On this day: January 21

Published On: Jan 18 2013 02:57:15 PM CST   Updated On: Jan 21 2014 01:00:00 AM CST

Louis XVI is guillotined, the first nuclear-powered submarine launches, the nation catches "Saturday Night Fever," and President Reagan's second inauguration heads indoors, all on this day.

OTD January 21 - Georges Melies
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1938: Georges Méliès, the French illusionist and filmmaker famous for sparking many innovations in the earliest days of cinema, dies of cancer at age 76 in Paris, France. He was among the first filmmakers to use multiple exposures, time-lapse photography, dissolves and hand-painted color in his films. Méliès is best known for his 1902 film "A Trip to the Moon" and 1904's "The Impossible Voyage."

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