This Day in History: Evo Morales becomes first Indigenous president of Bolivia

The following are some of the major events to have occurred on January 23:

1937 – The trial of 17 leading Communists began in Moscow after they were accused of involvement in a plot led by Leon Trotsky to overthrow the regime and assassinate its leaders.

1996 – South Korean prosecutors formally charged former Presidents Roh Tae-woo and Chun Doo Hwan with sedition over events surrounding the 1980 army massacre of pro-democracy activists in Kwangju.

1997 – Madeleine Albright becomes first female U.S. Secretary of State.

2003 – Giovanni Agnelli, who turned the Italian family car company Fiat into a global industrial powerhouse, died aged 81.

2004 – Helmut Newton, the German-born photographer whose stark portraits of nude women in chains and bonds won him acclaim and revulsion, was killed in a car accident in Hollywood, aged 83.

2005 – The American comedian Johnny Carson, king of U.S. late-night television as host of NBC’s “The Tonight Show” for nearly 30 years, died aged 79.

2005 – Thousands attend funeral for NY firefighter who died in Bronx blaze.

2006 – Evo Morales becomes first Indigenous president of Bolivia.

2008 – Thousands of Palestinians poured into Egypt from the Gaza Strip through a border wall blown up by militants and stocked up on food and fuel in short supply due to an Israeli blockade.

2011 – Brazil celebrates National Day of the Volkswagen Beetle.

2014 – Barcelona FC President Sandro Rosell resigns.


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