There’s three sides to every story: there’s the history you were taught in school, the history the revisionist dig up and the truth.

Friday January 20th

1692: Salem Witchcraft Trials (1692-93) begins.

1732: Richard Henry Lee (LIB 1732-1794) Signer of the Declaration of Independence, Senator (VA 1789-92), President pro tem (1792).

1734: Robert Morris Jr. (LIB 1734-1806) financier/signer of the Declaration of Independence.

1806: Nathaniel Parker Willis (TRAN 1806-1867) highest-paid magazine writer of his day.

1820: Alexandre-Emile Beguyer de Chancourtois (TRAN 1820-1886) French geologist who created an early version of the Periodic Table.

1841: China cedes Hong Kong to Great Britain (1841-1997).

1856: Harriot Stanton Blatch (1856-1940) suffragist daughter of Elizabeth Cady Stanton.

1879: Ruth St. Denis (MISS 1879-1968) choreographer.

1885: La Marcus Thompson patents the Roller coaster.

1888: Lead Belly (LOST 1888-1949) blues guitarist.

1894: Harold Gray (LOST 1894-1968) comic strip artist Little Orphan Annie.

1896: George Burns (LOST 1896-1996) actor/comedian The George Burns & Gracie Allen Show (1932-58), The Sunshine Boys (1975), Oh, God! (1977), 18 Again! (1988).

1903: Loren Miller (GI 1903-1962) California Superior Court Justice /civil rights activist.

1910: Joy Adamson (GI 1910-1980) Austrian naturalist Born Free (1960).

1912: Werner von Braun (GI 1912-1977) German rocket scientist who developed V-2 rockets for the Nazis then developed the Saturn V for NASA.

1914: Gerald Holtom (1914-1985) British artist who designed the peace sign.

1920: ACLU is founded.

1926: Patricia Neal (SIL 1926-2010) actress The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951), A Face in the Crowd (1957), Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961), Hud (1963).

1937: Franklin Delano Roosevelt became the first U.S. President to be inaugurated on January 20th.

1942: Nazi Germany adopt the Final Solution.

1956: Bill Maher (BOOM 1956- ) comedian Politically Incorrect (1993-2002), Real Time with Bill Maher (2003- ), Religulous (2008).

1958: Elvis Presley is drafted.

1964: Meet the Beatles is released.

1980: President Jimmy Carter announces US boycott of Moscow Olympics.

1981: Iranian Hostage Crisis (1971-81) ends minutes after Ronald Reagan becomes president.

2011: Justice Department indicts ninety-one members and associates of seven organized crime families of La Cosa Nostra in mob crackdown.