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On This Day in History - January 21, 2014

General Thomas Jonathan 'Stonewall' Jackson
On this day in America in 1954, the world's first and largest (97 meters long) nuclear powered submarine was launched by the U.S. navy, the USS Nautilus. Also on this day in America in 2004, the record industry sues computer users for illegally distributing its music over the internet. Also on this day in America in 1737, American Revolutionary Commander and founding father of Vermont, Ethan Allen was born in Litchfield, Connecticut. Also on this day in America in 1824, one of the most skilled and feared Confederate general's whose death in 1863 reversed the fortunes of the Confederacy during the Civil War, General Thomas Jonathan 'Stonewall' Jackson was born in Clarksburg, Virginia (now West Virginia). Lastly on this day in America in 1977, President Jimmy Carter demonstrates why he was unfit to ever be considered Commander in Chief, by unconditionally pardoning American draft evaders, both those who did not register for the draft and those that fled to Canada.

Ezekiel Hart
On this day in Canada in 1807, Ezekiel Hart was elected to the Lower Canada assembly, becoming the first Jew elected to a Canadian legislature. Also on this day in Canadian history in 1721, military and civilian Governor of Quebec from 1760-1768 after having fought and won it from the French during the battle of the Plains of Abraham, General James Murray was born in Ballencrieff, East Lothian, Scotland. Lastly on this day in Canada in 1864, William Betty was granted 2,000 acres on the site of what is today, the popular tourist and cottaging town of Parry Sound, Ontario.

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