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This Day in History for January 20

1887 – US Senate approves naval base lease of Pearl Harbor.

1905 – US begins supervising the Dominican Republic’s national and international debts, testing President Theodore Roosevelt’s “Corollary” to the Monroe Doctrine.

1920 – The American Civil Liberties Union is founded.

1930 – 1st radio broadcast of “Lone Ranger” (WXYZ-Detroit)

1937 – 1st US Presidential Inauguration Day held on January 20th (previously March 20)

1943 – Lead, South Dakota, temperature is 52 degrees F, while 1.5 miles away Deadwood records -16F.

1945 – Franklin D. Roosevelt sworn-in for an unprecedented (and never to be repeated) 4th term as US President.

1949 – 1st inaugural parade televised, for Harry Truman, watched by 10 million people.

1952 – The NBA’s first superstar George Mikan scores a career high 61 points leading the Minneapolis Lakers to a 91-81 double-overtime victory over the Rochester Royals.

1961 – Robert Frost recites “Gift Outright” at JFK’s inauguration.

1965 – The US Jet Propulsion Laboratory proposes modified Apollo flight to fly around Mars & return.

1972 – Six oil exporting countries conclude meetings with Western oil companies; an agreement is reached to raise the price of crude.

1978 – Columbia Pictures pays $9.5 million for movie rights to “Annie”

1980 – President Jimmy Carter announces US boycott of Olympics in Moscow.

1981 – The US diplomats and citizens held hostage at the US embassy in Tehran are released and begin their journey home after 444 days.

1990 – US 64th manned space mission STS 32 (Columbia 10) returns from space.

1998 – “Dawson’s Creek” created by Kevin Williamson, starring James Van Der Beek, Katie Holmes and Joshua Jackson premieres on WB in the US.

1998 – Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inducts Mama & Papas & Eagles.

2009 – Barack Obama, inaugurated as the 44th President of the United States of America, becomes the United States’ first African-American President.  Joe Biden assumes the office of the Vice President.

2017 – Donald Trump is inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States of America and Mike Pence as the 48th Vice President.

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