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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, 24,747,840 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 ‘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

  • 1356
    Edward Balliol abdicates as King of Scotland.
  • 1502
    The present-day location of Rio de Janeiro is first explored.
  • 1945
    World War II: Hungary agrees to an armistice with the Allies.
  • 1949
    Point Four Program a program for economic aid to poor countries announced by United States President Harry S. Truman in his inaugural address for a full term as President.
  • 1969
    East Pakistani police kill student activist Amanullah Asaduzzaman. The resulting outrage is in part responsible for the Bangladesh Liberation War.

Who were born on January 20?

  • 1716
    King Charles III of Spain (d. 1788)
  • 1931
    David Lee, American physicist, Nobel Prize in Physics laureate
  • 1945
    Christopher Martin-Jenkins, cricket commentator and correspondent
  • 1980
    Philippe Cousteau, Jr., French oceanographer; grandson of Jacques Cousteau
  • 1983
    Geovany Soto, Puerto Rican baseball player

Who died on January 20?

  • 1852
    Ōnomatsu Midorinosuke, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 6th Yokozuna (b. 1794)
  • 1908
    John Ordronaux, American Civil War army surgeon, a professor of medical jurisprudence, and pioneering mental health commissioner (b. 1830)
  • 1940
    Omar Bundy, American army general (b. 1861)
  • 1971
    Gilbert M. ‘Broncho Billy’Anderson, American actor, director, writer, and producer (b. 1880)
  • 1971
    Minanogawa Tōzō, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 34th Yokozuna (b. 1903)

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