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JANUARY 20

1930 Edwin E. (Buzz) Aldrin Jr. (New Jersey-born Astronaut) Buzz Aldrin Astronauts Apollo 11: First Manned Moon Landing
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1603 The Oregon Cape Framed by a 700' Cliff Is Named "Cape Sebastian" by Explorer Sebastian Vizcaino in Honor of Saint Sebastian Oregon North American Explorers Oregon Parks Department SalemOregon.com
1702 French Colonists Establish Fort Louis de la Mobile 27 Miles Up River from Mobile Bay Mobile, Alabama Colonial America Alabama Archives
1778 Captain James Cook Lands at Waimea Bay on the Hawaiian Island of Kauai James Cook Hawaii Naval History Captain Cook  Society
1809 William Maclure Publishes the First Geology Book in the United States Geology Literature Historic Firsts Cartography Associates
1830 Louisiana's First Railroad Is Chartered Louisiana Railroads Historic Firsts Louisiana Secretary of State
1870 Victoria Woodhull & Tennessee Claflin Open First Female U.S. Brokerage Firm Markets and Invesments Women Historic Firsts History Channel EconEdLink
1880 Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House Premieres at the Christiania Theatre in Oslo, Norway Henrik Ibsen Plays Historic Firsts Theatre History
1890 Florida's First Major Steel Railroad Bridge Opens over the St. John's River Florida Bridges Historic Firsts Florida Historical Society
1903 The Wizard of Oz Premieres on Broadway at the Majestic Theatre, New York L. Frank Baum Plays Wizard of Oz Historic Firsts Internet Broadway Database
1929 Old Arizona, First Outdoor Full Length Motion Picture, Is Released Film Internet Movie Database Historic Firsts
1937 Franklin Roosevelt First President Inaugurated under Provisions of the 20th Amendment President Franklin Roosevelt The American Presidency The 20th Amendment to the U.S, Constitution Historic Firsts Library of Congress
1978 Janet Reno Begins Her Tenure As Florida's First Female State Attorney Florida Women Law and Legal Resources Historic Firsts Florida Historical Society
1986 Martin Luther King, Jr., Day Is Celebrated as a Federal Holiday for the First Time Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holidays African-American History Historic Firsts New York Times
NASA Researchers Discover Uranus Moons Cordelia & Ophelia Uranus NASA
1996 Space Shuttle Endeavour (STS-72) Completes 9-day Mission Space Shuttle NASA

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