Wikipedia:Selected anniversaries/January 20

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This is a list of selected January 20 anniversaries that appears on the "On this day" section of the Main Page. To suggest a new item, in most cases you can be bold and edit this page. Please read the selected anniversaries guidelines before making your edit. However, if your addition might be controversial, or on a day that is or soon will be on the Main Page, please post your suggestion on the talk page instead.

Please note that the events listed on the Main Page are chosen based more on relative article quality and to maintain a mix of topics, not based solely on how important or significant their subjects are. Only 5–6 events are posted at a time and thus not everything that is "most important and significant" can be listed. In addition, an event is not generally posted this year if it is also the subject of the scheduled January 20, 2019 featured article or the January 20, 2019 featured picture.

To report an error when this appears on the Main Page, see Main Page errors. Please remember that this list defers to the supporting articles, so it is best to achieve consensus and make any necessary changes there first.

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;Martyrs' Day in Azerbaijan (1990) refimprove
1320 – After reuniting Poland, Władysław the Short was crowned king in Kraków. refimprove
1523Christian II was forced to abdicate as both King of Denmark and King of Norway. refimprove
1576León in Guanajuato, Mexico, was founded by order of Viceroy Martín Enríquez de Almanza of New Spain. refimprove section
1885LaMarcus Adna Thompson, sometimes called the "Father of Gravity", patented the roller coaster. refimprove sections
1839 – Chilean troops decisively defeated the forces of the Peru-Bolivian Confederation at the Battle of Yungay in the Ancash Region of Peru, effectively ending the War of the Confederation. refimprove
1840William II became King of the Netherlands after his father William I abdicated the throne. refimprove
1921 – The first Turkish Constitution was ratified by the Grand National Assembly, enshrining the principle of national sovereignty. refimprove
1946 – Favouring stronger executive power than the draft constitution for the French Fourth Republic provided, Charles de Gaulle resigned as President of the Provisional Government. refimprove sections
1968 – The Houston Cougars upset the UCLA Bruins in what became known as the "Game of the Century", ending the Bruins' 47-game winning streak, and establishing college basketball as a sports commodity on American television. refimprove section
1980 – The United States announced it would boycott the Summer Olympics in Moscow unless the Soviet Union withdrew from Afghanistan within one month. unreferenced section
1981Iran hostage crisis: Iran released the final 52 American hostages after 444 days in captivity. appears on November 4
1992Air Inter Flight 148 crashed into the Vosges Mountains while circling to land at Strasbourg Airport near Strasbourg, France, resulting in 87 deaths. lots of CN tags
2001 – As a result of the EDSA Revolution of 2001, Gloria Macapagal Arroyo succeeded into the presidency after her predecessor, Joseph Estrada, resigned from office. refimprove section


January 20

Simon de Montfort
Simon de Montfort

Sebastian de Aparicio (b. 1502) · John Soane (d. 1837) · Agnes Mary Clerke (d. 1907)

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