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This Day in History for January 19 – Indira Gandhi Takes Power and More

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Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1915 – The electric neon sign was patented in the United States by Frenchman George Claude (More info)

1953 – Almost 70 percent of all television sets in the US are tuned in to ‘I Love Lucy’ to watch Lucy Ricardo have baby Ricky (More info)

1966 – Indira Gandhi becomes the prime minister of India and its first female head of government (More info)

1977 – President Gerald Ford pardons Tokyo Rose (More info)

1981 – United States and Iranian officials sign an agreement to release 52 American hostages after 14 months of captivity (More info)

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