Today in History

Today in History

Today in HistoryToday is Tuesday, Jan. 19, the 19th day of 2021. There are 346 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 19, 1981, the United States and Iran signed an accord paving the way for the release of 52 Americans held hostage for more than 14 months. On this date: In 1809, author, poet and critic Edgar Allan Poe was born in Boston.In 1861, Georgia became the fifth state to secede from the Union. In 1915, Germany carried out its first air raid on Britain during World War I as a pair of Zeppelins dropped bombs onto Great Yarmouth and King’s Lynn in England. In 1937, millionaire Howard Hughes set a transcontinental air record by flying his monoplane from Los Angeles to Newark, New Jersey, in 7 hours, 28 minutes and 25 seconds. In 1942, during World War II, Japanese forces captured the British protectorate of North Borneo. A German submarine sank the Canadian liner RMS Lady Hawkins off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, killing 251 people; 71…