Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

On This Day, Jan. 22

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

On This Day, Jan. 22

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1498: During his third voyage to the Western Hemisphere, Christopher Columbus arrived at the present-day Caribbean island of St. Vincent.

1901 Britain's Queen Victoria died at age 81 after a reign of 63 years; she was succeeded by her eldest son, Edward VII.

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

1953: Mayor David L. Lawrence announced his candidacy for a third term in order to see through "to its climax of achievement" Pittsburgh's rebuilding program.

1973: The U.S. Supreme Court, in its Roe v. Wade decision, legalized abortions using a trimester approach.

1987: Pennsylvania treasurer R. Budd Dwyer, convicted of defrauding the state, proclaimed his innocence at a news conference before pulling out a gun and shooting himself to death in front of horrified onlookers.

2007: Mike Tomlin was announced as the new head coach of the Steelers; he would be the first African-American to hold this position in the organization.

2008: Actor Heath Ledger, 28, was found dead of an accidental prescription overdose in a New York City apartment. …

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