On January 20, 1801, outgoing President John Adams
nominated John Marshall to be Chief Justice of the United States.
Learn more about the life of John Marshall, and visit the John Marshall House in Richmond, Virginia. The College of William and Mary is publishing the John Marshall Papers.
On January 20, 1783, Great Britain signed the Declarations for Suspension of Arms and Cessation of Hostilities with France and Spain, ending European hostilities in the American Revolutionary War.