This Day in History – January 20

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20 January

Every day has an old history attached to it. This gives a new day, a new date an old but significant history. What we think like a normal day actually has a lot of important and eventful memories as well as pertinent moments identified with it. From inventions which changed the world, to kingdoms who gave a new leader, let us go through the important events of this day in history, January 20.

1513: Christian II became King
Christian II succeeded Johan I as Danish and Norwegian King.

1809: First Geology map published
First Geology map published by William Maclure.

1869 Elizabeth Cady Stanton becomes 1st woman to testified
Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Women’s Rights Activist became the 1st woman to testify before US Congress.

1926: Second German Government
2nd German Government of Luther began.

1930: Lone Ranger broadcasted
1st radio broadcast of Lone Ranger was broadcasted.

1981: Ronald Reagen inaugurated
 Ronald Reagan took office as the 40th President of the United States of America.

1987: Robert A. Litchfield arrested
Bank robber Robert Allen Litchfield arrested at Lake Tahoe.

1988: Skating World Record
Andre Hoffman skated a world record of 1,500 m in 1 minute 52 seconds and 6 milliseconds.

1989: George H.W. Bush Inaugural Speech
George H.W. Bush gave his first inauguration speech as 41st US president.

1990: Columbia 10 returned to Earth
US 64th manned space mission STS 32 also known as Columbia 10 returned from space to Earth.

1991: Les Miserables at LA
Les Miserables opened at Pantages Theatre, LA.

1993: Presidency of Bill Clinton Began
Bill Clinton took office as the 42nd US President.

1993: First African American and Woman at Inauguration
Maya Angelou became the 1st African American woman to recite a poem “On the Pulse of Morning” at the Presidential inauguration of Bill Clinton, the 42nd US president.

1996: Australia won World Series Cup
Australia defeated Sri Lanka 2-0 to win cricket’s World Series Cup. 

1998: L.A Confidential won Best Film
L.A. Confidential won the third Critics’ Choice Movie Awards as the Best Film.

2001: President of Philippines expelled in EDSA II Revolution
President of Philippines Joseph Estrada removed from position and succeeded by Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in the EDSA II Revolution.

2006: High School Musical Became Disney’s Most Successful TV Movie
TV Movie High School Musical starring Zac Efron, Ashley Tisdale and Vanessa Hudgens, became Disney Channel’s most successful TV movie.

2007: The Departed Won 
The Departed directed by Martin Scorsese won the 12th Critics’ Choice Movie Awards.

2009: Barack Obama Became the President
Barack Obama took office as the 44th President of the United States of America. He was the first African American US President.

2017: Trump and Mike Pence Inaugurated
Donald Trump took office as the 45th President of the United States of America. Mike Pence takes office as the 48th Vice President.

Famous Birthdays

  • Buzz Aldrin, an Astronaut
  • David Lynch, a Film Director
  • Gary Barlow, a Pop singer
  • Tyler Herro, a Basketball player
  • IV Jay, an R&B Singer
  • Paul Stanley, a Guitarist
  • Rainn Wilson, an Actor

These were the most historical events that happened in world history on January 20. Stay tuned to Leverage Edu and follow us on Instagram, Youtube, LinkedIn, Quora, Facebook for more educational content.

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