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Today In History - January 20

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Today in History in 1870 Hiram R. Revels was elected to fill the unexpired term of Jefferson Davis as U.S. Senator for Mississippi (Revels once lived in Lincolnton, N.C.);  and it was Inauguration Day for Franklin D. Roosevelt (1945), John F. Kennedy (1961), Richard Nixon (1969), Ronald Reagan (1981), Bill Clinton (1993) and in 2009 Barack Obama.

Our on this day in history archives contain over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:

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
  • 1801 - John Marshall appointed US chief justice
  • 1841 - China cedes Hong Kong to the British during the 1st Opium War
  • 1870 - Hiram R. Revels elected to fill unexpired term of Jefferson Davis as US Senator for Mississippi
  • 1887 - US Senate approves naval base lease of Pearl Harbor
  • 1936 - Edward VIII succeeds British king George V
  • 1942 - Nazi officials hold notorious Wannsee conference in Berlin to organize the "final solution", the extermination of Europe's Jews
  • 1945 - Franklin D. Roosevelt sworn-in for an unprecedented 4th term as US President
  • 1961 - Robert Frost recites "Gift Outright" at JFK's inauguration
  • 1961 - The Democrat J.F. Kennedy is inaugurated as President of the United States, the youngest ever sworn in
  • 1969 - Richard M Nixon inaugurated as US president
  • 1981 - Ronald Reagan inaugurated as 40th US President
  • 1989 - Reagan becomes 1st president elected in a "0" year, since 1840, to leave office alive
  • 1993 - Bill Clinton inaugurated as 42nd US President
  • 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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Famous Birthdays

  • 1888 - Lead Belly, Louisiana, blues 12 string guitarist (Rock Island Line), (d. 1949)
  • 1896 - George Burns, [Nathan Birnbaum], actor/comedian (Oh God), born in NYC, New York
  • 1920 - DeForest Kelley, actor (Dr McCoy-Star Trek), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1926 - Patricia Neal, Packard Ky, actress (Hud, Subject Was Roses), (d. 2010)
  • 1930 - Edwin Aldrin Jr, Montclair NJ, USAF/astro (Gem 12, Ap 11)
  • 1956 - Bill Maher, New York New York, American comedian and political commentator (Real Time with Bill Maher, Politically Incorrect)
  • 1958 - Lorenzo Lamas, actor (Lance-Falcon Crest, California Fever), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1969 - Melissa Rivers, TV hostess (MTV, CBS Morning News), born in NYC, New York

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

Famous Deaths

  • 1936 - George V, King of Britain (1910-36), dies at 70
  • 1993 - Audrey Hepburn, actress (Roman Holiday), dies of colon cancer at 63

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