🗓️ On This Day - January 20th
What can we say about January 20th? It’s a pivotal day in history for cinematic entertainment, for civil rights recognition, and for… cheese? It’s all true - keep reading for the full lowdown on what happened on January 20th back in history, and why it’s a day worth remembering.
On this day
The movies started talking!
On January 20th, 1929, the first full-length talking feature movie filmed outdoors was released! It was called In Old Arizona and was nominated for five Academy Awards! It’s hard to believe silent movies were ever a “thing” - we’re lucky to live in a fantastic age for entertainment, it seems!
George V passed on - and Queen Elizabeth II took the throne.
On this day back in 1936, King George V of the United Kingdom died. He was then succeeded by his eldest son, Edward VIII. However, he quickly abdicated the throne that same year, leaving the throne to his younger brother, George VI, father to Queen Elizabeth II. She’d hold the throne until she passed in fall 2022.
FDR and Garner took their second terms.
In 1937, President Franklin D. Roosevelt and his trusty Vice John Nance Garner were sworn in for their second term as President and Vice Presidents of the US. It was the very first time that a Presidential Inauguration took place on this date!
Martin Luther King Jr. Day was celebrated for the very first time.
Back on January 20th, 1986, Martin Luther King Jr. Day was celebrated for the very first time as a federal holiday! It has been celebrated across the nation every year since. It became a national holiday on January 18th, 1993.
Barack Obama made US Presidential history.
Another pivotal moment in black history occurred on this very day in 2009 - when Barack Obama (then a senator) was momentously sworn in as the 44th President of the United States of America for the first time. He was the nation's first African American President, and served a full two terms in office for the Democrats. Barack Obama made US Presidential history.
Special Days Falling on January 20thAre you celebrating a birthday on January 20th? If not, here are plenty of great reasons to find a way to celebrate. Can you believe it’s nearly a month since Christmas already…?
International Day of Acceptance
We are all different deep down, and today is a day to acknowledge and celebrate our diversities. International Day of Acceptance was created to celebrate everyone, no matter their appearance, abilities, or beliefs. This international day also encourages those who live with disabilities to not consider themselves “disabled” - rather, “differently abled”, and still open to enjoying rich, full lives.
National Cheese Lover’s Day
Cheese is one of those treats that’s hard to turn down. Whether grated, sliced, melted or rolled down a hill, cheese is one of the most beloved of all human-created foodstuffs - and there are even plenty of milk-free variations that taste just as good. And, today, you get to eat as much of it as you want, as it is National Cheese Lover’s Day!
National Buttercrunch Day
Buttercrunch is a sweet treat that many of us can’t resist. The good news is that today is a day to indulge in it, as it’s National Buttercrunch Day! It’s safe to say those New Year resolutions are going out of the window, then…
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