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What are the important events that happened on January 19? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

January 19: Facts & Myths About This Day

January 19 is the 19th day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 346 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Thursday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is January 6, 2017 – a Thursday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 412,440 hours has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘enneadecagon’ day.

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Capricorn is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Garnet is the modern birthstone for this month. Emerald is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 9 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 1,490 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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January 19 Historical Events

  • 1419
    Hundred Years’ War: Rouen surrenders to Henry V of England completing his reconquest of Normandy.
  • 1829
    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s Faust Part 1 receives its premiere performance.
  • 1839
    The British East India Company captures Aden.
  • 1969
    Student Jan Palach dies after setting himself on fire 3 days earlier in Prague’s Wenceslas Square to protest the invasion of Czechoslovakia by the Soviet Union in 1968. His funeral turned into another major protest.
  • 1983
    The Apple Lisa, the first commercial personal computer from Apple Inc. to have a graphical user interface and a computer mouse, is announced.

Who were born on January 19?

  • 1739
    Joseph Bonomi the Elder, Italian architect (d. 1808)
  • 1876
    Wakashima Gonshirō, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 21st Yokozuna (d. 1943)
  • 1937
    Giovanna Marini, Italian singer-songwriter
  • 1980
    Jenson Button, English Formula One driver
  • 1987
    Angus Monfries, Australian league footballer

Who died on January 19?

  • 1526
    Isabella of Burgundy, wife of Christian II of Denmark (b. 1501)
  • 1661
    Thomas Venner, Fifth Monarchist (executed) (b. 1599)
  • 1851
    Esteban Echeverría, Argentine writer (b. 1805)
  • 1925
    Queen Maria Sophia of Two Sicilies (b.1841)
  • 1990
    Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, Indian religious leader (b. 1931)

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