Today in History: 20th January


Historical Events:

• 1945: Franklin D. Roosevelt sworn-in for an unprecedented 4th term as US President.
• 1981: Ronald Reagan inaugurated as 40th US President.
• 1939: The highest temperature ever recorded up to the year 2000 in the shade in South Africa, 47,8 Celsius, is noted at Goodhouse, Cape Province.
• 1986: Twenty-two Black South Africans appear in the Delmas Court for allegedly attempting to overthrow the government.
• 2009: Barack Obama, inaugurated as the 44th President of the United States of America, becomes the United States’ first African-American president.
• 2014: Credit cards of at least 20 million South Koreans are hacked.

Arts, Music, TV:

• 1950: "Dance Me a Song" opens at Royale Theater NYC for 35 performances.
• 1964: "Meet The Beatles" album released in US.
• 1971: John Lennon meets Yoko Ono’s parents in Japan.
• 1991: "Peter Pan" closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC or 45 performances.
• 1998: Warner Brothers TV Network begins Tuesday night programming.
• 1995: "Love! Valor! Compassion!" opens at Walter Kerr NYC for 276 perfs.
• 1996: WPAT FM NYC radio station switches to English-Spanish format.


• 1957: Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Tampa Golf Open.
• 1968: US female Figure Skating championship won by Peggy Fleming.
• 1968: Houston Cougars defeat the UCLA Bruins 71-69 to win basketball’s Game of the Century and end UCLA’s 47 game winning streak.
• 1974: A college basketball game ends 210-67.
• 1980: President Jimmy Carter announces US boycott of Olympics in Moscow.
• 1996: US female Figure Skating championship won by Michelle Kwan.
• 1947: South African athlete Paul Harwood Nash is born in London. He was viewed at one time as the fastest White athlete in the world.

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Compiled by: Thandi Xaba