Today in History: 20 January


2015  U.S. President Barack Obama gives his State of the Union address, promoting free community college education, increased capital gains taxes on the rich, more paid time off for employees, and greater tax credits for the middle class

2014  Social security numbers and credit cards details of more than 20 million South Koreans are stolen by an IT contractor

2014  Leaders from around the world attend the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland

2013  President Barack Obama is inaugurated in the Blue Room of the White House; this is his second term in office

2013  Austria holds a national referendum on whether or not to retain its system of conscription for the army and social service for young men; they vote to keep military service compulsory

2012  Nearly 2,000 Malawi women protest against attacks on women wearing trousers by unemployed youths and street vendors

2012  After three years in exile, Madagascar's President, Marc Ravalomanana announces he will return to the country

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2011  Save the Children launches a campaign to help 400,000 children in Sri Lanka deal with the crisis following the worst floods in their history


2011  Scientists claim 2010 was the warmest year ever recorded, and the last decade the warmest ever recorded, in 200 years

2010  A week after the 2010 Haiti earthquake, a 6.1 magnitude aftershock strikes Haiti

2005  Warlord Thomas Shabalala is shot

2009  Barack Obama is inaugurated as the 44th President of the United States

2001 George W. Bush is inaugurated as the 43rd president of the United States

1990  General Lothar Neethling sues Vrye Weekblad and the Weekly Mail 


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Compiled by Lerato Sebe