January 20th

2012
Singer Etta James died less than a week before her 74th birthday.
Michael Jackson
2009
Hundreds of thousands of people watched in front of the Capitol as President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are sworn into office. Obama makes history as the first African-American U.S. president.
First inauguration of Barack Obama
2001
Hundreds of thousands of protesting Filipinos forced President Joseph Estrada to step down. Vice President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo was sworn in as the new president.
Presidency of Joseph Estrada
1993
Bill Clinton was sworn in as the 42nd president of the United States.
First inauguration of Bill Clinton
1987
Anglican Church envoy Terry Waite disappeared in Beirut, Lebanon, while attempting to negotiate the release of Western hostages.
Terry Waite
1986
The United States observed the first federal holiday in honor of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.
Martin Luther King Jr.
1981
The Iran hostage crisis ends. 52 U.S. citizens were released after 444 days at the hands of a group of Islamists.
Iran hostage crisis
1969
The killing of a student activist sets the stage for the Bangladesh Liberation War. The war resulted in the secession of East Pakistan from the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and the establishment of Bangladesh as a sovereign nation.
Amanullah Asaduzzaman
1964
The Beatles released their first album in the United States, Meet the Beatles.
Meet the Beatles!
1961
John F. Kennedy was sworn in as the 35th president of the United States.
President John F. Kennedy
1953
Dwight D. Eisenhower took the oath of office as president of the United States. Richard M. Nixon was sworn in as vice president.
First inauguration of Dwight D. Eisenhower
1945
Franklin D. Roosevelt sworn-in for an unprecedented (and never to be repeated) 4th term as US President.
Fourth inauguration of Franklin D. Roosevelt
1942
Nazi officials meet to organize the extermination of Jews. During the Wannsee Conference in Berlin, the Nazis discussed what they called the “Final Solution to the Jewish question”.
Wannsee Conference
1936
Britain's King George V died.
George V
1934
Fujifilm is founded. The Japanese photography and electronics company soon became a global player in its field.
Fujifilm
1896
Comedian George Burns was born Nathan Birnbaum in New York City.
George Burns
1885
LaMarcus A. Thompson of Coney Island patented the roller coaster.
Roller coaster
1841
As a result of the First Opium War, Hong Kong was ceded to the British.
First Opium War
1801
John Marshall was appointed Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.
Chief Justice John Marshall
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.
Simon de Montfort, 6th Earl of Leicester