January 20 in History
1892January 20, 1892:
Students of James Naismith, an educator and the inventor of basketball, play the first official game of the sport in Springfield, Massachusetts.
1961January 20, 1961:
John F. Kennedy makes the popular “…ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country” statement as part of his inaugural address.
1971January 20, 1971:
“What’s Going On”, a hit single by Marvin Gaye is released.
1980January 20, 1980:
US President Jimmy Carter proposes the boycott of the Moscow Olympics by the United States.
1981January 20, 1981:
Iranian leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini releases 52 Americans who had been held in the Iranian hostage crisis for 15 months.
1986January 20, 1986:
The United States of America observes Martin Luther King, Jr. Day as a national holiday for the first time.
2001January 20, 2001:
Mass protests against a corruption scandal results in the ousting of Joseph Estrada, the President of the Philippines.
2006January 20, 2006:
The Disney Channel Original Movie, “High School Musical” is released.
2008January 20, 2008:
The neo-Western crime drama series, “Breaking Bad” makes its premiere on AMC.
2009January 20, 2009:
Barack Obama is sworn in as the first African American and 44th president of the United States.