January 19


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


Lucy Ricardo gave birth to baby Ricky on I Love Lucy. More people tuned in to watch the show than the inauguration of President Eisenhower.


President Eisenhower okayed the first filming of a news conference for television.


Indira Gandhi was elected prime minister of India.


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


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


President Clinton admitted he made false statements under oath about Monica Lewinsky.

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