On this day: January 20

Posted: 9:54 PM EST Jan 05, 2014   Updated: 2:00 AM EST Jan 20, 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 - Etta James
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2012: Singer Etta James, known for hits such as "Roll With Me, Henry," "At Last," "Tell Mama," "Something's Got a Hold on Me" and "I'd Rather Go Blind," dies of leukemia at age 73 in Riverside, California.

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