[What the opponents of Roe v. Wade seem unable or unwilling to understand - I mean, how could they, since a diet of strong rhetoric is antithetical to understanding - is that absolutely no one is pro-abortion... If they were I'd be the first person to oppose them. Being pro-choice is about not wanting strangers to be able to tell you what to do with your body; once these zealots get the right to force women to carry babies they don't want to full term, whose bodies are they going to go after next? I think I know. Will they allow me to force them not to go to church anymore? I didn't think so..]
565 CE - Eutychius was deposed as Patriarch of Constantinople by his eventual successor, John Scholasticus, while celebrating the feast day of St. Timotheus; Byzantine Emperor Justinian the Great had masterminded the coup himself, but didn't live to see Eutychius return from his exile at Amasea a dozen years later and resume the role during the reign of Justin II.
1506 - The first contingent of 150 Swiss Guards arrived at the Vatican.
1863 - The January Uprising broke out in Poland, Lithuania and Belarus; the aim of the national movement is to regain Polish-Lithuanian-Ruthenian Commonwealth from occupation of Russia.
1877 - Anglican clergyman Arthur Tooth was taken into custody at London's Horsemonger Lane Gaol after being prosecuted for using ritualist practices.
1879 - During the Anglo-Zulu War Zulu troops defeated British troops at the Battle of Isandlwana while on the same day at Battle of Rorke's Drift 139 British soldiers successfully defend their garrison against an intense assault by four to five thousand Zulu warriors.
1890 - The United Mine Workers of America was founded in Columbus, Ohio.
1901 - Queen Victoria died; Edward VII became King.
1905 - When unarmed, peaceful demonstrators marching to present a petition to Tsar Nicholas II were gunned down by the Imperial Guard in St. Petersburg the day became known as Bloody Sunday, and the event sparked the 1905 revolution.
1924 - Ramsay MacDonald became the UK's first Labour Prime Minister.
1931 - Sir Isaac Isaacs was sworn in as the first Australian-born Governor-General of Australia.
1957 - New York City's 'Mad Bomber', George P. Metesky, was arrested in Waterbury, Connecticut, and charged with planting more than 30 bombs since 1940.
1968 - Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In made its television debut on NBC.
1973 - The US Supreme Court handed down its decision in the case of Roe v. Wade; the measure was opposed only by Byron White and William Rehnquist.
1987 - R. Budd Dwyer, a state politician from Pennsylvania embroiled in controversy, committed suicide on live television during a press conference.
1992 - Dr. Roberta Bondar became the first Canadian woman in space during NASA's Space Shuttle mission STS-42.
1997 - Madeleine Albright became the first woman to serve as US Secretary of State.
1999 - Australian missionary Graham Staines and his two sons were burned alive by a mob of radical Hindus while sleeping in their car in Eastern India.
2002 - Kmart Corp became the largest retailer in American history to file for bankruptcy protection under Chapter 11.
2007 - The jury portion of the trial against Robert Pickton, accused of being Canada's worst serial killer, opened in New Westminster, British Columbia; in December 2007 he was found guilty on six counts of second-degree murder, and still awaits trial on 20 more.
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