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1801John Marshall appointed US chief justice

1807Napoleon convenes great Sanhedrin, Paris

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

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

1936Edward VIII succeeds British king George V

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

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

1949Pres Harry Truman announces his point 4 program

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

1957Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Tampa Golf Open

1958Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Tampa Golf Open

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

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

1971John Lennon meets Yoko Ono's parents in Japan

1980President Jimmy Carter announces US boycott of Olympics in Moscow

1981Ronald Reagan inaugurated as 40th US President

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

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

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

19861st federal holiday honoring Martin Luther King Jr

1987Bank robber Robert Alan Litchfield is arrested at Lake Tahoe

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

1991Jane Geddes wins LPGA Jamaica Golf Classic

1993Bill Clinton inaugurated as 42nd US President

On This Day In History
Date Event
Jan 20, 250
St Fabian ends his reign as Catholic Pope (236-50) 
Jan 20, 820
Book of mother, published 
Jan 20, 1045
Giovanni di Sabina elected Pope Sylvester III 
Jan 20, 1156
According to legend, freeholder Lalli slays English crusader Bishop Henry with an axe on the ice of lake Köyliönjärvi in Finland. 
Jan 20, 1265
1st English Parliament called into session by Earl of Leicester 
Jan 20, 1320
Duke Wladyslaw Lokietek becomes king of Poland 
Jan 20, 1356
Edward Balliol abdicates as King of Scots. 
Jan 20, 1502
The present-day location of Rio de Janeiro is first explored. 
Jan 20, 1503
Casa Contratacion (Board of Trade) found (Spain) to deal with American affairs 
Jan 20, 1513
Christian II succeeds Johan I as Danish/Norwegian king 
Jan 20, 1523
Christian II is forced to abdicate as King of Denmark and Norway. 
Jan 20, 1576
The Mexican city of León is founded by order of the viceroy Don Martín Enríquez de Almansa. 
Jan 20, 1613
Peace of Knarodends War of Kalmar between Denmark & Sweden 
Jan 20, 1648
Cornerstone of Amsterdam townhall laid 
Jan 20, 1667
Treaty of Andrussovo-ends 13 year war between Poland & Russia 
Jan 20, 1778
1st American military court martial trial begins, Cambridge, Mass 
Jan 20, 1781
1st edition of Pieter It Hoens "Post of Neder-Rhijn" published 
Jan 20, 1783
Hostilities cease in Revolutionary War 
Jan 20, 1785
Samuel Ellis advertises to sell Oyster Island (Ellis Is), no takers 
Jan 20, 1788
Pioneer African Baptist church organizes in Savannah, Ga 
Jan 20, 1801
John Marshall appointed US chief justice 
Jan 20, 1807
Napoleon convenes great Sanhedrin, Paris 
Jan 20, 1809
1st US geology book published by William Maclure 
Jan 20, 1839
In the Battle of Yungay, Chile defeats a Peruvian and Bolivian alliance. 
Jan 20, 1840
Dumont D'Urville discovers Adélie Land, Antarctica 
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