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, 438,624 hours 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

  • 1777
    American Revolutionary War: New Connecticut (present day Vermont) declares its independence.
  • 1865
    American Civil War: Fort Fisher in North Carolina falls to the Union, thus cutting off the last major seaport of the Confederacy.
  • 1892
    James Naismith publishes the rules of basketball.
  • 1908
    The Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority becomes the first Greek-letter organization founded and established by African-American college women.
  • 1943
    The world’s largest office building, The Pentagon, is dedicated in Arlington, Virginia.
  • 1970
    Muammar al-Qaddafi is proclaimed premier of Libya.
  • 1973
    Vietnam War: Citing progress in peace negotiations, President Richard Nixon announces the suspension of offensive action in North Vietnam.
  • 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.
  • 1990
    AT&T’s long distance telephone network suffers a cascade switching failure.
  • 1992
    The international community recognizes the independence of Slovenia and Croatia from the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.

Who were born on January 15?

  • 1791
    Franz Grillparzer, Austrian writer (d. 1872)
  • 1809
    Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, French anarchist (d. 1865)
  • 1897
    Xu Zhimo, Chinese poet (d. 1931)
  • 1913
    Lloyd Bridges, American actor (d. 1998)
  • 1933
    Ernest J. Gaines, American author
  • 1935
    Malcolm Frager, American pianist
  • 1957
    Mario Van Peebles, American actor
  • 1959
    Sister Carol, Jamaican reggae singer
  • 1968
    Iñaki Urdangarín, Spanish royalty
  • 1972
    Kobe Tai, American porn star

Who died on January 15?

  • 1775
    Giovanni Battista Sammartini, Italian composer
  • 1955
    Yves Tanguy, French painter (b. 1900)
  • 1973
    Ivan Petrovsky, Russian mathematician (b. 1901)
  • 1987
    Ray Bolger, American actor, singer, and dancer (b. 1904)
  • 2000
    Fran Ryan, American actress (b. 1916)
  • 2002
    Eugène Brands, Dutch painter (b. 1913)
  • 2005
    Dan Lee, Canadian animator (b. 1969)
  • 2005
    Elizabeth Janeway, American author (b. 1913)
  • 2005
    Victoria de los Angeles, Catalan soprano (b. 1923)
  • 2011
    Nat Lofthouse, English footballer (b. 1925)

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