This Day in History: January 20th

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – On this day in 1981, 52 U.S. captives, who were being held at the U.S. embassy in Teheran, Iran, were released. Their release ended the Iran Hostage Crisis, which lasted for 444 days.

On the same day Ronald Reagan was officially inaugurated as the 40th President of the United States. January 20th has been the official inauguration date for presidents after the passing of the 20th Amendment in 1933. Since then; Franklin D. Roosevelt (1937, 1941, 1945), John F. Kennedy (1961), Bill Clinton (1993), and Barrack Obama (2009) to name a few, have all been inaugurated on this date.

On this day in 1986, Martin Luther King Jr. Day was first recognized as a federal holiday.

On this day in 1809, the first US geology book was published by William Maclure.

On this day in 1968, the original “Game of the Century” took place between the Houston Cougars and the UCLA Bruins. It was the first NCAA men’s basketball regular season game to be broadcast nationwide in prime time. The game lived up to the billing too, as the Cougars upset the Bruins, 71–69, ending the Bruins’ 47-game winning streak.

On this day in 1993, one of America’s most beloved actresses, Audrey Hepburn passed away in Switzerland.

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