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Notable Historical Events on January 20th

1949Pres Harry Truman announces his point 4 program

1936Edward VIII succeeds British king George V

1958Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Tampa Golf Open

1956Buddy Holly records "Blue Days Black Night" in Nashville

1870Hiram R. Revels elected to fill unexpired term of Jefferson Davis

1993Bill Clinton inaugurated as 42nd US President

1869Elizabeth Cady Stanton becomes 1st woman to testify before US Congress

1985Super Bowl XIX: SF 49ers beat Miami Dolphins, 38-16 in Stanford Super Bowl MVP: Joe Montana, San Francisco, QB

1807Napoleon convenes great Sanhedrin, Paris

1982Darryl Sittler is traded by the Toronto Maple Leafs to the Philadelphia Flyers

1965Generalissimo Francisco Franco meets with Jewish representatives to discuss legitimizing Jewish communities in Spain

1989Reagan becomes 1st pres elected in a "0" year, since 1840, to leave office alive

1991Jane Geddes wins LPGA Jamaica Golf Classic

1961Robert Frost recites "Gift Outright" at JFK's inauguration

2009Barack Obama, inaugurated as the 44th President of the United States of America, becomes the United States' first African-American president

1971John Lennon meets Yoko Ono's parents in Japan

1987Bank robber Robert Alan Litchfield is arrested at Lake Tahoe

1949J. Edgar Hoover gives Shirley Temple a tear gas fountain pen

1981Ronald Reagan inaugurated as 40th US President

1980President Jimmy Carter announces US boycott of Olympics in Moscow

1957Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Tampa Golf Open

1945Franklin D. Roosevelt sworn-in for an unprecedented 4th term as US President

1801John Marshall appointed US chief justice

1983American gangster Roy DeMeo is found murdered in his car trunk after disappearing a few days earlier

