame One year ago: Former New York Yankees reliever Mariano Rivera became baseball’s first unanimous Hall of Fame selection, as he was elected along with Edgar Martinez, Mike Mussina and the late Roy Halladay. AP 2019: Teachers Strike One year ago, Los Angeles teachers overwhelmingly approved a new contract, ending a six-day strike over funding and staffing in the nation’s second-largest school district. 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