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On This Day: January 20th

This is 20th day of the year and 345 days remain in the year.

in history
1801
John Marshall was appointed Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court
1841
As a result of the First Opium War, Hong Kong was ceded to the British.
1885
LaMarcus A. Thompson of Coney Island patented the roller coaster.
1942
The Nazis formulated their "Final Solution" regarding the Jews at the Wannsee Conference.
1964

The Beatles released their first album in the United States, Meet the Beatles.

1981
52 American hostages seized from the American Embassy in Tehran were released after 444 days in captivity.
1981
President Reagan became the oldest president to take office (69 years and 349 days).
1986
Martin Luther King, Jr., day was celebrated as a federal holiday for the first time.
2009
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.
2012
Singer Etta James died less than a week before her 74th birthday.
January 20 BirthdaysBuzz Aldrin

(Edwin Eugene Aldrin, Jr.)
1930– American astronaut.


Joy Adamsonwriter and conservationist
DeForest Kelleyactor
David Lynchfilmmaker
Federico Fellinifilmmaker
Richard Henry Leepolitical leader
Walter Pistoncomposer and teacher
George Burnsactor, comedian



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