What Happened On This Day – January 20
2009 Barack Obama is sworn in as U.S. president
Obama became the country's first black president.
1981 The Iran hostage crisis ends
52 U.S. citizens were released after 444 days at the hands of a group of Islamists.
1969 The killing of a student activist sets the stage for the Bangladesh Liberation War
The war resulted in the secession of East Pakistan from the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and the establishment of Bangladesh as a sovereign nation.
1942 Nazi officials meet to organize the extermination of Jews
During the Wannsee Conference in Berlin, the Nazis discussed what they called the “Final Solution to the Jewish question”.
1934 Fujifilm is founded
The Japanese photography and electronics company soon became a global player in its field.
Births On This Day,
1971 Gary Barlow
English singer-songwriter, pianist, producer
1956 Bill Maher
American comedian, actor, television host
1946 David Lynch
1930 Buzz Aldrin
American pilot, astronaut
1920 Federico Fellini
Deaths On This Day,
2012 Etta James
1993 Audrey Hepburn
Belgian/English actress, singer
1936 George V
of the United Kingdom
1900 John Ruskin
1837 John Soane