On This Day

20th January

2001 - George W. Bush was sworn in as the 43rd president of the United States.

1993 - Bill Clinton was sworn in as the 42nd president of the United States.

1987 – Church of England envoy Terry Waite was kidnapped in Lebanon.

1986 - Soviets launched the space station Mir.

1981 - Ronald Reagan was sworn in as the 40th president of the United States.

1962 - John Glenn became the first American to orbit the earth.

1961 - John F. Kennedy was sworn in as the 35th president of the United States.

1958 - The UK government announced the naval dockyards at Sheerness were to close.

1936 - Britain's King George V died and Edward VIII became King of the United Kingdom.

1841 – The island of Hong Kong was occupied by the British.

1783 - Great Britain signed a peace treaty with France and Spain. Officially ending hostilities between the countries in the American War of Independence.

1649 - Charles I of England went on trial for treason and other "high crimes".

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