January 20th Historical Events
Date Event
250
St Fabian ends his reign as Catholic Pope (236-50) 
820
Book of mother, published 
1045
Giovanni di Sabina elected Pope Sylvester III 
1156
According to legend, freeholder Lalli slays English crusader Bishop Henry with an axe on the ice of lake Köyliönjärvi in Finland. 
1265
1st English Parliament called into session by Earl of Leicester 
1320
Duke Wladyslaw Lokietek becomes king of Poland 
1356
Edward Balliol abdicates as King of Scots. 
1502
The present-day location of Rio de Janeiro is first explored. 
1503
Casa Contratacion (Board of Trade) found (Spain) to deal with American affairs 
1513
Christian II succeeds Johan I as Danish/Norwegian king 
1523
Christian II is forced to abdicate as King of Denmark and Norway. 
1576
The Mexican city of León is founded by order of the viceroy Don Martín Enríquez de Almansa. 
1613
Peace of Knarodends War of Kalmar between Denmark & Sweden 
1648
Cornerstone of Amsterdam townhall laid 
1667
Treaty of Andrussovo-ends 13 year war between Poland & Russia 
1778
1st American military court martial trial begins, Cambridge, Mass 
1781
1st edition of Pieter It Hoens "Post of Neder-Rhijn" published 
1783
Hostilities cease in Revolutionary War 
1785
Samuel Ellis advertises to sell Oyster Island (Ellis Is), no takers 
1788
Pioneer African Baptist church organizes in Savannah, Ga 
1801
John Marshall appointed US chief justice 
1807
Napoleon convenes great Sanhedrin, Paris 
1809
1st US geology book published by William Maclure 
1839
In the Battle of Yungay, Chile defeats a Peruvian and Bolivian alliance. 
1840
Dumont D'Urville discovers Adélie Land, Antarctica 
1840
Dutch King Willem II crowned 
1841
China cedes Hong Kong to the British during the 1st Opium War 
1850
Investigator, 1st ship to effect northwest passage, leaves England 
1860
Dutch troops conquer Watampone in Celebes 
1866
Prim's Insurrection in Spain ends 
1868
Florida constitutional convention meets in Tallahassee 
1869
Elizabeth Cady Stanton becomes 1st woman to testify before US Congress 
1870
"City of Boston" vanishes at sea with all 177 aboard 
1870
Hiram R. Revels elected to fill unexpired term of Jefferson Davis 
1872
California Stock Exchange Board organized 
1879
British troops under Lord Chelmsford set camp at Isandlwana 
1883
Billy Barnes takes a hat-trick, England v Aust MCG 
1887
US Senate approves naval base lease of Pearl Harbor 
1892
1st basketball game played (Mass) 
1905
The US begins supervision of the Dominican Republic's national and international debts, testing Roosevelt's 'Corollary' to the Monroe Doctrine 
1910
Ottawa Senators sweep Edmonton in 2 for Stanley Cup (2nd of 1910) 
1914
The first group of Transvaal Indian women satyagrahis are released from Pietermaritzburg Prison in South Africa after three months imprisonment 
1920
Dutch 2nd Chamber passes school laws 
1920
The American Civil Liberties Union is founded. 
1921
British submarine K5 leaves with man & mouse 
1921
Dagestan ASSR forms in RSFSR 
1921
Mountain Autonomous Republic established in RSFSR 
1921
Turkey declared in remnants of Ottoman Empire 
1922
Arthur Honegger's ballet "Skating Rink" premieres, Paris 
1925
USSR & Japan sign treaty of Peking, Seychelles back to USSR 
1926
2nd German government of Luther begins 
1929
1st feature talking motion picture taken outdoors, "In Old Arizona" 
1930
1st radio broadcast of "Lone Ranger" (WXYZ-Detroit) 
1934
Japan sends Henry Pu Yi as regent to emperor of Manchuria 
1936
Edward VIII succeeds British king George V 
1937
-45°F (-43°C), Boca, California (state record) 
1937
1st US Presidential Inauguration day held on Jan 20th, (previously March 4th) 
1939
Charles Ives' 1st Sonate "Concord," premieres 
1941
Bela Bartok's 6th string quartet, premieres in NYC 
1942
Japanese air raid on Rabaul New Britain 
1942
Japanese invade Burma 
1942
Nazi officials hold notorious Wannsee conference in Berlin to organise the "final solution", the extermination of Europe's Jews 
1943
Lead SD, temp is 52°F, while 1.5 miles away Deadwood SD records -16°F 
1943
Operation-Weiss: Assault of German, Italian, Bulgarian & Croatian 
1944
RAF drops 2300 ton bombs on Berlin 
1945
Franklin D. Roosevelt sworn-in for an unprecedented 4th term as US President 
1945
The Hungarian Provisional Government concludes an armistice with the USSR, US, and Britain, agree to pay reparations and to join the war against Germany 
1946
F Gouin follows De Gaulle as temporary leader of French government 
