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On January 20th, 1981, Iran released 52 Americans
it had held hostage for 444 days, minutes after
the presidency had passed from Jimmy Carter to
On this date:
In 1801, John Marshall was appointed chief
justice of the United States.
In 1841, the island of Hong
Kong was ceded to Great Britain. (It returned to
Chinese control in July 1997.)
In 1887, the US
Senate approved an agreement to lease Pearl
Harbor in Hawaii as a naval base.
In 1896, comedian George
Burns was born Nathan Birnbaum in New
In 1920, movie
director Federico Fellini was born in Rimini,
In 1936, Britain's
King George the Fifth died; he was succeeded by
Edward the Eighth.
In 1942, Nazi
officials held the notorious Wannsee conference,
during which they arrived at their "final
solution" that called for exterminating
In 1986, the
United States observed the first federal holiday
in honor of slain civil rights leader Martin
Luther King Junior.
In 1986, Britain
and France announced plans to build the Channel
In 1993, actress
Audrey Hepburn died of color cancer in
In 1994, Shannon
Faulkner became the first woman to attend classes
at The Citadel in South Carolina. (Faulkner
joined the cadet corps in August 1995 under court
order but soon dropped out.)
Ten years ago:
Soviet troops stormed the capital of the republic
of Azerbaijan, the scene of ethnic unrest,
leaving dozens dead and wounded. The space
shuttle "Columbia" returned from an
eleven-day mission. Actress Barbara Stanwyck died
in Santa Monica, California, at age 82.
Five years ago:
The Japanese government, criticized for being
slow to respond to Kobe's devastating earthquake,
admitted its initial reaction might have been
"confused." The US State Department
announced a partial lifting of economic sanctions
against communist North Korea.
One year ago: For
a second day, President Clinton's legal team
argued its case before the Senate, saying that
House-passed articles of impeachment were
"flawed and unfair."
"Too bad all the
people who know how to run the country are busy
driving taxi cabs and cutting hair."
George Burns, American comedian (1896-1996).