What Happened on January 20

Significant Events

  • 1265 First English Parliament summoned other than by royal command (in this instance by Simon de Montfort, Earl of Leicester) mets in Westminster Hall
  • 1841 China cedes Hong Kong to the British during the 1st Opium War
  • 1921 Republic of Turkey declared out of remnants of Ottoman Empire
  • 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 the 40th President of the United States of America
  • 2009 Barack Obama, inaugurated as the 44th President of the United States of America, becomes the United States' first African-American president
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January 20 in Film & TV

January 20 in Music

  • 1971 Single "What's Going On" by Marvin Gaye about police brutality is released

January 20 in Sport

Did You Know?

Houston Cougars defeat the UCLA Bruins 71-69 to win basketball's Game of the Century and end UCLA's 47 game winning streak

On January 20, 1968


Would You Believe?

Heavy metal musician Ozzy Osbourne bites the head off a bat on stage in Des Moines, Iowa

On January 20, 1982

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
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