GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS TUESDAY, January 20, the 20th day of 2015 with 345 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 7:08 and sunset is @ 4:41. The New Moon is exact @ 8:15 AM EST. The morning stars are stars are Jupiter, Mercury & Saturn. The evening stars are Mars, Neptune, Uranus & Venus.

ON THIS DAY IN: 1265 – The first English parliament met in Westminster Hall, convened by the Earl of Leicester,Simon de Montfort.

1783 – The British and U.S. commissioners signed a preliminary “Cessation of Hostilities,” which led to the Treaty of Paris and Treaty of Versailles, thus ending the Revolutionary War.
1801 – John Marshall was appointed Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court.
1841 – The island of Hong Kong was ceded to Great Britain; it returned to Chinese control in July 1997.
1887 – The U.S. Senate approved an agreement to lease Pearl Harbor in Hawaii as a naval base.
1937 – Franklin D. Roosevelt became the first U.S. president sworn into office in January; inaugurations had previously been on March 4. It was FDR’s second of four inaugurations.
1942 – Nazi officials held the notorious Wannsee Conference, during which they arrived at their “final solution” that called for exterminating Jews.
1945 – Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the only president to be elected to three terms in office, was inaugurated to his fourth term.
1961 – John F. Kennedy was sworn in as the 35th President of the United States of America.
1977 – President Jimmy Carter was sworn in and then surprised the nation as he walks from the U.S. Capitol to the White House.
1981 – Iran released 52 Americans it had held hostage for 444 days, minutes after the presidency had passed from Jimmy Carter to Ronald Reagan.
1982 – Five companies agreed to cooperate on the construction of a camcorder: Hitachi, JVC,Philips, Matsushita, and Sony.
1986 – The United States observed the first federal holiday in honor of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr.
1986 – Britain and France announced plans to build the Channel Tunnel, popularly called the Chunnel.
1996 – Yasser Arafat was elected president of the Palestinian National Council, becoming the first democratically-elected leader of the Palestinian people in history.

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