January 20 Events in History - January 20 Birthdays - January 20 Deaths



2014 Social security numbers and credit cards details of more than 20 million South Koreans are stolen by an IT contractor
2014 Leaders from around the world attend the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland
2013 President Barack Obama is inaugurated in the Blue Room of the White House; this is his second term in office
2013 Austria holds a national referendum on whether or not to retain its system of conscription for the army and social service for young men; they vote to keep military service compulsory
2012 Nearly 2,000 Malawi women protest against attacks on women wearing trousers by unemployed youths and street vendors
2012 fter three years in exile, Madagascar's President, Marc Ravalomanana announces he will return to the country
2011 Save the Children launches a campaign to help 400,000 children in Sri Lanka deal with the crisis following the worst floods in their history
2011 Scientists claim 2010 was the warmest year ever recorded, and the last decade the warmest ever recorded, in 200 years
2010 A week after the 2010 Haiti earthquake, a 6.1 magnitude aftershock strikes Haiti
2009 Barack Obama is inaugurated as the 44th President of the United States
2001 George W. Bush is inaugurated as the 43rd president of the United States
1998 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducts Mama and Papas and Eagles
1998 Warner Brothers TV Network begins Tueday night programming
1997 Comet Hale-Bopp crosses Mars' orbit
1997 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in New Orleans, Louisiana on KKND 106.7 FM
1997 Pakistan defeat West Indies 2-0 to win Australia one-day Series
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 U.S. Female Figure Skating championship won by Michelle Kwan
1996 WPAT FM New York City radio station switches to English-Spanish format
1995 "Love! Valor! Compassion!" opens at Walter Kerr New York City for 276 performances
1995 1994-95 NHL Season begin after a lengthy strike
1995 Russian ruble drops to 3,947 per dollar (record)
1993 Admiral Studeman, serves as acting director of CIA
1993 William J. Clinton inaugurated as 42nd president
1992 Australia beat India 2-0 to win the World Series Cup
1992 Score begins selling international soccer cards
1991 "Black and Blue" closes at Minskoff Theater New York City after 829 performances
1991 "Les Miserables," opens at Pantages Theatre, LA
1991 "Peter Pan" closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater New York City or 45 performances
1991 "Shogun - The Musical" closes at Marquis Theater New York City after 72 performances
1991 13th UCP Telethon
1991 Buffalo Bills beat Los Angeles Raiders 51-3 for AFC title
1991 Jane Geddes wins LPGA Jamaica Golf Classic
1991 U.S. Patriot missiles begins shooting down Iraqi missiles
1991 Matt Barr's field goal with no time left gives New York Giant 15-13 Victory over defending champs San Francisco 49ers, for NFC title
1990 47th Golden Globes: Born on 4th of July, Driving Miss Daisy win
1990 U.S. 64th manned space mission STS-32 (Columbia 10) returns from space
1989 Bush inaugurated as 41st president and Quayle becomes 44th vice pres
1989 Wayne Holdsworth takes a wicket 1st ball in 1st-class cricket
1989 Reagan becomes 1st President elected in a "0" year, since 1840, to leave office alive
1988 Andre Hoffman skates world record 1500m (1:52.06)
1988 Arizona committee opens hearing on impeachment of Governor Evan Mecham
1987 Anglican Church envoy Terry Waite taken hostage in Beirut, Lebanon
1987 Rhino Records 1st #1-Billy Vera and Beaters' "At This Moment"
1986 1st federal holiday honoring Martin Luther King, Jr.
