This Day in History: January 21st

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – President Carter pardons draft dodgers, and John McEnroe’s temper gets him disqualified in Melbourne. All this and more in today’s “This Day in History”.

On this day in 1977, U.S. President Jimmy Carter granted an unconditional pardon to thousands of men who had evaded the draft during the Vietnam War. More 100,000 people went abroad to avoid serving in the war.

On this day in 1949, Americans were able to watch Harry Truman’s inaugural parade. It was the first inaugural parade to ever be televised.

On this day in 1999, one of the biggest drug busts in American history took place. The US Coast Guard intercepted a ship carrying 4,300 kg of cocaine.

On this day in 1924, Vladimir Lenin, the first leader of the Soviet Union, died of a brain hemorrhage. He was 54 years-old.

The “father of modern firearms”, John Moses Browning, was born on this day in 1855.

In sports, on this day in 1990, John McEnroe became the first tennis player since 1963 to be disqualified from a Grand Slam tournament, and the first ever player to be expelled from the Australian Open for misconduct.

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