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 2022 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 350 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Saturday.
Under the Julian calendar, this day is January 2, 2022 – a Saturday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?
When this day started, 1,642,204,800 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 17 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 3,312 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.
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January 15 Historical Events
588 BC –
Nebuchadnezzar II of Babylon lays siege to Jerusalem under Zedekiah’s reign. The siege lasts until July 23, 586 BC.
The British Museum opens.
War of 1812: American frigate USS President, commanded by Commodore Stephen Decatur, is captured by a squadron of four British frigates.
The brutalized corpse of Elizabeth Short (“The Black Dahlia”) is found in Leimert Park, Los Angeles.
The Soviet Union launches Soyuz 5.
Gerald Ford’s would-be assassin, Sara Jane Moore, is sentenced to life in prison.
The Living Seas opens at EPCOT Center in Walt Disney World, Florida.
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.
Salvatore Riina, the Mafia boss known as “The Beast”, is arrested in Sicily after three decades as a fugitive.
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?
Nathan Söderblom, Swedish archbishop, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (d. 1931)
Eugène Brands, Dutch painter (d. 2002)
Miriam Hyde, Australian composer (d. 2005)
Chuni Goswami, Indian footballer and cricketer
Ronnie Van Zant, American singer (Lynyrd Skynyrd) (d. 1977)
Randy White, American football player
James Nesbitt, Northern Irish actor
Mary Pierce, French tennis player
Drew Brees, American football player
Megan Jendrick, American swimmer
Who died on January 15?
Galba, Roman Emperor (b. 3 BC)
Martin Zaccaria, Italo-Greek ruler
Eliza Johnson, U.S. First Lady (b. 1810)
Mathew Brady, U.S. photographer (b. 1822)
Arnold Janssen, German missionary (b. 1837)
Modest Tchaikovsky, Russian writer (b. 1850)
William T. Piper, American aircraft designer (b. 1881)
Georges Cziffra, Hungarian-French pianist (b. 1921)
Les Baxter, American musician and composer (b. 1922)
Minnesota Fats, American billiards player (b. 1913)
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