1986 Chunnel announced (railroad tunnel under Canal)
1986 Military coup in Lesotho under general-major Lekhanya and premier Leabua Jonathan
1985 Cold front strikes U.S., at least 40 die (-27 degrees F (-33 degrees C) in Chicago)
1985 Superbowl XIX: San Francisco 49ers beat Miami Dolphins, 38-16 in Stanford Superbowl MVP: Joe Montana, San Francisco, quarterback
1984 U.S. Female Figure Skating championship won by Rosalynn Sumners
1982 7 miners killed in an explosion in Craynor, Kentucky
1982 Honduras constitution goes into effect
1982 Piet Dankert elected chairman of European Parliament
1981 52 Americans held hostage in Iran for 444 days are freed
1981 Admiral 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 and last shut-out opponent-Flames 5-0
1981 Ronald Reagan inaugurated as president
1980 President Jimmy Carter announces U.S. boycott of Olympics in Moscow
1980 U.S. Female Figure Skating championship won by Linda Fratianne
1980 U.S. Male Figure Skating championship won by Charles Tickner
1980 Superbowl MVP: Terry Bradshaw, Pittsburgh, quarterback
1980 Superbowl XIV: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Los Angeles Rams, 31-19 in Pasadena
1978 Columbia Pictures pays $9.5 million for movie rights to "Annie"
1977 George Bush, ends term as 11th director of CIA
1977 Mr. Knoche, serves as acting director of CIA
1976 29th NHL All-Star Game: Wales beat Campbell 7-5 at Philadelphia
1975 5th NFL Pro Bowl: NFC beats AFC 17-10
1975 Terrence McNally's "Ritz," premieres in New York City
1974 4th 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
1971 Ard Schenk skates world record 1000m (1:18.8)
1971 John Lennon meets Yoko Ono's parents in Japan
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 and Marciano
1969 Richard M. Nixon inaugurated as president
1969 University of Arizona reports 1st optical id of pulsar (in Crab Nebula)
1968 Houston ends UCLA's 47-game basketball winning streak, 71-69
1968 U.S. Female Figure Skating championship won by Peggy Fleming
1968 U.S. Male Figure Skating championship won by Tim Wood
1965 Beatles appear on Shindig (ABC-TV)
1965 Byrds record "Mr Tambourine Man"
1965 JPL proposes modified Apollo flight to fly around Mars and return
1965 Generalissimo Francisco Franco meets with Jewish representatives to discuss legitimizing Jewish communities in Spain
