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 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.
  • 1759
    The British Museum opens.
  • 1815
    War of 1812: American frigate USS President, commanded by Commodore Stephen Decatur, is captured by a squadron of four British frigates.
  • 1947
    The brutalized corpse of Elizabeth Short (“The Black Dahlia”) is found in Leimert Park, Los Angeles.
  • 1969
    The Soviet Union launches Soyuz 5.
  • 1976
    Gerald Ford’s would-be assassin, Sara Jane Moore, is sentenced to life in prison.
  • 1986
    The Living Seas opens at EPCOT Center in Walt Disney World, Florida.
  • 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.
  • 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?

  • 1866
    Nathan Söderblom, Swedish archbishop, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (d. 1931)
  • 1913
    Eugène Brands, Dutch painter (d. 2002)
  • 1913
    Miriam Hyde, Australian composer (d. 2005)
  • 1938
    Chuni Goswami, Indian footballer and cricketer
  • 1948
    Ronnie Van Zant, American singer (Lynyrd Skynyrd) (d. 1977)
  • 1953
    Randy White, American football player
  • 1965
    James Nesbitt, Northern Irish actor
  • 1975
    Mary Pierce, French tennis player
  • 1979
    Drew Brees, American football player
  • 1984
    Megan Jendrick, American swimmer

Who died on January 15?

  • 69
    Galba, Roman Emperor (b. 3 BC)
  • 1345
    Martin Zaccaria, Italo-Greek ruler
  • 1876
    Eliza Johnson, U.S. First Lady (b. 1810)
  • 1896
    Mathew Brady, U.S. photographer (b. 1822)
  • 1909
    Arnold Janssen, German missionary (b. 1837)
  • 1916
    Modest Tchaikovsky, Russian writer (b. 1850)
  • 1970
    William T. Piper, American aircraft designer (b. 1881)
  • 1994
    Georges Cziffra, Hungarian-French pianist (b. 1921)
  • 1996
    Les Baxter, American musician and composer (b. 1922)
  • 1996
    Minnesota Fats, American billiards player (b. 1913)

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