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Haiti President Aristide weds

1996 - Haiti’s President Jean-Bertrand Aristide exchanged marriage vows with attorney Mildred Trouillot in a simple garden ceremony at his private residence. The former Roman Catholic priest, who met his bride-to-be while in exile in the United States after a September 1991 military coup, had a modest ceremony out of respect for the economic situation in his impoverished nation. Marriage is not widely practised among Haiti’s many poor, as it represents a financial burden. The Aristide-Trouillot wedding is likely to set a new standard in the country. The evening ceremony had no wedding cake and no floral arrangements. Aristide, 42, is Haiti’s first democratically-elected president. Aristide left the priesthood after the coup under pressure from the Vatican.

Other important events on January 20

1841 - The island of Hong Kong is ceded to Britain.

1887 - US Senate approves leasing Pearl Harbor in Hawaii as naval base.

1921 - The new parliament in Ankara declares that the country will be called Turkey.

1936 - Britain’s King George V dies and is succeeded by Edward VIII.

1941 - Franklin D. Roosevelt is inaugurated as President of the United States for a third term.

1942 - Japanese invade Burma (Myanmar).

1961 - John F. Kennedy is sworn in as the 35th president of the United States.

1969 - Richard M. Nixon is inaugurated as the President of the United States.

1990 - Soviet troops storm Azerbaijani capital of Baku.

1991 - In Moscow, hundreds of thousands of Soviet citizens protest bloody crackdown on Lithuania and demand resignation of President Mikhail Gorbachev.

1992 - An Air Inter Airbus A320 crashes in the eastern Vosges mountains in freezing fog near Strasbourg, killing 87 people.

1993 - Bill Clinton is sworn in as the 42nd US President.

2001 - Vice-President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo is sworn in as new Philippines President.

2005 - George W. Bush is sworn in as US President for a second term.

2007 - Paul Casey wins the title of Abu Dhabi Golf Championship.

2009 - Barack Obama is sworn in as the 44th US President.

2013 - Two packed commuter trains collide head-on in the morning rush-hour in Vienna, Austria.

2014 - A Taliban suicide bomber kills at least 13 people in a market next to Pakistan’s military headquarters in Rawalpindi.