Zimmermann Telegram Sent, League of Nations Fail, Jan Palach Dead

On this day: January 19
German Foreign Secretary Arthur Zimmermann sends the Zimmermann Telegram to Mexico, proposing a German-Mexican alliance against the U.S. (1917)

The U.S. Senate votes against joining the League of Nations (1920)

Student Jan Palach dies after setting himself on fire 3 days earlier in Prague's Wenceslas Square to protest the invasion of Czechoslovakia by the Soviet Union (1969)

U.S. and Iranian officials sign an agreement to release 52 American hostages after 14 months of captivity (1981)

Republican Scott Brown wins the Massachusetts Senate special election in spite of President B. Hussein Obama's personal efforts in support of his opponent, Martha Coakley (2010)

b: Janis Joplin (1943); d: Werner Sombart (1863), Pierre-Joseph Proudhon (1865), Martin Durkin (1955), Thomas Kennedy (1963), William O. Douglas (1980), Arthur Goldberg (1990)

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