Friday, January 20, 2012

January 20 in History

  • January 20 is the 20th day of the year. There are 346 days remaining until the end of the year.
  • 1265 – In Westminster, the first English Parliament conducted its first meeting.
  • 1783 – Great Britain signed a peace treaty with France and Spain, officially ending hostilities in the American Revolutionary War.
  • 1885 – L. A. Thompson patented the roller coaster.
  • 1887 – The US Senate allowed the Navy to lease Pearl Harbor as a naval base.
  • 1892 – At the YMCA in Springfield, Massachusetts, the first official basketball game was played.
  • 1920 – The American Civil Liberties Union was founded.
  • 1929 – In Old Arizona, the first full-length talking motion picture filmed outdoors, was released.
  • 1934 – Fujifilm was founded in Tokyo, Japan.
  • 1942 – At the Wannsee Conference, senior Nazi officials discussed the implementation of the “final solution” to the “Jewish Question.”
  • 1986 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was celebrated as a federal holiday for the first time.
  • 1999 – The China News Service announced new government restrictions on Internet use, use, aimed especially at Internet cafes.

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