On this day: January 20

POSTED: 06:54 PM PST Jan 05, 2014    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PST Jan 19, 2016 

FDR is inaugurated for an unprecedented fourth time, Elvis is promoted to sergeant, "Meet The Beatles!" hits record stores, and Iran releases the American hostages, all on this day.

OTD January 20 - Alan Freed
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1965: Disc jockey Alan Freed, who popularized the term "rock and roll" and music of that style, dies at age 43 in Palm Springs, California, from uremia and cirrhosis brought on by alcoholism. Freed's career was derailed by the payola scandal that hit the broadcasting industry in the early 1960s.


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