January 20th

Singer Etta James died less than a week before her 74th birthday.
Michael Jackson
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
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
Bill Clinton was sworn in as the 42nd president of the United States.
First inauguration of Bill Clinton
Anglican Church envoy Terry Waite disappeared in Beirut, Lebanon, while attempting to negotiate the release of Western hostages.
Terry Waite
The United States observed the first federal holiday in honor of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.
Martin Luther King Jr.
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
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
The Beatles released their first album in the United States, Meet the Beatles.
Meet the Beatles!
John F. Kennedy was sworn in as the 35th president of the United States.
President John F. Kennedy
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
Franklin D. Roosevelt sworn-in for an unprecedented (and never to be repeated) 4th term as US President.
Fourth inauguration of Franklin D. Roosevelt
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
Britain's King George V died.
George V
Fujifilm is founded. The Japanese photography and electronics company soon became a global player in its field.
Comedian George Burns was born Nathan Birnbaum in New York City.
George Burns
LaMarcus A. Thompson of Coney Island patented the roller coaster.
Roller coaster
As a result of the First Opium War, Hong Kong was ceded to the British.
First Opium War
John Marshall was appointed Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.
Chief Justice John Marshall
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