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On January the 20th
2001 
The president of the Philippines, Joseph Estrada, was ousted in a bloodless coup.
1991 
Sudan's government imposed Islamic law on the nation.
1990 
Soviet forces stormed the city of Baku killing more than 120 pro-independence demonstrator.
1981 
Iran terrorists released 52 American hostages that were being held hostage inside the American embassy in Tehran since November 4, 1979.
1969 
The first ever pulsar was discovered by Jocelyn Bell Burnell and Antony Hewish of the University of Cambridge, England.
1946 
American film director, David Lynch, was born in Montana. He is one of the most controversial as well as critically acclaimed directors of the American filmmaking industry. His unique style has generated a cult type following of his creations.
1945 
Franklin D. Roosevelt was inaugurated for a fourth term as President of the United States. He is the only US president to serve more than two terms in office.
1920 
Italian film director, Federico Fellini, was born in Rimini. He is widely regarded as having been one of the most important and influential directors of all time.
1906 
Greek businessman, Aristotle Onassis, was born in Smyrna. He was born to a middle-class Greek family. He was one of the most famous shipping magnates of all time.
1892 
At the YMCA in Springfield, Massachusetts, the first official basketball game is played.
1887 
The United States Navy to leased Pearl Harbour to use as a naval base.
1841 
British forces occupied the island of Hong Kong. Under the treaty of Nanking the island was officially ceded to Great Britain in 1842. On July 1997 the United Kingdom's rule over Hong Kong ended, at which time governorship of the island back to China.
1775 
French physicist, Andre Marie Ampere, was born in Poleymieux-au-Mont-d'Or, France. He is credited with the discovery of electromagnetism. The base unit of electric current, the Amp, is named in his honour.
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