This Day in History: January 22nd

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – The Unabomber pleads guilty, and long before he was knocking out the fat in kitchens, George Foreman was knocking out Joe Frazier. All this and more in today’s “This Day in History”.

On this day in 1998, Ted Kaczynski, better known as the “Unabomber” pleads guilty to all federal charges against him.

On this day in 1973, The Supreme Court decriminalized with their decision in Roe v. Wade.

In sports, on the same day as Roe v. Wade, 1973, George Foreman defeated reigning champion Joe Frazier in less than five minutes to become the new champion. Foreman’s victory at the “Sundown Showdown,” was considered a huge upset at the time.

On this day in 1968, the NBA announced it would add two new teams. They were the Milwaukee Bucks and the Phoenix Suns.

On a sad note, Heath Ledger was found dead of an accidental prescription drug overdose, on this day in 2008. The 28-year-old Heath Ledger was found by his masseuse and housekeeper on the floor of his rented apartment. He would go on to posthumously win an Academy Award for his role as “The Joker” in The Dark Knight that following year.

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