1947
Brigadier General Edwin K Wright, USA, becomes deputy director of CIA 
1949
J. Edgar Hoover gives Shirley Temple a tear gas fountain pen 
1949
Pres Harry Truman announces his point 4 program 
1950
"Dance Me a Song" opens at Royale Theater NYC for 35 performances 
1950
Suriname becomes independent part in Realm of Netherlands 
1952
British army occupies Ismailiya, Suez Canal Zone 
1952
Louise Suggs wins LPGA Tampa Golf Open 
1953
1st US telecast transmitted to Canada-from Buffalo NY 
1953
1st live coast-to-coast inauguration address (Eisenhower) 
1954
-70°F (-57°C), Rogers Pass, Montana (US 48 state record) 
1954
Dmitri Sjostakovitsj' "Concertino opus 94," premieres 
1954
The National Negro Network is established with 40 charter member radio stations. 
1955
1st atomic sub, USS Nautilus, launched at Groton Conn 
1956
Buddy Holly records "Blue Days Black Night" in Nashville 
1957
Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Tampa Golf Open 
1957
Gomulka wins Poland's parliamentary election 
1957
Morton Gould's "Declaration," premieres in Washington, DC 
1958
Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Tampa Golf Open 
1958
KUED TV channel 7 in Salt Lake City, UT (PBS) begins broadcasting 
1959
Dmitri Sjostakovitsj' Moscow-Tsjerjomoesjki, premieres in Moscow 
1960
Patrice Lumumba sentenced to 6 months in Belgian Congo 
1961
Arthur M Ramsay becomes archbishop of Canterbury 
1961
Francis Poulenc's "Gloria," premieres in Boston 
1961
Robert Frost recites "Gift Outright" at JFK's inauguration 
1961
Yugoslav ex-vice-president Milovan Djilas flees 
1962
"Kean" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 92 performances 
1964
"Meet The Beatles" album released in US 
1965
Beatles appear on Shindig (ABC-TV) 
1965
Byrds record "Mr Tambourine Man" 
1965
JPL proposes modified Apollo flight to fly around Mars & return 
1965
Generalissimo Francisco Franco meets with Jewish representatives to discuss legitimizing Jewish communities in Spain 
1968
Houston ends UCLA's 47-game basketball winning streak, 71-69 
1968
US female Figure Skating championship won by Peggy Fleming 
1968
US male Figure Skating championship won by Tim Wood 
1968
The Houston Cougars defeat the UCLA Bruins 71-69 to win the Game of the Century. 
1969
Richard M Nixon inaugurated as president 
1969
U of Az reports 1st optical id of pulsar (in Crab Nebula) 
1970
20th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 142-135 at Philadelphia 
1970
23rd NHL All-Star Game: East beat West 4-1 at St Louis 
1970
Super Fight, computer mock championship between Ali & Marciano 
1971
Ard Schenk skates world record 1000m (1:18.8) 
1971
John Lennon meets Yoko Ono's parents in Japan 
1972
Six oil exporting countries conclude meetings with Western oil companies; an agreement is reached to raise the posted price of crude by 8.49 percent to offset the loss in value of oil concessions attributable to the decline in value of the US. dollar 
1973
A car bomb explodes in Sackville Place, Dublin, Republic of Ireland, killing 1 person and injuring 17 (no organisation claimed responsibility) 
1974
24th NFL Pro Bowl: AFC beats NFC 15-13 
1974
7th ABA All-Star Game: East 128 beats West 112 at Virginia 
1974
A college basketball game ends 210-67 
1974
Essex Comm College beats Englewood Cliffs 210-67 in basketball 
1975
25th NFL Pro Bowl: NFC beats AFC 17-10 
1975
Terrence McNally's "Ritz," premieres in NYC 
1976
29th NHL All-Star Game: Wales beat Campbell 7-5 at Phila 
1977
George H W Bush, ends term as 11th director of CIA 
1977
Mr Knoche, serves as acting director of CIA 
1978
Columbia Pictures pays $9.5 million for movie rights to "Annie" 
1979
1 million Iranians march in Tehran in a show of support for the exiled Ayatollah Khomeini, fundamentalist Muslim leader 
1980
President Jimmy Carter announces US boycott of Olympics in Moscow 
1980
US female Figure Skating championship won by Linda Fratianne 
1980
US male Figure Skating championship won by Charles Tickner 
1980
Super Bowl XIV: Pittsburgh Steelers beat LA Rams, 31-19 in Pasadena, MVP: Terry Bradshaw, Pittsburgh, QB 
1981
52 Americans held hostage in Iran for 444 days freed 
1981
Adm Stansfield Turner, USN (Ret), ends term as 12th director of CIA 
1981
Frank C Carlucci, ends term as deputy director of CIA 
1981
Islander Glenn Resch's 25th & last shut-out opponent-Flames 5-0 
1981
Ronald Reagan inaugurated as 40th US President 
1982
7 miners killed in an explosion in Craynor Ky 
1982
