Sunday, January 20, 2008

Today in History: January 20

  • 1265 1st meeting of the English Parliament; in the Palace of Westminster.
  • 1649 Trial of Charles I of England, for treason and other high crimes.
  • 1885 American La Marcus Thompson patents the roller coaster.
  • 1920 The American Civil Liberties Union is founded by Marxists Roger Baldwin and Crystal Eastman.
  • 1942 Wannsee conference, Berlin: Nazis agree on the "final solution to the Jewish problem".
  • 1981 Iran releases 52 U.S. diplomats and staff, held hostage for 444 days, twenty minutes after Ronald Reagan is inaugurated President.
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