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

  • 1559
    Elizabeth I is crowned Queen of England in Westminster Abbey, London.
  • 1892
    James Naismith publishes the rules of basketball.
  • 1919
    Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht, two of the most prominent socialists in Germany, are tortured and murdered by the Freikorps.
  • 1943
    World War II: The Soviet counter-offensive at Voronezh begins.
  • 1949
    Chinese Civil War: The Chinese Communist Party forces take over Tianjin from the Nationalist Government.
  • 1976
    Gerald Ford’s would-be assassin, Sara Jane Moore, is sentenced to life in prison.
  • 1991
    Elizabeth II, in her capacity as Queen of Australia, signs letters patent allowing Australia to become the first Commonwealth Realm to institute its own separate Victoria Cross award in its own honours system.
  • 1991
    The United Nations deadline for the withdrawal of Iraqi forces from occupied Kuwait expires, preparing the way for the start of Operation Desert Storm.
  • 2001
    Wikipedia, a free Wiki content encyclopedia, goes online.
  • 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?

  • 1816
    Marie LaFarge, French murderer (d. 1852)
  • 1959
    Pavle Kozjek, Slovenian climber (d. 2008)
  • 1965
    Bernard Hopkins, American boxer
  • 1965
    James Nesbitt, Northern Irish actor
  • 1979
    Drew Brees, American football player
  • 1980
    Matt Holliday, American baseball player
  • 1981
    Pitbull, American rapper
  • 1986
    Jessy Schram, American actress
  • 1989
    Keiffer Hubbell, American ice dancer
  • 1992
    Joshua King, Norwegian footballer

Who died on January 15?

  • 936
    King Rudolph of France
  • 1595
    Murat III, Ottoman Sultan (b. 1546)
  • 1893
    Fanny Kemble, British actress and author (b. 1809)
  • 1947
    Elizabeth Short, the Black Dahlia (b. 1924)
  • 1952
    Ned Hanlon, Premier of Queensland (b. 1887)
  • 1983
    Shepperd Strudwick, American actor (b. 1907)
  • 1988
    Seán MacBride, Irish statesman, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (b. 1904)
  • 1995
    Vera Maxwell, American fashion designer (b. 1901)
  • 2005
    Ruth Warrick, American actress (b. 1915)
  • 2007
    Bo Yibo, Chinese politician (b. 1908)

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