What happened this day in history January 15

What are the important events that happened on January 15? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

January 15: Facts & Myths About This Day

January 15 is the 15th day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 351 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Wednesday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is January 2, 2020 – a Wednesday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 1,579,046,400 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 ‘pentadecagon’ 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 10 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 2,581 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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January 15 Historical Events

  • 69
    Otho seizes power in Rome, proclaiming himself Emperor of Rome, but rules for only three months before committing suicide.
  • 1493
    Christopher Columbus sets sail for Spain from Hispaniola, ending his first voyage to the New World.
  • 1889
    The Coca-Cola Company, then known as the Pemberton Medicine Company, is originally incorporated in Atlanta.
  • 1919
    Boston Molasses Disaster: A large molasses tank in Boston, bursts and a wave of molasses rushes through the streets, killing 21 people and injuring 150 others.
  • 1919
    Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht, two of the most prominent socialists in Germany, are tortured and murdered by the Freikorps.
  • 1949
    Chinese Civil War: The Chinese Communist Party forces take over Tianjin from the Nationalist Government.
  • 1970
    Muammar al-Qaddafi is proclaimed premier of Libya.
  • 1976
    Gerald Ford’s would-be assassin, Sara Jane Moore, is sentenced to life in prison.
  • 1993
    Salvatore Riina, the Mafia boss known as “The Beast”, is arrested in Sicily after three decades as a fugitive.
  • 2005
    ESA’s SMART-1 lunar orbiter discovers elements such as calcium, aluminum, silicon, iron, and other surface elements on the moon.

Who were born on January 15?

  • 1850
    Mihai Eminescu, Romanian poet (d. 1889)
  • 1891
    Ray Chapman, American baseball player (d. 1920)
  • 1909
    Gene Krupa, American drummer (d. 1973)
  • 1922
    Sir Eric Willis, Australian politician (d. 1999)
  • 1923
    Lee Teng-hui, Taiwanese politician
  • 1929
    Martin Luther King, Jr., American civil rights leader, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (d. 1968)
  • 1960
    Kelly Asbury, American director and actor
  • 1964
    Osmo Tapio Räihälä, Finnish composer
  • 1970
    Shane McMahon, American professional wrestler
  • 1992
    Joshua King, Norwegian footballer

Who died on January 15?

  • 1672
    John Cosin, English clergyman (b. 1594)
  • 1815
    Emma, Lady Hamilton, English mistress of Lord Nelson (b. 1761)
  • 1945
    Wilhelm Wirtinger, Austrian mathematician (b. 1865)
  • 1967
    David Burliuk, Ukrainian artist (b. 1882)
  • 1970
    William T. Piper, American aircraft designer (b. 1881)
  • 1983
    Shepperd Strudwick, American actor (b. 1907)
  • 1992
    Dee Murray, English bassist (b. 1946)
  • 2003
    Doris Fisher, American singer and songwriter (b. 1915)
  • 2005
    Dan Lee, Canadian animator (b. 1969)
  • 2005
    Elizabeth Janeway, American author (b. 1913)

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