Today is Wednesday, Jan. 20, the 20th day of 2021 with 345 to follow.
This is Inauguration Day in the United States.
The moon is waxing. Morning stars are Mars, Uranus and Venus. Evening stars are Jupiter, Mars, Mercury, Neptune and Uranus.
Those born on this date are under the sign of Aquarius. They include French physicist Andre-Marie Ampere in 1775; Harold Gray, creator of the comic strip "Little Orphan Annie," in 1894; comedian George Burns in 1896; Greek businessman Aristotle Onassis in 1906; Italian film director Federico Fellini in 1920; actor DeForest Kelley in 1920; actor Patricia Neal in 1926; comic Arte Johnson in 1929; astronaut Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin, the second man to set foot on the moon, in 1930 (age 91); actor Tom Baker in 1934 (age 87); director David Lynch in 1946 (age 75); musician Paul Stanley in 1952 (age 69); TV host Bill Maher in 1956 (age 65); actor Lorenzo Lamas in 1958 (age 63); former Major League Baseball manager/player Ozzie Guillen in 1964 (age 57); actor Rainn Wilson in 1966 (age 55); actor/TV personality Stacey Dash in 1967 (age 54); actor Skeet Ulrich in 1970 (age 51); country singer Brantley Gilbert in 1985 (age 36); actor Evan Peters in 1987 (age 34).
On this date in history:
In 1265, Britain's House of Commons, which became a model for parliamentary bodies, met for the first time.
In 1783, U.S. and British representatives signed a preliminary "Cessation of Hostilities," which ended the fighting in the Revolutionary War.
In 1801, John Marshall was appointed chief justice of the United States.
In 1892, the first officially recognized basketball game was played at the YMCA gym in Springfield, Mass.
In 1981, 52 American hostages were released by Iran after 444 days in captivity.
In 1991, Iraq launched missile attacks on Saudi Arabia and paraded on television what Iraqi officials identified as seven captured allied airmen, including three Americans.
In 1993, Oscar-winning actress Audrey Hepburn died of cancer at her home in Switzerland. She was 63.
In 2001, George W. Bush took the oath of office to become the 43rd president of the United States.
In 2006, Lawrence Franklin, a former U.S. State Department analyst and Iran expert, was sentenced to 12 years in prison for passing classified information to Israel and two pro-Israeli lobbyists. The sentence was later reduced to probation and 10 months of home confinement.
In 2011, U.S. and local law officers arrested more than 100 suspected mobsters among seven families in New York, New Jersey and Rhode Island on a variety of charges, including murder, racketeering and extortion.
A thought for the day: "You exist only in what you do." -- Italian filmmaker Federico Fellini