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What are the important events that happened on January 21? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

January 21: Facts & Myths About This Day

January 21 is the 21st day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 344 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Saturday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is January 8, 2017 – a Saturday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 24,749,280 minutes 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 ‘icosihenagon’ day.

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Aquarius 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 7 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 1,492 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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January 21 Historical Events

  • 1643
    Abel Tasman becomes the first European to reach Tonga.
  • 1840
    Jules Dumont d'Urville discovers Adélie Land, Antarctica.
  • 1925
    Albania declares itself a republic.
  • 1931
    Sir Isaac Isaacs is sworn in as the first Australian-born Governor-General of Australia.
  • 1966
    New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Fire Horse in Chinese astrology.

Who were born on January 21?

  • 1824
    Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson, American, Confederate army general (d. 1863)
  • 1922
    Paul Scofield, English actor (d. 2008)
  • 1952
    Louis Menand, American writer and critic
  • 1973
    Duane Lee Chapman, II, American bounty hunter
  • 1984
    Robert Ray, American baseball player

Who died on January 21?

  • 1977
    Sandro Penna, Italian poet (b. 1906)
  • 2002
    Peggy Lee, American singer (b. 1920)
  • 2003
    Paul Haines, American-born Canadian poet (b. 1933)
  • 2005
    Theun de Vries, Dutch writer (b. 1907)
  • 2007
    U;Nee, Korean pop artist (b. 1981)

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