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 - George Burns
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1896: Actor George Burns, whose career in show business would last for 93 years, is born Nathan Birnbaum in New York City. His career spanned vaudeville, film, radio and television until his death at age 100 in March 1996. He rose to fame with his wife, Gracie Allen, in the 1920s, playing the straight man to her zany scatterbrain. The two found success on stage, on radio and on television before Allen retired in 1958. Following her death in August 1964, Allen relaunched his career at age 79 playing an old comedian in the 1975 film "The Sunshine Boys," for which he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. He continued to work until shortly before his death, including roles playing God in the "Oh, God!" movies.


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