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What are the important events that happened on January 20? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

January 20: Facts & Myths About This Day

January 20 is the 20th day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 345 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is January 7, 2017 – a Friday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 1,484,870,400 seconds 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 ‘icosagon’ 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 8 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 1,491 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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January 20: This Day In History

In the ancient astronomy, it was the cusp day between Capricorn and Aquarius. In some years it is Aquarius, but others Capricorn. It depends on the year.

January 20 Historical Events

  • 1265
    In Westminster, the first English parliament conducts its first meeting held by Simon de Montfort in the Palace of Westminster, now also known colloquially as the “Houses of Parliament”.
  • 1523
    Christian II is forced to abdicate as King of Denmark and Norway.
  • 1649
    Charles I of England goes on trial for treason and other “high crimes”.
  • 1885
    L.A. Thompson patents the roller coaster.
  • 1945
    World War II: Germany begins the evacuation of 1.8 million people from East Prussia, a task which will take nearly two months.

Who were born on January 20?

  • 1755
    Sir Albemarle Bertie, 1st Baronet, Royal Navy admiral (d. 1824)
  • 1900
    Colin Clive, British actor (d. 1937)
  • 1910
    Joy Adamson, Austrian naturalist and writer (d. 1980)
  • 1971
    Derrick Green, American singer (Sepultura)
  • 1979
    Asaka Kubo, Japanese gravure idol of 20th Century

Who died on January 20?

  • 1819
    King Charles IV of Spain (b. 1748)
  • 1965
    Alan Freed, American disk jockey (b. 1922)
  • 2006
    Dave Lepard, Swedish rock singer and guitarist (b. 1980)
  • 2009
    Sheila O'Nions Walsh (aka Sheila Walsh, Sophie Leyton), English romance writer (b. 1928)
  • 2009
    Stan Hagen, Canadian politician (b. 1940)

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