Today In History Spotlights Jan. 20, 1937, Presidential Inauguration Day

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Today’s History Spotlight

Inauguration Day has been held on January 20 since 1937. The inauguration years for each president since is as follows:

Franklin D. Roosevelt – 1937, 1941, 1945
Harry Truman – 1949
Dwight D. Eisenhower – 1953, 1957
John F. Kennedy – 1961
Lyndon B. Johnson – 1965
Richard Nixon – 1969, 1973
James Carter – 1977
Ronald Reagan – 1981, 1985
George H. W. Bush – 1989
William Clinton – 1993, 1997
George W. Bush – 2001, 2005
Barack Obama – 2009, 2013
Donald Trump – 2017
Joseph Biden – 2021

What Happened On This Day – January 20

  • 2009 Barack Obama is sworn in as US president. Obama became the country’s first black president.
  • 1981 The Iran hostage crisis ends. 52 US citizens were released after 444 days at the hands of a group of Islamists.
  • 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.
  • 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”.
  • 1934 Fujifilm is founded. The Japanese photography and electronics company soon became a global player in its field.

Births On This Day – January 20

  • 1971 Gary Barlow – English singer-songwriter, pianist, producer
  • 1956 Bill Maher – American comedian, actor, television host
  • 1946 David Lynch – American director
  • 1930 Buzz Aldrin – American pilot, astronaut
  • 1920 Federico Fellini – Italian director

Deaths On This Day – January 20

  • 2012 Etta James – American singer-songwriter
  • 1993 Audrey Hepburn – Belgian/English actress, singer
  • 1936 George Vof the United Kingdom
  • 1900 John Ruskin – English author
  • 1837 John Soane – English architect

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