January 20 in History – What happened on 20 January in Past

20 January - Today in History - Important historical events happened on this day in India and World History

According to Gregory calendar, January 20 is the day number 20 in a given year. January 20 has a special significance in India and world history, because many such incidents have occurred on this day which have been recorded forever in the pages of history. Let's know some such important events which will increase your general knowledge. The facts collected will be as follows: People born on this day, demise of famous people, war treaty, freedom of any country, invention of new technologies, change of power, important National and International Day etc.

January 20 in History - Top Historical Events

YearEvent / Incidence / Incident
1156According to legend, freeholder Lalli slew Bishop Henry of Finland with an axe on the ice of the lake Köyliönjärvi in Köyliö, Finland.
1265Summoned by Simon de Montfort, the first English Parliament held its first meeting in the Palace of Westminster.
1576León in Guanajuato, Mexico, was founded by order of ViceroyMartín Enríquez de Almanza of New Spain.
1785Tây Son forces of Vietnam annihilated an invading Siamese Army who were attempting to restore Nguy?n Ánh to the throne.
1817Raja Ram Mohan Roy established the Hindu College now Presidency University in Calcutta, Kolkata).
1820Indiana University Bloomington was established as Indiana State Seminary renamed Indiana College, 1846).
1821Peter Eye Island in Antarctica was first noticed by Fabian Gottlieb von Belsinghozen, founded by President Monroe to Columbia College in the District of Columbia.
1841In the First Opium War, China handed over Hong Kong to Britain.
1843Honório Hermeto Carneiro Leão, Marquis of Paraná, became thede facto first prime minister of the Empire of Brazil.
1843Royal Academy Technical Hague Court) opened in Delft.
1869Elizabeth Cady Stanton was the first woman to testify from the United States Congress.
1892Basketball was played for the first time.
1894German inventor and music expert Odolf Sachs died at the age of 75.
1930Aldrin stepped on the moon, he was the second person to go to the moon.
1938Queen Farida of Cairo was married by King Farooq Safinj Zulfisar of Egypt.
1945World War II-Germany began the evacuation of 1.8 million people from East Prussia, an operation which took nearly two months to complete.
1945Franklin D. Roosevelt became the US President for the fourth time.
1946Favouring stronger executive power than the draft constitution for the French Fourth Republic provided, Charles de Gaulle resigned as President of the Provisional Government.
1946French President Charles de Goule resigned from his post.
1958The search party met at the South Pole with a mission to cross the Antarctic. It was the first attempt to cross the Antarctic from the surface.
1965Lyndon B. Johnson was sworn in as President of the United States.
1968The Houston Cougars upset the UCLA Bruins in what became knownas the 'Game of the Century', ending the Bruins' 47-game winning streak,and establishing college basketball as a sports commodity on Americantelevision.
1969Bengali student activist Amanullah Asaduzzaman was shot and killed by East Pakistani police, one of the casus belli that led to the Bangladesh Liberation War.
1969Richard Nixon was sworn in as the 37th President of the United States.
1972Arunachal Pradesh became a union territory and Meghalaya a state.
1974The General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon made its first flight at Edwards Air Force Base in California.
1988Abdul Ghaffar Khan, the greatest activist of Pashtun independence and called Frontier Gandhi, died.
1990The Soviet Red Army violently cracked down on Azeri pro-independence demonstrations in Baku, Azerbaijan SSR.
1990The conflict between Indian soldiers and Muslim separatists began in Kashmir.
1992Air Inter Flight 148 crash into the Vosges Mountains while cycling to land at Strasbourg Airport near Strasbourg, France,resulting in 87 deaths.
1993Bill Clinton was sworn in as the 42nd President of the United States.
1997The newly discovered comet Hale-Bopp crossed Mars orbit at 6:00 PM.
1997Pakistan defeated West Indies 2-0 thereby winning one-day Australian series.
1998Warner Brothers TV Network begins Tuesday night programming.
2001George Bush sworn in as the 43rd President of U.S.
2001US President George W. Bush succeeded in getting the presidency after a tough fight with Ale Gore in the presidential election. It was the most powerful electoral battle in the history of America.
2002Photographs of inmates of Cuban US military base Guantanamo Bay in prison became public for the first time. There was a lot of controversy about it.
2005Famous Bollywood actress Parveen Bobby of the 70s and 80s passed away.
2007A three-man team, using only skis and kites, completed a 1,093-mile (1,759 km) trek to reach the southern pole of inaccessibility for the first time since 1958, and for the first time ever without mechanical assistance.
2008Bollywood actor Devananda was awarded the \ Lifetime Achievement Award ' for his contribution to Indian cinema.
2009Barack Obama sworn in as the 44th President of U.S.
2009In Washington, D.C., over 1 million people attended the inauguration of Barack Obama as the first African American President of the United States.
2009Barack Obama took over as America's 44th President.
20106.1 magnitude aftershock stroked Haiti just after heavy earthquake.
2011Scientists have claimed that 2010 was the warmest ever recorded in 200 years.
2012Around 2000 Malawi women protested against attacks on women wearing trousers by unemployed youths and street vendors.
2013US President Barack Obama inaugurated the Blue Room of the White House, this is the 2nd term in his office.
2014The social security numbers and credit card details were stolen in South Korea by an IT contractor.



Famous Birthdays of January 20:

YearName / Profession / Country
1922Don Mankiewicz / Author / United States of America
1967Stacey Dash / Actress / United States of America
1957Andy Sheppard / Composer / United Kingdom
1952Nikos Sideris / Poet / Greece
1973Stephen Crabb / Politician / Scotland
1980Petra Rampre / Tennis Player / Slovenia
1703Joseph-Hector Fiocco / Violinist / Belgium
1946David Lynch / Producer / United States of America
1956Bill Maher / Producer / United States of America
1920DeForest Kelley / Actor / United States of America
1963James Denton / Actor / United States of America
1976Michael Myers / Footballer / United States of America
1953Jeffrey Epstein / Philanthropist / United States of America
1918Juan García Esquivel / Pianist / Mexico
1987Janin Lindenberg / Sprinter / Germany
1915Ghulam Ishaq Khan / Politician / Pakistan
1989Jared Waerea-Hargreaves / Rugby Player / New Zealand
1918Nevin Scrimshaw / Scientist / United States of America
1950Daniel Benzali / Actor / United States of America
1992Jorge Zárate / Footballer / Mexico
1948Mahamane Ousmane / Politician / Nigeria
1964Aquilino Pimentel III / Politician / Philippines
1586Johann Schein / Composer / Germany
1893Georg Åberg / Jumper / Sweden
1948Natan Sharansky / Politician / Ukraine
1948Nancy Kress / Author / United States of America
1934Hennie Aucamp / Poet / South Africa
1873Johannes V. Jensen / Poet / Denmark
1899Kenjiro Takayanagi / Engineer / Japan
1932Lou Fontinato / Ice Hockey Player / Canada

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