1964 "Meet The Beatles" album released in US
1962 "Kean" closes at Broadway Theater New York City after 92 performances
1961 Arthur M Ramsay becomes archbishop of Canterbury
1961 Francis Poulenc's "Gloria," premieres in Boston
1961 Robert Frost recites "Gift Outright" at John F. Kennedy's inauguration
1961 Yugoslav ex-vice-president Milovan Djilas flees
1960 Patrice Lumumba sentenced to 6 months in Belgian Congo
1959 Dmitri Sjostakovitsj' Moscow-Tsjerjomoesjki, premieres in Moscow
1958 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Tampa Golf Open
1958 KUED TV channel 7 in Salt Lake City, UT (PBS) begins broadcasting
1957 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Tampa Golf Open
1957 Gomulka wins Poland's parliamentary election
1957 Morton Gould's "Declaration," premieres in Washington, D.C.
1956 Buddy Holly records "Blue Days Black Night" in Nashville
1955 1st atomic sub, USS Nautilus, launched at Groton Conn
1954 -70 degrees F (-57 degrees C), Rogers Pass, Montana (U.S. 48 state record)
1954 Dmitri Sjostakovitsj' "Concertino opus 94," premieres
1953 1st U.S. telecast transmitted to Canada-from Buffalo NY
1953 1st live coast-to-coast inauguration address (Eisenhower)
1952 British army occupies Ismailiya, Suez Canal Zone
1952 Louise Suggs wins LPGA Tampa Golf Open
1950 "Dance Me a Song" opens at Royale Theater New York City for 35 performances
1950 Suriname becomes independent part in Realm of Netherlands
1949 J Edgar Hoover gives Shirley Temple a tear gas fountain pen
1949 President Truman announces his point 4 program
1947 Brigadier General Edwin K Wright, USA, becomes deputy director of CIA
1946 F Gouin follows De Gaulle as temporary leader of French government
1945 Franklin D. Roosevelt sworn-in for an unprecedented 4th term as president
1944 RAF drops 2300 ton bombs on Berlin
1943 Lead, South Dakota, temp is 52 degrees F, while 1.5 miles away Deadwood SD records -16 degrees F
1943 Operation-Weiss: Assault of German, Italian, Bulgarian and Croatian
1942 Japanese air raid on Rabaul New Britain
1942 Japanese invade Burma
1942 Nazi officials hold notorious Wannsee conference in Berlin deciding on "final solution" calling for extermination of Europe's Jews
1941 Bela Bartok's 6th string quartet, premieres in New York City
1939 Charles Ives' 1st Sonate "Concord," premieres
1939 Hitler proclaims to German parliament to exterminate all European Jews
1937 -45 degrees F (-43 degrees C), Boca, California (state record)
1937 1st Inauguration day on Jan 20th, (held every 4th years there-after)
1936 Edward VIII succeeds British king George V
1934 Japan sends Henry Pu Yi as regent to emperor of Manchuria
1930 1st radio broadcast of "Lone Ranger" (WXYZ-Detroit)
1929 1st feature talking motion picture taken outdoors, "In Old Arizona"
1926 2nd German government of Luther begins
1925 U.S.S.R. and Japan sign treaty of Peking, Seychelles back to U.S.S.R.
1922 Arthur Honegger's ballet "Skating Rink" premieres, Paris
1921 British submarine K5 leaves with man and mouse
1921 Dagestan ASSR forms in RSFSR
1921 Mountain Autonomous Republic established in RSFSR
1921 Turkey declared in remnants of Ottoman Empire
1920 Dutch 2nd Chamber passes school laws
1910 Ottawa Senators sweep Edmonton in 2 for Stanley Cup (2nd of 1910)
1892 1st basketball game played (Mass)
1887 U.S. Senate approves naval base lease of Pearl Harbor
1883 Billy Barnes takes a hat-trick, England vs. Australia MCG
1879 British troops under Lord Chelmsford set camp at Isandlwana
1872 California Stock Exchange Board organized
1870 "City of Boston" vanishes at sea with all 177 aboard
1870 Hiram R. Revels elected to fill unexpired term of Jefferson Davis
1869 Elizabeth Cady Stanton becomes 1st woman to testify before Congress
1868 Florida constitutional convention meets in Tallahassee
1866 Prim's Insurrection in Spain ends
1860 Dutch troops conquer Watampone in Celebes
1850 Investigator, 1st ship to effect northwest passage, leaves England
1841 China cedes Hong Kong to British
1840 Dumont D'Urville discovers Adelie Land, Antarctica
1840 Dutch King Willem II crowned
1809 1st U.S. geology book published by William Maclure
1807 Napoleon convenes great Sanhedrin, Paris
1801 John Marshall appointed U.S. chief justice
1800 Napoleon I's sister Carolina marries King Joachim Murat of Naples
1788 Pioneer African Baptist church organizes in Savannah, Ga
1785 Samuel Ellis advertises to sell Oyster Island (Ellis Island), no takers
1783 Hostilities cease in Revolutionary War
1781 1st edition of Pieter It Hoens "Post of Neder-Rhijn" published
1778 1st American military court martial trial begins, Cambridge, Mass
1667 Treaty of Andrussovo-ends 13 year war between Poland and Russia
1648 Cornerstone of Amsterdam townhall laid
1613 Peace of Knarod ends War of Kalmar between Denmark and Sweden
1513 Christian II succeeds Johan I as Danish/Norwegian king
1503 Casa Contratacion (Board of Trade) found (Spain) to deal with American affairs
1356 Scottish king Edward Baliol resigns
1320 Duke Wladyslaw Lokietek becomes king of Poland
1265 1st English Parliament called into session by Earl of Leicester
1045 Giovanni di Sabina elected Pope Sylvester III
250 Saint Fabian ends his reign as Catholic Pope (236-50)











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