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January 20 Historical Events

The following events took place on January 20. The list is arranged in chronological order.

Found 41 events. Showing 1 - 30.

  • 250
    Emperor Decius begins a widespread persecution of Christians in Rome. Pope Fabian is martyred.
  • 649
    King Chindasuinth, at the urging of bishop Braulio of Zaragoza, crowns his son Recceswinth as co-ruler of the Visigothic Kingdom.
  • 1265
    The first English parliament to include not only Lords but also representatives of the major towns holds its first meeting in the Palace of Westminster, now commonly known as the “Houses of Parliament”.
  • 1320
    Duke Wladyslaw Lokietek becomes king of Poland.
  • 1356
    Edward Balliol abdicates as King of Scotland.
  • 1523
    Christian II is forced to abdicate as King of Denmark and Norway.
  • 1567
    Battle of Rio de Janeiro: Portuguese forces under the command of Estácio de Sá definitively drive the French out of Rio de Janeiro.
  • 1576
    The Mexican city of León is founded by order of the viceroy Don Martín Enríquez de Almanza.
  • 1649
    Charles I of England goes on trial for treason and other “high crimes”.
  • 1783
    The Kingdom of Great Britain signs a peace treaty with France and Spain, officially ending hostilities in the American Revolutionary War (also known as the American War of Independence).
  • 1785
    Invading Siamese forces attempt to exploit the political chaos in Vietnam, but are ambushed and annihilated at the Mekong river by the Tây Sơn in the Battle of Rạch Gầm-Xoài Mút.
  • 1788
    The third and main part of First Fleet arrives at Botany Bay. Arthur Phillip decides that Botany Bay is unsuitable for the location of a penal colony, and decides to move to Port Jackson.
  • 1839
    In the Battle of Yungay, Chile defeats an alliance between Peru and Bolivia.
  • 1841
    Hong Kong Island is occupied by the British.
  • 1877
    Last day of the Constantinople Conference which resulted in agreement for political reforms in the Balkans.
  • 1887
    The United States Senate allows the Navy to lease Pearl Harbor as a naval base.
  • 1920
    The American Civil Liberties Union is founded.
  • 1921
    The first Constitution of Turkey is adopted, making fundamental changes in the source and exercise of sovereignty by consecrating the principle of national sovereignty.
  • 1929
    In Old Arizona, the first full-length talking motion picture filmed outdoors, is released.
  • 1936
    Edward VIII becomes King of the United Kingdom.
  • 1941
    A German officer is murdered in Bucharest, Romania, sparking a rebellion and pogrom by the Iron Guard, killing 125 Jews and 30 soldiers.
  • 1942
    World War II: At the Wannsee Conference held in the Berlin suburb of Wannsee, senior Nazi German officials discuss the implementation of the “Final Solution to the Jewish question”.
  • 1945
    World War II: The Miklós provisional government of Hungary agrees to an armistice with the Allies.
  • 1945
    World War II: Germany begins the evacuation of 1.8 million people from East Prussia, a task which will take nearly two months.
  • 1949
    Point Four Program a program for economic aid to poor countries announced by United States President Harry S. Truman in his inaugural address for a full term as President.
  • 1954
    In the United States, the National Negro Network is established with 40 charter member radio stations.
  • 1959
    The first flight of the Vickers Vanguard.
  • 1960
    Hendrik Verwoerd announces a plebiscite on whether South Africa should become a Republic.
  • 1969
    East Pakistani police kill student activist Amanullah Asaduzzaman. The resulting outrage is in part responsible for the Bangladesh Liberation War.
  • 1972
    Pakistan launched its Nuclear weapons program few weeks after its defeat in Bangladesh Liberation War and Indo-Pakistani War of 1971.

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