Vladimir Lenin Dead, Alger Hiss Convicted, Carter Pardons Dodgers

On this day: January 21
The Italian Communist Party is founded at Livorno (1921)

Vladimir Lenin dies; a lengthy power struggle between Leon Trotsky and Joseph Stalin begins (1924)

Alger Hiss is convicted of perjury (1950)

President Jimmy Carter pardons nearly all American Vietnam War draft evaders (1977)

At 7:35 EST, B. Hussein Obama retakes the botched Presidential Oath of Office, again administered by Chief Justice John G. Roberts, before four print journalists (2009)

President B. Hussein Obama flexes his executive muscle, issuing the "Volcker rule" and a host of other proposals for new banking regulation, bypassing Congress (2010)

The POTUS and other senior government official insiders participate in ceremonies related to the prior day's second inauguration (2013)

b: Ivan Ribar (1881), Roger Baldwin (1884), Konrad Emil Bloch (1912); d: King Louis XVI of France executed (1793), Vladimir Lenin (1924)

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