On This Day for 20th January

Historical Events

  • 1265 The first Parliament of England summoned other than by royal command (in this instance by Simon de Montfort, Earl of Leicester) met in Westminster Hall
  • 1841 China cedes Hong Kong to the British during the 1st Opium War
  • 1942 Nazi officials hold notorious Wannsee conference in Berlin to organise the "final solution", the extermination of Europe's Jews
  • 1945 Franklin D. Roosevelt sworn-in for an unprecedented (and never to be repeated) 4th term as US President
  • 1981 Ronald Reagan inaugurated as 40th US President
  • 2009 Barack Obama, inaugurated as the 44th President of the United States of America, becomes the United States' first African-American president

Did You Know?

Investigator, first ship to effect northwest passage, leaves England

On January 20th, 1850

Famous Weddings

  • 1382 King Richard II of England marries Anne of Bohemia and daughter of the Holy Roman Emperor at Westminster Abbey. Anne died of plague in 1394.
  • 1800 Napoleon I's sister Carolina marries King Joachim Murat of Naples
  • 1968 Actress Sharon Tate (24) weds actor/director Roman Polanski (34) in Chelsea, London
  • 2001 "Fast Lane" actor Peter Facinelli (27) weds actress and director Jennie Garth (28) at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Montecito, California