Historical Events on January 20
- 1783: General hostilities in the American Revolutionary War come to an end between Great Britain and Spain and France when a peace treaty is officially signed.
- 1788: The third part of the First Fleet finally makes it to Botany Bay on this day. It is decided by Arthur Philip that the area isn’t suitable for a penal colony, so it’s moved to Port Jackson.
- 1841: The British begin occupation of Hong Kong Island.
- 1887: The United States Navy is given permission to lease Pearl Harbor, Hawaii as a naval base by the U.S Senate.
- 1920: The ACLU – the American Civil Liberties Union – is established on this day.
- 1929: The 1st full-length motion picture that was filmed outdoors and with sound, “In Old Arizona”, is released on this day.
- 1936: Edward VIII ascends the throne of the United Kingdom.
- 1941: In Bucharest, Romania, a German officer is killed. This sparks a rebellion and retaliation by the Nazis. Over a hundred and twenty-five Jews are killed and thirty soldiers.
- 1945: The two month process of evacuating over 1.8 million people from East Prussia begins on this day during World War II.
- 1953: Dwight D. Eisenhower is inaugurated as the 34th President of the U.S.
- 1954: Forty charter member radio stations begin the National Negro Network in the U.S.
- 1981: Iran releases over 50 American hostages just 20 minutes after the inauguration of U.S. President Ronald Reagan.
- 2009: Barack Obama is inaugurated as the 44th President of the U.S. He’s the first African-American President of the U.S.
- 2017: Donald Trump is inaugurated as the 45th President of the U.S.
- American mob boss Enoch L. Johnson is born in 1883.
- American journalist and author, Forrest Wilson is born in 1883.
- American actor Leon Ames is born in 1902.
- American comedian, TV host and political commentator, Bill Maher is born in 1956.
- American actor Lorenzo Lamas is born in 1958.
- American author Tami Hoag is born in 1959.
- American author R.A. Salvatore is born in 1959.
- American video game designer and co-founder of Maxis, Will Wright is born in 1960.
- American actor James Denton is born in 1963.
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