This Weekend In History…

Protestors Storm U.S. Capitol

January 6, 2021

Supporters of outgoing U.S. President Donald Trump storm the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. Thousands of Trump supporters had gathered at the Capitol on January 5th and 6th amid claims of election fraud after Trump lost the 2020 presidential election to Joe Biden. During a speech on January 6th, Trump repeated claims that the election was stolen and stated “If you don’t fight like hell, you’re not going to have a country any more”. Protestors then began assaulting Capitol Police officers, vandalizing, looting, and occupying buildings. The rioters sought to overturn Trump’s election defeat by disrupting that day’s count of electoral votes that would formalize then President-elect Biden’s victory.
After Vice-President Mike Pence rejected claims by Trump and others that the vice president could overturn the election results, gallows were erected west of the Capitol with rioters chanting “Hang Mike Pence“.

Clinton-Lewinsky Affair

January 7, 1998

Monica Lewinsky files an affidavit in the Jones case in which she denies ever having a sexual relationship with U.S. President Bill Clinton. This would later prove to be false.

George Bush Vomits on Prime Minister

January 8, 1992

U.S. President George H. W. Bush vomits in the lap of the Japanese prime minister and collapses to the floor. Bush had ignored a physician’s warning to stay in bed.