Today in history: January 21
Lee Harvey Oswald's mother visited the White House — nearly three years before JFK's assassination
Marguerite Oswald
Marguerite Oswald (AP Photo/Ferd Kaufman)

Jan. 21, 1961: The mother of Lee Harvey Oswald, Marguerite, visits the White House — to ask the Kennedy administration for help finding her son. The U.S. government wanted to know where he was too; but no one had heard from Lee Harvey Oswald in more than a year — after he defected to the Soviet Union.

Jan. 21, 1977: Jimmy Carter issued a pardon to all Vietnam war draft dodgers. Carter's pardon didn't include deserters — those who served in the war and left before their tour was completed — or soldiers who received a less-than-honorable discharge.

Quote of the Day

"Officeholders are the agents of the people, not their masters." -Grover Cleveland

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