Saturday, January 20th 2018

Today is the 20th day of 2018.  There are 345 days left in this year.

What Happened On This Day In History?

1265 The first English parliament met in Westminster Hall, convened by the Earl of Leicester, Simon de Montfort.
1783 The British and U.S. commissioners signed a preliminary "Cessation of Hostilities," which led to the Treaty of Paris and Treaty of Versailles, thus ending the Revolutionary War.
1801 John Marshall was appointed chief justice of the United States.
1839 Chile defeated a confederation of Peru and Bolivia in the Battle of Yungay.
1841 The island of Hong Kong was ceded to Great Britain. (It returned to Chinese control in July 1997.)
1887 The U.S. Senate approved an agreement to lease Pearl Harbor in Hawaii as a naval base.
1920 The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is formed.
1937 President Franklin Delano Roosevelt becomes the first United States president to be sworn into office on January 20, as required by the 20th Amendment to the Constitution. Inaugurations had previously been on March 4.
1942 Nazi officials held the notorious Wannsee conference, during which they arrived at their "final solution" that called for exterminating Europe's Jews.
1945 Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the only president to be elected to three terms in office, was inaugurated to his fourth term.
1961 John F. Kennedy was sworn in as the 35th president of the United States.
1977 President Jimmy Carter was sworn in and then surprised the nation as he walks from the U.S. Capitol to the White House.
1981 Iran released 52 Americans held hostage for 444 days, minutes after the presidency had passed from Jimmy Carter to Ronald Reagan.
1982 Five companies agreed to cooperate on the construction of a camcorder: Hitachi, JVC, Philips, Matsushita, and Sony.
1986 The United States observed the first federal holiday in honor of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.
1986 Britain and France announced plans to build the Channel Tunnel.
1987 Anglican Church envoy Terry Waite disappeared in Beirut, Lebanon, while attempting to negotiate the release of Western hostages. He was freed in November 1991.
1993 Bill Clinton was sworn in as the 42nd president of the United States.
1994 Shannon Faulkner became the first woman to attend classes at The Citadel in South Carolina. Faulkner joined the cadet corps in August 1995 under court order but soon dropped out.
1996 Yasser Arafat was elected president of the Palestinian National Council, becoming the first democratically-elected leader of the Palestinian people in history.

Born on this day

1435 Ashikaga Yoshimasa, the eighth shogun of the Ashikaga shogunate who reigned from 1449 to 1473 during the Muromachi period of Japan.
1896 George Burns (Nathan Birnbaum), American comedian, entertainer was born in New York City.
1906 Aristotle Onassis, Greek shipping magnate, once married to Jackie Kennedy.
1920 Federico Fellini, Italian film director, screenwriter was born in Rimini, Italy.
1926 Patricia Neal, actor.
1930 Buzz (Edwin) Aldrin Jr., American astronaut aboard Apollo 11, second man to walk on the moon.
1946 David Lynch, motion-picture director.
1956 Bill Maher, American comedian, actor, writer, and political analyst.

Died on this day

1936 Britain's King George V died; he was succeeded by Edward VIII.
1984 Johnny Weissmuller, Romanian-born swimmer and film actor.
1990 Actress Barbara Stanwyck died in Santa Monica, Calif., at age 82.
1993 Actress Audrey Hepburn died in Switzerland at age 63.
2003 Al Hirschfeld, American graphic artist, at 99.
2005 Miriam Rothschild, British zoologist, entomologist and author.

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