Monday, January 21, 2013
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On January 21 in

1793 During the French Revolution, King Louis XVI, condemned for treason, was executed on the guillotine.

1861 Jefferson Davis of Mississippi and four other Southerners whose states had seceded from the Union resigned from the U.S. Senate.

1908 New York City's Board of Aldermen passed an ordinance prohibiting women from smoking in public (the measure was vetoed two weeks later by Mayor George B. McClellan Jr.).

1910 The Great Paris Flood began as the rain-swollen Seine River burst its banks, sending water into the French capital.

1924 Russian revolutionary Vladimir Lenin died at age 53.

1977 President Jimmy Carter pardoned almost all Vietnam War draft evaders.

1998 Actor Jack Lord of "Hawaii Five-O" fame died in Honolulu at age 77.

In The Star

Jan. 21, 1938, in The Star: A representative of the Alabama Hospital Service Plan, an insurance plan approved by the State Legislature in 1935, visited Anniston today to talk about the plan and to encourage more participation in it. Operated on a non-profit basis, the subscription plan offers an individual 21 days of hospital care, all services included, in return for the payment of 60 cents a month by that individual. A slightly higher subscription obtains private room services. In addition, participating hospitals charge 25 percent less than their standard rates. Garner Hospital in Anniston is a participating institution. Also this date: Leonard H. Roberts was elected president of the Anniston Country Club last night by unanimous vote of its members gathered for their annual meeting. Additionally: A new rule in college basketball recently eliminated the center jump after field goals, but the team physician at Northwestern darkly warns that the new speed thus injected into the game stimulates heart action of the players to a dangerous degree.

Jan. 21, 1988, in The Star: “Technology will, as ever, move much faster than the ability of policymakers to cope with it,” technophile and futurist John Diebold writes in today¹s installment of his predictions for the year 2010. “Abortion should have been rendered virtually unnecessary by simple and safe contraceptives for male and female. However, I expect the same conservative groups that oppose abortion will also oppose the legalization of new contraceptives.”

Birthdays of Monday, Jan. 21:

World Golf Hall of Famer Jack Nicklaus is 73.
Opera singer Placido Domingo is 72.
Singer Richie Havens is 72.
Singer Mac Davis is 71.
Actress Jill Eikenberry is 66.
Country musician Jim Ibbotson (The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band) is 66.
Singer-songwriter Billy Ocean is 63.
Attorney General Eric Holder is 62.
Actor-director Robby Benson is 57.
Actress Geena Davis is 57.
Basketball Hall of Famer Hakeem Olajuwon is 50.

TV listings

The Biggest Loser, 7 p.m. on NBC: While Bob, Jillian and Dolvett are visiting the kid contestants in their hometowns, the rest of the players are on their own — which proves to be a struggle for some, while others rise to the occasion. The winners of a 5k run earn $15,000 to share among themselves, with another sum being donated to a local Boys and Girls Club in this new episode.

The Following, 7:59 p.m. on Fox: Kevin Bacon comes to television in this grisly new thriller from creator Kevin Williamson (The Vampire Diaries), playing a burned-out former FBI agent who is called back into action when the notorious serial killer (James Purefoy) whom he once captured has escaped from prison. Worse, the killer seems to have built a devoted fan base willing to do his awful bidding.

Hoarders, 8 p.m. on A&E: This new episode profiles two people who were once on top of the world but are now at the bottom of their piles of stuff. Merlene is a former supermodel who was married to a successful inventor, but her home is now crammed with items she salvages from the trash. Jeff lost a lucrative shoe-repair business and moved its contents into his residence, which is also home to a hoard of construction supplies.

Mike & Molly, 8:30 p.m. on CBS: Mike (Billy Gardell) is busy making preparations for spoiling Molly (Melissa McCarthy) silly on her birthday. But an unexpected trip of the psychedelic kind derails his efforts, thanks to some gelato with a secret ingredient. Katy Mixon and Reno Wilson also star in this new episode.

Hawaii Five-0, 9 p.m. on CBS: Insert "politics makes strange bedfellows" joke here. With an election about to take place, the governor (Richard T. Jones) asks McGarrett (Alex O'Loughlin) and the team to conduct a discreet investigation of a prostitute's murder. Why discreet? She was found in a congressman's bed — and he's missing. Danny (Scott Caan) goes to court in hopes of gaining partial custody of Grace in this new episode.

Deception, 9:01 p.m. on NBC: Joanna's (Meagan Good) investigation brings her into closer contact with Samantha and Julian (Marin Hinkle, Wes Brown). Edward (Tate Donovan) is fired from Bowers Pharmaceutical under heavy board scrutiny. Mia (Ella Rae Peck) makes some hasty decisions when a stranger enters her life in this new episode.

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