January 20

This Day in History

1987

Terry Waite disappears

On this day, British negotiator Terry Waite disappears while attempting to win freedom for Western hostages held in Lebanon. In 1981, Waite, special envoy of the archbishop of Canterbury, secured the … (more...)

1937

A New President takes Office – Inauguration Day in the United States

Inauguration Day is one of the premier events on the United States calendar, a formal ceremony that marks the beginning of the four-year term of the newly elected President. The term of the new … (more...)

1880

Bushranger Captain Moonlite hanged

Captain Moonlite was born in Ireland as Andrew George Scott in 1842 and is best remembered as a lay preacher turned bushranger. Scott moved first to New Zealand with his family in 1861, and then went … (more...)