Today in History - January 20th

  • 1265 - On this day in history, the first English parliament met in Westminster Hall. 
  • 1801 - John Marshall was appointed chief justice of the United States.
  • 1887 - Today in history, the Senate approved an agreement to lease Pearl Harbor in Hawaii as a naval base. 
  • 1937 - Franklin Delano Roosevelt became the first U.S. President to be inaugurated on January 20th. 
  • 1942 - On this day in history, Nazi officials held the Wannsee conference, during which they arrived at their "final solution" that called for exterminating Europe's Jews. 
  • 1953 - "Studio One" became the first television show to be transmitted from the United States to Canada. 
  • 1954 - Today in history, the National Negro Network was formed on this date.
  • 1986 - The U.S. observed the first federal holiday in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. 
  • 1986 - On this day in history, new footage of the 1931 "Frankenstein" was found.
  • 1994 - Shannon Faulkner became the first woman to attend classes at The Citadel in South Carolina.
  • 1997 - Today in history, Bill Clinton was inaugurated for his second term as US president. 

SCIENCE, DISCOVERIES, PATENTS - Today in History, January 20th

  • 1885 - The roller coaster was patented.
  • 1998 - On this day in history, researchers announced that they had cloned calves that may produce medicinal milk. 

SPORTS - Today in History, January 20th

  • 1892 - Today in history, the first official basketball game was played by students at the Springfield YMCA School. 
  • 1985 - The most-watched Super Bowl game in history was seen by an estimated 115.9 million people: it marked the first time that TV commercials sold for a million dollars a minute. 
  • 2002 - On this day in history, Michael Jordan played his first game in Chicago as a visiting player. The Wizards beat the Bulls 77-69.

MUSIC HISTORY - Today in History, January 20th

  • 1958 - Elvis Presley got his orders to report to duty from the Army.
  • 1964 - Today in history, the album "Meet the Beatles" was released in the on Capitol Records.
  • 1973 - Jerry Lee Lewis made his debut at the Grand Ole Opry. 
  • 1974 - On this day in history, Stevie Wonder played his first show after an auto accident that almost took his life. 
  • 2002 - Sting won his first Golden Globe for his song "Unti."


  • George Burns 1896 
  • Aristotle Onassis 1906
  • Federico Fellini 1920
  • Patricia Neal 1926