Honduras constitution goes into effect 
1982
Piet Dankert elected chairman of European Parliament 
1982
Darryl Sittler is traded by the Toronto Maple Leafs to the Philadelphia Flyers 
1983
American gangster Roy DeMeo is found murdered in his car trunk after disappearing a few days earlier 
1984
US female Figure Skating championship won by Rosalynn Sumners 
1985
Cold front strikes US, at least 40 die (-27°F (-33°C) in Chicago) 
1985
Super Bowl XIX: SF 49ers beat Miami Dolphins, 38-16 in Stanford Super Bowl MVP: Joe Montana, San Francisco, QB 
1986
1st federal holiday honoring Martin Luther King Jr 
1986
Chunnel announced (railroad tunnel under Canal) 
1986
Milt coup in Lesotho under gen-mjr Lekhanya & premier Leabua Jonathan 
1987
Anglican Church envoy Terry Waite taken hostage in Beirut, Lebanon 
1987
Rhino Records 1st #1-Billy Vera & Beaters' "At This Moment" 
1987
8th ACE Cable Awards: Ted Turner wins the Golden CableACE 
1987
Bank robber Robert Alan Litchfield is arrested at Lake Tahoe 
1988
Andre Hoffman skates world record 1500m (1:52.06) 
1988
Arizona committee opens hearing on impeachment of Gov Evan Mecham 
1989
George H W Bush inaugurated as 41st US President & Dan Quayle becomes 44th Vice President 
1989
Wayne Holdsworth takes a wicket 1st ball in 1st-class cricket 
1989
Reagan becomes 1st pres elected in a "0" year, since 1840, to leave office alive 
1990
47th Golden Globes: Born on 4th of July, Driving Miss Daisy win 
1990
US 64th manned space mission STS 32 (Columbia 10) returns from space 
1990
Black January - crackdown of Azerbaijani pro-independence demonstrations by Soviet army in Baku. 
1991
"Black & Blue" closes at Minskoff Theater NYC after 829 performances 
1991
"Les Miserables," opens at Pantages Theatre, LA 
1991
"Peter Pan" closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC or 45 performances 
1991
"Shogun - The Musical" closes at Marquis Theater NYC after 72 perfs 
1991
13th UCP Telethon 
1991
Buffalo Bills beat LA Raiders 51-3 for AFC title 
1991
Jane Geddes wins LPGA Jamaica Golf Classic 
1991
US Patriot missiles begins shooting down Iraqi missiles 
1991
Matt Barr's field goal with no time left gives NY Giant 15-13 Victory over defending champs SF 49ers, for NFC title 
1991
Sudan's government imposes Islamic law nationwide, worsening the civil war between the country's Muslim north and Christian south. 
1992
Australia beat India 2-0 to win the World Series Cup 
1992
Score begins selling international soccer cards 
1993
Adm Studeman, serves as acting director of CIA 
1993
Bill Clinton inaugurated as 42nd US President 
1995
"Love! Valor! Compassion!" opens at Walter Kerr NYC for 276 perfs 
1995
1994-95 NHL Season begin after a lengthy strike 
1995
Russian ruble drops to 3,947 per dollar (record) 
1996
46th NHL All-Star Game: East beat West 5-4 at Fleet Center Boston 
1996
Australia defeat Sri Lanka 2-0 to win World Series Cup 
1996
US female Figure Skating championship won by Michelle Kwan 
1996
WPAT FM NYC radio station switches to English-Spanish format 
1997
Comet Hale-Bopp crosses Mars' orbit 
1997
Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in New Orleans LA on KKND 106.7 FM 
1997
Pakistan defeat West Indies 2-0 to win Aust one-day Series 
1998
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inducts Mama & Papas & Eagles 
1998
Warner Brothers TV Network begins Tueday night programming 
1999
The China News Service announces new government restrictions on Internet use aimed especially at Internet cafés. 
2001
President of the Philippines Joseph Estrada is ousted in the EDSA II Revolution and succeeded by Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. 
2009
Barack Obama, inaugurated as the 44th President of the United States of America, becomes the United States' first African-American president 
2009
Joe Biden assumes the office of the Vice President of the United States 
2013
Austria votes to maintain compulsory military service in a referendum 
2013
The San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens win the NFC and AFC championship games to reach Super Bowl XLVII 
2014
Credit cards of at least 20 million South Koreans are hacked 
2016
Pakistan University Attack Kills at Least 19, Official Says 
2017
El Chapo, Mexican Drug Kingpin, Extradited to the US 
2017
Obama grants 330 more commutations, bringing total to a record 1715 
2017
Oakland Raiders: NFL team apply to move to Las Vegas in 2020 
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