John Marshall was appointed Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court
The Beatles released their first album in the United States, Meet the Beatles.
52 American hostages seized from the American Embassy in Tehran were released after 444 days in captivity.
Martin Luther King, Jr., day was celebrated as a federal holiday for the first time.
Hundreds of thousands of people watched in front of the Capitol as President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are sworn into office. Obama makes history as the first African-American U.S. president.
Singer Etta James died less than a week before her 74th birthday.