On January 20th...
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Giovanni di Sabina was elected Pope
to legend, freeholder Lalli slayed English
crusader Bishop Henry with an axe on the ice of
Lake Köyliönjärvi in Finland.
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
Wladyslaw Lokietek became King of Poland.
Balliol abdicated as King of Scotland.
present-day location of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil,
was first explored.
II was forced to abdicate as King of Denmark and
Charles III of Spain was born.
1732 Richard Henry Lee, signer of the Declaration of
Independence, was born.
King Charles IV of Spain died.
1831 David Josiah Brewer, Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme
Court, was born.
Dumont D'Urville discovered Adélie Land,
China ceded Hong Kong to the British.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton became
the first woman to testify before the U.S.
1870 Hiram Revels was elected to fill
unexpired term of Jefferson Davis as US Senator
Pianist Josef Hofmann was born.
Violinist Mischa Elman was born.
1895 Eva Alberta Jessye, singer and choral director, was born.
Comedian George Burns was born.
Naturalist Joy Adamson was born.
The American Civil Liberties Union was founded.
1920 Errol Walton Barrow, the first Prime Minister of Barbados,
1920 Film director Federico
Fellini was born.
1920 Actor DeForest Kelley was
Country singer Slim Whitman was born.
Comedian Arte Johnson was born.
"Lone Ranger" was broadcast on the
radio for the first time.
Astronaut "Buzz" Aldrin was
Actor Tom Baker was born.
King George V of Great Britain died.
1937 Franklin Delano
Roosevelt became the
first U.S. President to be inaugurated on January
Rock musician Paul Stanley was born.
1953 President-elect Dwight D. Eisenhower gave the first inaugural speech to be
broadcast on television from coast to coast.
The first nuclear powered submarine, USS Nautilus, was
launched at Groton, Connecticut.
1956 Talk show
host Bill Maher was born.
Lorenzo Lamas was born.
1964 J.D. Webber
flew the propjet Beech Kin Air 90 for the first
1964 Baseball player Ozzie Guillen was
1965 Disc jockey
Alan Freed died.
Jimmy Durante died.
Americans who had been held hostage in Iran for
444 days were freed.
Johnny Weismuller died.
Church envoy Terry Waite was taken hostage in
Barbara Stanwyck died.
Audrey Hepburn died.
Caricaturist Al Hirschfeld died.
2012 Singer Etta
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