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Today In History

Here is what happened
on Sunday - January 20th...

History,  n.  One darn thing after another.

      Famous People Born On This Day In History...

1894Harold L. Gray, creator of "Little Orphan Annie."
      Today, this person is/would be 125 years old.
1889Huddie William Ledbetter, aka Leadbelly, jazz guitarist.
      Today, this person is/would be 130 years old.
1896Nathan Birnbaum, aka George Burns, legendary vaudville comedian.
      Today, this person is/would be 123 years old.
1920Federico Fellini, surrealist Italian film director.
      Today, this person is/would be 99 years old.
1937Joan Rivers, comedienne. Can we talk?.
      Today, this person is/would be 82 years old.
1941Ron Townson, singer, The 5th Dimension.
      Today, this person is/would be 78 years old.
1950Paul Stanely, rocker, Kiss.
      Today, this person is/would be 69 years old.
1952Ian Hill, heavey metal rocker, Judas Priest.
      Today, this person is/would be 67 years old.
1956Bill Maher, American TV personality, Politically Incorrect.
      Today, this person is/would be 63 years old.

      Events On This Day In History...

1265The first English Parliament is called into session by the Earl of Leicester.
1839Chile defeats a confederation of Peru and Bolivia in the Battle of Yungay.
1841The island of Hong Kong is ceded to Great Britain. It is eventually returned to Chinese control in July 1997.
1885The roller coaster is patented by L.A. Thompson of Coney Island, NY.
1886The Mersey Railway Tunnel is officially opened by the Prince of Wales.
1942Nazi officials hold the Wannsee conference, during which they arrived at their "final solution" that called for exterminating Europe’s Jews.
1952Patricia McCormick debuts as the first professional woman bullfighter.
1958Elvis Presley gets drafted into the US army. He serves two very unremarkable years and is honourably discharged.
1981Iran releases 52 Americans who had been held hostage for 444 days. The release occurred minutes after the US presidency had passed from Jimmy Carter to Ronald Reagan.
1986Britain and France announced their plans to build a tunnel under the English Channel to link France and England. They eventually built the thing but investors lost a bundle of money on it.
1996Palestinian voters chose a new self-rule Palestinian National Authority government. Former PLO leader Yassir Arafat is elected president.

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