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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 31 - 41.

  • 1981
    Twenty minutes after Ronald Reagan is inaugurated, Iran releases 52 American hostages.
  • 1986
    In the United States, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is celebrated as a federal holiday for the first time.
  • 1987
    Church of England envoy Terry Waite is kidnapped in Lebanon.
  • 1990
    The Red Army crackdown on civil protests in Baku, Azerbaijan during the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Also known as Black January.
  • 1991
    Sudan’s government imposes Islamic law nationwide, worsening the civil war between the country’s Muslim north and Christian south.
  • 1992
    Air Inter Flight 148, an Airbus A320-111, crashes into a mountain near Strasbourg, France killing 87 of the 96 people on board. A design flaw in the computer mode selection system resulted in the crew selecting the wrong rate of descent.
  • 1999
    The China News Service announces new government restrictions on Internet use, aimed especially at Internet cafés.
  • 2001
    President of the Philippines Joseph Estrada is ousted in a nonviolent 4-day revolution, and is succeeded by Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
  • 2006
    Witnesses report seeing a bottlenose whale swimming in the River Thames, the first time the species had been seen in the Thames since records began in 1913.
  • 2007
    A three-man team, using only skis and kites, completes a 1093 mi trek to reach the southern pole of inaccessibility for the first time since 1958 and for the first time ever without mechanical assistance.
  • 2009
    A protest movement in Iceland culminates as the 2009 Icelandic financial crisis protests start.

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