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This Day in History for January 21 – Carter Pardons Draft Evaders and More

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Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1789 – The first American novel, ‘The Power of Sympathy or the Triumph of Nature Founded in Truth,’ is printed in Boston, Massachusetts (More info)

1954 – The USS Nautilus, the first nuclear-powered submarine, is launched (More info)

1977 – President Jimmy Carter pardons nearly all American Vietnam War draft evaders, some of whom had emigrated to Canada (More info)

1990 – John McEnroe is the first tennis player since 1963 to be disqualified from a Grand Slam tournament for misconduct (More info)

1997 – Newt Gingrich becomes the first leader of the United States House of Representatives to be internally disciplined for ethical misconduct (More info)

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