January 21, 1954: The first atomic submarine, the USS Nautilus, was launched at Groton, Conn., as first lady Mamie Eisenhower christened the vessel with the traditional bottle of sparkling wine broken against the bow. (However, the Nautilus did not make its first nuclear-powered run until nearly a year later.)
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.
1937: Count Basie and his band recorded “One O’Clock Jump” for Decca Records (on this date in 1942, they re-recorded the song for Okeh Records).
1950: Former State Department official Alger Hiss, accused of being part of a Communist spy ring, was found guilty in New York of lying to a grand jury.
1968: The Battle of Khe Sanh began during the Vietnam War. An American B-52 bomber carrying four hydrogen bombs crashed in Greenland, killing one crew member and scattering radioactive material.
1977: President Jimmy Carter pardoned almost all Vietnam War draft evaders.
1994: A jury in Manassas, Va., found Lorena Bobbitt not guilty by reason of temporary insanity of maliciously wounding her husband John, whom she’d accused of sexually assaulting her.
Actress Ann Wedgeworth is 80. World Golf Hall of Famer Jack Nicklaus is 74. Opera singer Placido Domingo is 73. Singer Mac Davis is 72. Actress Jill Eikenberry is 67. Country musician Jim Ibbotson (The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band) is 67. Singer-songwriter Billy Ocean is 64. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is 63. Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen is 61. Actor-director Robby Benson is 58. Actress Geena Davis is 58. Basketball Hall of Famer Hakeem Olajuwon is 51. Actress Charlotte Ross is 46. Actor John Ducey is 45. Actress Karina Lombard is 45. Rock musician Mark Trojanowski (Sister Hazel) is 44. Rock singer-songwriter Cat Power is 42. Rock DJ Chris Kilmore (Incubus) is 41. Actor Vincent Laresca is 40. Singer Emma Bunton (Spice Girls) is 38. Actor Jerry Trainor is 37. Country singer Phil Stacey is 36. Rhythm-and-blues singer Nokio (Dru Hill) is 35. Actress Izabella Miko is 33.