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
American Revolutionary War: New Connecticut (present day Vermont) declares its independence.
American Civil War: Fort Fisher in North Carolina falls to the Union, thus cutting off the last major seaport of the Confederacy.
James Naismith publishes the rules of basketball.
The Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority becomes the first Greek-letter organization founded and established by African-American college women.
The world’s largest office building, The Pentagon, is dedicated in Arlington, Virginia.
Muammar al-Qaddafi is proclaimed premier of Libya.
Vietnam War: Citing progress in peace negotiations, President Richard Nixon announces the suspension of offensive action in North Vietnam.
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.
AT&T’s long distance telephone network suffers a cascade switching failure.
The international community recognizes the independence of Slovenia and Croatia from the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.
Who were born on January 15?
Franz Grillparzer, Austrian writer (d. 1872)
Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, French anarchist (d. 1865)
Xu Zhimo, Chinese poet (d. 1931)
Lloyd Bridges, American actor (d. 1998)
Ernest J. Gaines, American author
Malcolm Frager, American pianist
Mario Van Peebles, American actor
Sister Carol, Jamaican reggae singer
Iñaki Urdangarín, Spanish royalty
Kobe Tai, American porn star
Who died on January 15?
Giovanni Battista Sammartini, Italian composer
Yves Tanguy, French painter (b. 1900)
Ivan Petrovsky, Russian mathematician (b. 1901)
Ray Bolger, American actor, singer, and dancer (b. 1904)
Fran Ryan, American actress (b. 1916)
Eugène Brands, Dutch painter (b. 1913)
Dan Lee, Canadian animator (b. 1969)
Elizabeth Janeway, American author (b. 1913)
Victoria de los Angeles, Catalan soprano (b. 1923)
Nat Lofthouse, English footballer (b. 1925)
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