Under Friday, January 21, the book of history records, among other things:
1627: A decree issued by Emperor Ferdinand II prohibits Catholic doctors from treating Protestants.
1837: Emperor Ferdinand I decrees that the followers of the Augsburg Confession must leave the Zillertal. In September, the “Zillertaler Inclinante” followed the order and emigrated.
1932: The Soviet Union signs a non-aggression pact with Finland and recognizes Finland’s borders.
1937: A chef appears on television for the first time: Marcel Boulestin demonstrates the preparation of an omelet on the BBC.
1942: German troops under General Rommel begin a counterattack in North Africa to regain Cyrenaica.
1962: A Düsseldorf nurse becomes the first victim of a smallpox epidemic.
1972: With the votes of the SPÖ, the establishment of a Federal Ministry for Health and Environmental Protection is decided in the National Council. The first head of department in the Kreisky cabinet will be doctor Ingrid Leodolter.
1987: Swearing-in of the SPÖ-ÖVP coalition government Vranitzky-Mock by Federal President Waldheim.
1997: German Chancellor Helmut Kohl and Czech Prime Minister Václav Klaus sign a bilateral declaration of reconciliation in Prague.
2002: The referendum “Veto against Temelín” (January 14 – 21) is signed by 914,973 people, that is 15.53 percent of those entitled to vote.
birthdays: Ludwig Thoma, German writer (1867-1921); Maxime Weygand, French General (1867-1965); Wolfgang Köhler, German psychologist; co-founder of gestalt psychology (1887-1967); Maria Biljan-Bilger, Austria artist (1912-1997); Konrad Bloch, German-US biochemist, Nobel Prize 1964 (1912-2000); Aristotelis “Telly” Savalas, US actor gr. Hrkft. (1922-1994); Paul Scofield, British actor (1922-2008); Dieter Kirchlechner, Austria actor (1932); Werner Grissmann, former Austrian Alpine Skier (1952).
days of death: Adriaen van de Velde, niederl. Painter (1636-1672); Franz Grillparzer, east. Poet (1791-1872); Božena Němcová, Czech. Writer (1820-1862); Lytton Strachey, engl. Writer (1880-1932); Jean-Jacques Guerlain, frz. Perfumer (1906-1997); “Champion Jack” Dupree, US Blues Musician (1909-1992); Peggy Lee (owner Norma Dolores Egstrom), American. Singer and actress (1920-2002).
name days: Agnes, Walter, Meinrad, Ermburga, Patroklus, Apollonius, Candidus, Dietrich, Lucia.