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20 Jan
1999
The British government announced the setting up of a Royal Commission to explore proposals for a new second chamber of Parliament to replace the House of LordsThe British government announced the setting up of a Royal Commission to explore proposals for a new second chamber of Parliament to replace the House of Lords
19 years ago
20 Jan
1999
Paddy Ashdown announced his retirement after 11 years as leader of Britain's Liberal Democrat PartyPaddy Ashdown announced his retirement after 11 years as leader of Britain's Liberal Democrat Party
19 years ago
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20 Jan
1998
A French court imposed a fine and a suspended sentence on former England cricketer Geoffrey Boycott after finding him guilty of assaulting an ex-girlfriend in a hotel near Nice in…A French court imposed a fine and a suspended sentence on former England cricketer Geoffrey Boycott after finding him guilty of assaulting an ex-girlfriend in a hotel near Nice in 1996
20 years ago
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20 Jan
1998
American researchers announced that they had created two identical, genetically engineered calves in which human genes had been spliced, a technique that in the future might…American researchers announced that they had created two identical, genetically engineered calves in which human genes had been spliced, a technique that in the future might produce milk with medicinal properties
20 years ago
20 Jan
1997
Bill Clinton and Al Gore were inaugurated for their second terms as U.S. president and vice-presidentBill Clinton and Al Gore were inaugurated for their second terms as U.S. president and vice-president
21 years ago
20 Jan
1997
U.S. millionaire Steve Fossett landed his hot-air balloon in northern India, having failed in his bid to fly round the world but establishing a new distance record of 9,672 milesU.S. millionaire Steve Fossett landed his hot-air balloon in northern India, having failed in his bid to fly round the world but establishing a new distance record of 9,672 miles
21 years ago
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20 Jan
1996
Palestinians voted for the first time in elections that consolidated PLO chief Yasser Arafat's rule of the West Bank and Gaza under a peace deal with Israel. He became the first…Palestinians voted for the first time in elections that consolidated PLO chief Yasser Arafat's rule of the West Bank and Gaza under a peace deal with Israel. He became the first democratically-elected leader of the Palestinian people with 88.1 percent of the vote
22 years ago
20 Jan
1996
Mohammed Hamed Abu el-Nasr, leader of the Moslem Brotherhood, Egypt's largest and most influential Islamist organisation, died aged 83Mohammed Hamed Abu el-Nasr, leader of the Moslem Brotherhood, Egypt's largest and most influential Islamist organisation, died aged 83
22 years ago
20 Jan
1996
Veteran U.S. comedian George Burns celebrated his 100th birthdayVeteran U.S. comedian George Burns celebrated his 100th birthday
22 years ago
20 Jan
1995
The U.S. agreed a trade pact with North Korea and lifted sanctions in place since the Korean WarThe U.S. agreed a trade pact with North Korea and lifted sanctions in place since the Korean War
23 years ago
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20 Jan
1994
Muslims were angered by the Chanel fashion house after German supermodel Claudia Schiffer modelled a low-cut dress with words from the Koran printed on it. Designer Karl Lagerfeld,…Muslims were angered by the Chanel fashion house after German supermodel Claudia Schiffer modelled a low-cut dress with words from the Koran printed on it. Designer Karl Lagerfeld, who had thought it was a love poem, apologised and dropped the dress from the collection
24 years ago
20 Jan
1993
As Bill Clinton was inaugurated as 42nd U.S. president, Iraq’s official media advised George Bush to commit suicideAs Bill Clinton was inaugurated as 42nd U.S. president, Iraq’s official media advised George Bush to commit suicide
25 years ago
20 Jan
1993
Elfin-faced actress Audrey Hepburn died at her Swiss home after a long battle against cancerElfin-faced actress Audrey Hepburn died at her Swiss home after a long battle against cancer
25 years ago
20 Jan
1991
Iraq paraded a group of American, British and other captured allied pilots before the world's press, as Patriot missiles arrived in Israel for use against Iraq during the Gulf WarIraq paraded a group of American, British and other captured allied pilots before the world's press, as Patriot missiles arrived in Israel for use against Iraq during the Gulf War
27 years ago
20 Jan
1991
More than 100,000 people massed outside the Kremlin to protest at the violent crackdown by Soviet forces in the Baltic states of Lithuania and LatviaMore than 100,000 people massed outside the Kremlin to protest at the violent crackdown by Soviet forces in the Baltic states of Lithuania and Latvia
27 years ago
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20 Jan
1990
Actress Barbara Stanwyck died in Santa Monica, California. She began her career at the tail end of the silent era, then became a major star of the 1930s and 1940s, portraying a…Actress Barbara Stanwyck died in Santa Monica, California. She began her career at the tail end of the silent era, then became a major star of the 1930s and 1940s, portraying a succession of non-nonsense, resilient women in such classic films as Stella Dallas and Double Indemnity
28 years ago
20 Jan
1989
George Herbert Walker Bush was inaugurated as 41st U.S. presidentGeorge Herbert Walker Bush was inaugurated as 41st U.S. president
29 years ago
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20 Jan
1987
Anglican Church envoy Terry Waite disappeared in Beirut, Lebanon, while attempting to negotiate the release of Western hostages. He was held captive for almost five years before…Anglican Church envoy Terry Waite disappeared in Beirut, Lebanon, while attempting to negotiate the release of Western hostages. He was held captive for almost five years before being released in November 1991
31 years ago
20 Jan
1987
U.S. soul singer Aretha Franklin became the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of FameU.S. soul singer Aretha Franklin became the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
31 years ago
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20 Jan
1984
Champion swimmer turned film actor Johnny Weissmuller died. The Austrian-born Weissmuller won five Olympic gold medals for the U.S. and set 67 world records. He never lost a race…Champion swimmer turned film actor Johnny Weissmuller died. The Austrian-born Weissmuller won five Olympic gold medals for the U.S. and set 67 world records. He never lost a race and retired from his amateur swimming career undefeated before switching to the silver screen, where he famously created the role of Tarzan, playing the jungle hero in 12 movies
34 years ago
20 Jan
1981
Ronald Reagan was inaugurated as President of the United States at the age of 69 and 349 days, the oldest president to take officeRonald Reagan was inaugurated as President of the United States at the age of 69 and 349 days, the oldest president to take office
37 years ago
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20 Jan
1981
Iran released all 52 U.S. hostages, seized in the U.S. Embassy in Tehran in November 1979, after 444 days in captivity. Their release was timed to coincide with the day that U.S.…Iran released all 52 U.S. hostages, seized in the U.S. Embassy in Tehran in November 1979, after 444 days in captivity. Their release was timed to coincide with the day that U.S. President Jimmy Carter left office
37 years ago
20 Jan
1973
Richard Nixon was sworn in for his second term as U.S. president; but the Watergate scandal the following year resulted in his becoming the first president to resign from officeRichard Nixon was sworn in for his second term as U.S. president; but the Watergate scandal the following year resulted in his becoming the first president to resign from office
45 years ago
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20 Jan
1973
Dr Amilcar Cabral, Nationalist leader of Guinea-Bissau, was assassinated in the capital, Conakry. He founded the PAIGC (African Independence Party of Guinea and Cape Verde), which…Dr Amilcar Cabral, Nationalist leader of Guinea-Bissau, was assassinated in the capital, Conakry. He founded the PAIGC (African Independence Party of Guinea and Cape Verde), which fought against Portuguese colonial rule
45 years ago
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