Jan 21, 2017
January 21. In 1789, the first American novel, The Power of Sympathy or the Triumph of Nature Founded in Truth, was printed in Boston. In 1793, King Louis XVI was executed for treason during the French Revolution. In 1853, the envelope folding machine was patented. In 1865, an oil well was drilled by torpedoes for the first time. In 1977, President Carter pardoned almost all Vietnam War draft evaders. In 1997, Newt Gingrich was fined for ethical misconduct. Happy Birthday, Richie Havens. It’s Grandmother’s Day in Poland and National Hugging Day in America. Mission: Hug like a grandmother. March like a stallion. "The beginning is near."