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Infoplease - This Day in History

Events from This Day in History from the Editors of Infoplease

Published: Fri, 19 Jan 2018 04:00:00 UTC

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January 19, 1915: The electric neon sign was patented in the United States by George Claude of Paris, France.

January 19, 1955: President Eisenhower okayed the first filming of a news conference for television.

January 19, 1966: Indira Gandhi was elected prime minister of India.

January 19, 1981: The United States and Iran signed an agreement paving the way for the release of 52 Americans held hostage for more than 14 months.

January 19, 1997: Yasser Arafat returned to Hebron for the first time in 30 years, as Israel hands over control of the West Bank city to Palestinians.

January 19, 2001: President Clinton admitted he made false statements under oath about Monica Lewinsky.