History: January 22, 2019

1901
Queen Victoria dies, ending what was then the longest reign in British history.

She is credited with maintaining the legacy of the British monarchy while other European states sought revolution and democracy.

The British parliament evolved into a freer political system with time.

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1919
Representatives of both Ukrainian’s People’s Republic and West Ukrainian’s People’s Republic sign the Act Zluky.

Both states emerged from the turmoil of the First World War and the October Revolution as far-left states.

As Soviet influence increased, the West state threw in with the communists. The other country was strongarmed into Soviet control.

By signing the Act Zluky, the Soviets unified the two countries as a Soviet Republic. But the union wouldn’t last long. One fragment of the country would split off into Poland. With World War II brewing, it didn’t matter much anyway.

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1973
President Johnson dies.

Following his sting in the White House, he retired to his ranch in Texas, where he took on construction projects and maintained the animals.

The day before his fatal heart attack, he attended the inauguration of Richard Nixon, who spoke of peace in Vietnam and dismantling Johnson’s Great Society. The next day, Johnson kicked the bucket.

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1973
The Supreme Court hands down Roe v. Wade, making abortion legal federally.

By 1900, most states had outlawed abortion, which were strengthened in many state legislatures in the 1930s. Meanwhile, on the coasts, pro-life laws were dismantled.

The Justices leveraged the Fourteenth Amendment and the right to privacy to rule in favor of Jane Roe, whose real name was Norma McCorvey.

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