2021 January

January 20: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on January 20

January 20th is also known as Cheese Lovers Day as well as Penguin Awareness Day.

Welcome to the twentieth day of the year! We’re gradually getting through the year, but we still have another 345 days until we reach the new year.

Those of you who were born on this day share the Aquarius star sign.

Find out the history about January 20 by checking out these interesting facts and historical events, including many advances in equal rights.

Did you know that on this day in 1982, Ozzy Osbourne bit the head off a bat during a performance? At the time, he believed it was a toy.

Keep reading for more interesting facts about January 20th in history!

What Happened On January 20 In History?

2017

Jacob Sartorius released his debut album, “The Last Text EP”.

2009

The USA’s first African-American President, Barack Obama conducted his first address.

OTD in 2009: The USA's first African-American President
Today I say to you that the challenges we face are real. They are serious and they are many. They will not be met easily or in a short span of time. But know this America he said.
2008

The first episode of Breaking Bad premiered on AMC.

1982

Ozzy Osbourne bit the head off a bat that a fan threw onto the stage during a performance in Des Moines, Iowa.

1981

US hostages released in Iran after 444 days.

52 American diplomats and citizens were held hostage at the American embassy in Tehran due to a diplomatic standoff between the two countries.
1980

In a letter and on television, President Jimmy Carter announced that the Olympics should not take place in Moscow, Russia.

The suggestion was to encourage the Soviet Union to withdraw troops from Afghanistan.
1971

Marvin Gaye’s – “What’s Going On” was released.

The song was inspired by police brutality witnessed in the 1970s.
1965

Classic song “Mr Tambourine Man” was recorded by The Byrds.

1929

In Old Arizona became the first full-length talking motion picture filmed outdoors.

The movie was directed by Irving Cummings and Raoul Walsh and went on to win five Academy Awards.
1869

Feminist Elizabeth Cady Stanton became the 1st woman to testify before Congress.

OTD in 1869: Feminist Elizabeth Cady Stanton became the 1st woman to testify before Congress.
Source WYPR
1809

The US published its first book on Geology – “Observations on the Geology of the United States” by William Maclure.

Famous Quotes Said On January 20th

Who said what today throughout history? Here are the most famous things people have said on this day.

1961

“Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.”

– John F. Kennedy

Did you know that on this day, January 20th 1982, Ozzy Osbourne bit the head off a bat during a performance?