January 21 Peace Love Activism

January 21 Peace Love Activism

January 21 Peace Love Activism


The Sullivan Ordinance

January 21 Peace Love Activism

January 21, 1908: The Sullivan Ordinance was passed in New York City making smoking by women illegal. The measure was vetoed by Mayor George B. McClellan Jr. The ordinance was the result of a campaign by the National Anti-Cigarette League. (NYT article) (see Jan 28)

Cleveland Board of Education v. LaFleur

January 21, 1974: in Cleveland Board of Education v. LaFleur the US Supreme Court found that overly restrictive maternity leave regulations in public schools violated the Due Process Clause of the Fifth Amendment and the Fourteenth Amendment. This decision struck down mandatory maternity leave rules. (Oyez site article)  (see Mar 24)

Taylor v. LouisianaJanuary 21 Peace Love Activism

January 21, 1975: the Supreme Court ruled 8 – 1 on this day, in Taylor v. Louisiana, that Louisiana’s procedures for selecting jury pools systematically discriminated against women. In St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana, where the case originated, 53 percent of the people potentially eligible for jury duty were women, but represented only 10 percent of those on the “jury wheel” (the pool from which jurors were selected). The Court ruled that the process violated the Sixth and Fourteenth Amendments to the Constitution.

The decision reversed Hoyt v. Florida (November 20, 1961), in which the Supreme Court had held that the exclusion of women from jury duty was not unconstitutional. Associate Justice William Rehnquist cast the only “No” vote. Rehnquist had consistently opposed on legal trounds court actions seeking equal treatment for women in employment.  (NYT article) (see Oct 7)

US Labor History

January 21 Peace Love Activism

January 21, 1919: 35,000 shipyard workers in Seattle go on strike seeking wage increases. They appealed to the Seattle Central Labor Council for support and within two weeks, more than 100 local unions joined in a call for a general strike to begin on the morning of February 6. The 60,000 total strikers paralyzed the city’s normal activities, while their General Strike Committee maintained order and provided essential services. (Washington dot edu article) (see Feb 24)

Calvin Graham

January 21, 1943: Graham’s mother certified that she “did willingly and knowingly sign consent papers and age certificate to the effect that…Graham was born…on [April  3, 1925] whereas…he was born on April 3, 1930.” He had been 12.years old. When the ship captain was notified Graham was thrown in the brig and stripped of his medals over fraudulent enlistment. Graham was released from the brig after his sister threatened to contact the newspapers. (see Calvin Graham for full story)

The Red Scare

January 21, 1950: a federal jury in New York City found former State Department official Alger Hiss guilty of perjury. The  jury concluded that he made false statements in denying Whittaker Chambers’ allegations that the two men had known each other as Communists in the 1930s. Hiss will serve more than three years in federal prison.  (CW, see February 9, 1950; Hiss, see November 27, 1954)

Nuclear & Chemical Weapons/News

January 21 Peace Love Activism

January 21, 1954:  the first atomic submarine, the USS Nautilus, was launched at Groton, Connecticut. The Nautilus did not make its first nuclear-powered run until nearly a year later. (see Mar 4)

Music et al

(see 1966 Trips Festival for more)

January 21 Peace Love Activism

January 21, 22, & 23 1966:  Trips Festival at Longshoreman’s Hall in San Francisco.

The Trips Festival helped mark the beginning of the hippie counterculture movement in San Francisco. Organized by Stewart Brand, Ramon Sender, Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters, and Bill Graham at the Longshoremen’s Hall for January 21-23, 1966, the event brought together the city’s diverse underground arts scene, including rock music groups, experimental theater performers, dance companies, light show artists and film producers.

The Dead played on the 22 & 23. (LSD, see January 29; Dead, see June 3)


Khe Sanh

January 21 Peace Love Activism

January 21, 1968: at 5:30 a.m., a barrage of shells, mortars and rockets slam into the Marine base at Khe Sanh. Eighteen Marines were killed  and 40 wounded. The attack continued for two days. (see Jan 27)

Executive Order 11967

January 21, 1977: the day after he was sworn in as president, Jimmy Carter issued Executive Order 11967, pardoning anti-Vietnam War protesters facing federal criminal charges. His order involved the dismissal of all pending criminal charges related to violations of the selective service law between August 1964 and March 1973. Anyone unable to reenter the U.S. because of a violation of the selective service act would now be able to enter, as would be any other alien. Finally, any person granted conditional clemency, or granted a pardon, under President Gerald Ford’s plan, announced on September 16, 1974, would be eligible for a pardon under the terms of Carter’s order. Carter also issued Proclamation 4483, which restated Ford’s executive order. (see January 24, 1982)

Technological Milestone

January 21 Peace Love Activism


January 21, 1976: the supersonic Concorde jet was put into service by Britain and France.  (TM, see Apr 11; Concorde, see April 10, 2003)


January 21 Peace Love Activism

January 21, 1998: several news organizations reported the alleged sexual relationship between Lewinsky and Clinton. Clinton denied the allegations as the scandal erupts. (see Clinton for more on impeachment)


January 21 Peace Love Activism

January 21, 2001: Byron De La Beckwith, 80 years old, who was convicted of the 1963 assassination of the civil rights leader Medgar Evers, died at University Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi. (BH, see Jan 27; Evers, see October 10, 2009)


January 21

January 21, 2011, the sole U.S. maker of the anesthetic used in executions announced it would stop manufacturing sodium thiopental to prevent its product from being used to put prisoners to death. Hospira Inc., of Lake Forest, Ill., stopped making its brand of sodium thiopental, Pentothal, at a North Carolina plant early last year because of an unspecified raw material supply problem. When Hospira attempted to move production to a factory in Liscate, Italy, near Milan, Italian authorities demanded assurances that the drug wouldn’t end up in the hands of executioners. Hospira spokesman Dan Rosenberg said company officers couldn’t make that guarantee and decided instead to ‘exit the sodium thiopental market.’

California corrections officials imported a large quantity of sodium thiopental – enough for about 90 executions – from a British distributor in November, before a public outcry in Britain led to a ban on export of the drug to the United States. (see Sept 21)

January 21 Peace Love Activism


January 21, 2015: the California’s judicial code of ethics barred judges from holding “membership in any organization that practices invidious discrimination on the basis of race, sex, gender, religion, national origin, ethnicity or sexual orientation.” On this date the State Supreme Court voted that California judges would no longer be allowed to participate in the Boy Scouts. (LGBTQ, see Jan 23; BSA, see May 21

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