Today in History, January 20th

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1327 Edward II of England is deposed by his eldest son, Edward III.
1616 The French explorer Samuel de Champlain arrives to winter in a Huron Indian village after being wounded in a battle with Iroquois in New France.
1783 Britain signs a peace agreement with France and Spain, who allied against it in the American War of Independence.
1801 John Marshall was appointed chief justice of the United States.John Marshall
1841 Hong Kong was ceded to Great Britain.
1896 Comedian George Burns was born Nathan Birnbaum in New York City.
1908 The Sullivan Ordinance bars women from smoking in public facilities in the United States.
1930 Charles Lindbergh arrives in New York, setting a cross country flying record of 14.75 hours.
1935 Belgium arrests some Nazi agitators who urge for a return to the Reich.
1936 Britain’s King George V died.
1941 Hitler meets with Mussolini and offers aid in Albania and Greece.
1942 Nazi officials meet in the Berlin suburb of Wannsee to decide the “Final SolutionĀ of the Jewish Question.”
1944 Allied forces in Italy begin unsuccessful operations to cross the Rapido River and seize Cassino.
1945 Franklin D. Roosevelt is inaugurated for his fourth term.President Franklin D. Roosevelt
1945 The Allies sign a truce with the Hungarians.
1946 France’s Charles DeGaulle hands in his resignation.
1952 British troops occupy Ismalia, Egypt.
1953 Dwight D. Eisenhower took the oath of office as president of the United States; Richard M. Nixon was sworn in as vice president.
1954 Over 22,000 anti-Communist prisoners are turned over to UN forces in Korea.
1961 John F. Kennedy was sworn in as the 35th president of the United States.
1977 President Jimmy Carter is sworn in and then surprises the nation as he walks from the U.S. Capitol to the White House.
1981 Ronald Reagan is sworn in as president at the same time 52 American hostages are released from their captors in Tehran, Iran.
1986 The United States observed the first federal holiday in honor of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.Martin Luther King
1987 Anglican Church envoy Terry Waite disappeared in Beirut, Lebanon, while attempting to negotiate the release of Western hostages.
1993 Bill Clinton was sworn in as the 42nd president of the United States.
2001 George W. Bush took the oath of office as the 43rd president of the United States.
2001 Hundreds of thousands of protesting Filipinos forced President Joseph Estrada to step down; Vice President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo was sworn in as the new president.
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"To know the truth of history is to realize its ultimate myth and its inevitable ambiguity." I love all history; however, my favorite areas are World War II, Civil Rights Movement, and U.S. Constitutional history.

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