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

  • 1782
    Superintendent of Finance Robert Morris goes before the U.S. Congress to recommend establishment of a national mint and decimal coinage.
  • 1822
    Greek War of Independence: Demetrius Ypsilanti is elected president of the legislative assembly.
  • 1943
    The world’s largest office building, The Pentagon, is dedicated in Arlington, Virginia.
  • 1947
    The brutalized corpse of Elizabeth Short (“The Black Dahlia”) is found in Leimert Park, Los Angeles.
  • 1974
    Dennis Rader aka the BTK Killer kills his first victims by binding, torturing and murdering Joseph, Joseph II, Josephine and Julie Otero in their house.
  • 1976
    Gerald Ford’s would-be assassin, Sara Jane Moore, is sentenced to life in prison.
  • 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.
  • 1992
    The international community recognizes the independence of Slovenia and Croatia from the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.
  • 2005
    ESA’s SMART-1 lunar orbiter discovers elements such as calcium, aluminum, silicon, iron, and other surface elements on the moon.
  • 2007
    Barzan Ibrahim al-Tikriti, former Iraqi intelligence chief and half-brother of Saddam Hussein, and Awad Hamed al-Bandar, former chief judge of the Revolutionary Court, are executed by hanging in Iraq.

Who were born on January 15?

  • 1538
    Maeda Toshiie, Japanese general (d. 1599)
  • 1842
    Josef Breuer, Austrian psychiatrist (d. 1925)
  • 1850
    Sofia Kovalevskaya, Russian mathematician (d. 1891)
  • 1890
    Tommy Fleming, American soccer player (d. 1965)
  • 1897
    Xu Zhimo, Chinese poet (d. 1931)
  • 1944
    Jenny Nimmo, British author
  • 1956
    Mayawati, Indian politician
  • 1957
    Mario Van Peebles, American actor
  • 1969
    Delino DeShields, American baseball player
  • 1978
    Ryan Sidebottom, English Cricketer

Who died on January 15?

  • 1683
    Philip Warwick, English writer and politician (b. 1609)
  • 1790
    John Landen, English mathematician (b. 1719)
  • 1893
    Fanny Kemble, British actress and author (b. 1809)
  • 1896
    Mathew Brady, U.S. photographer (b. 1822)
  • 1916
    Modest Tchaikovsky, Russian writer (b. 1850)
  • 1950
    General Henry “Hap” Arnold, U.S. General of the Air Force (b. 1886)
  • 1970
    William T. Piper, American aircraft designer (b. 1881)
  • 1988
    Seán MacBride, Irish statesman, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (b. 1904)
  • 2007
    James Hillier, Canadian inventor of electron microscope (b. 1915)
  • 2008
    Brad Renfro, American actor (b. 1982)

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