This day in history

Tuesday, Jan. 22, is the 22nd day of 2013. There are 343 days left in the year.

Today’s birthdays: Author Joseph Wambaugh is 76. Actor John Hurt is 73. Actress Linda Blair is 54. Actress Diane Lane is 48.

In 1498, on his third voyage to the Western Hemisphere, Christopher Columbus arrived at the Caribbean island of St. Vincent.


In 1901, Britain’s Queen Victoria died at 81.

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In 1922, Pope Benedict XV died; he was succeeded by Pius XI.

In 1938, Thornton Wilder’s play ‘‘Our Town’’ was performed publicly for the first time in Princeton, N.J.

In 1944, during World War II, Allied forces began landing at Anzio, Italy.

In 1953, the Arthur Miller drama ‘‘The Crucible’’ opened on Broadway.


In 1968, the sketch comedy series ‘‘Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In’’ premiered on NBC-TV.

In 1973, the US 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 64.

In 1998, Theodore Kaczynski pleaded guilty in Sacramento to being the Unabomber in return for life in prison without parole.

In 2008, actor Heath Ledger, 28, was found dead of an accidental prescription overdose in a New York apartment.

In 2012, longtime Penn State coach Joe Paterno, who was fired amid a child sex abuse scandal that scarred his reputation, died at 85. The New England Patriots beat the Baltimore Ravens, 23-20, in the AFC championship game.