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
Elizabeth I is crowned Queen of England in Westminster Abbey, London.
James Naismith publishes the rules of basketball.
Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht, two of the most prominent socialists in Germany, are tortured and murdered by the Freikorps.
World War II: The Soviet counter-offensive at Voronezh begins.
Chinese Civil War: The Chinese Communist Party forces take over Tianjin from the Nationalist Government.
Gerald Ford’s would-be assassin, Sara Jane Moore, is sentenced to life in prison.
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.
The United Nations deadline for the withdrawal of Iraqi forces from occupied Kuwait expires, preparing the way for the start of Operation Desert Storm.
Wikipedia, a free Wiki content encyclopedia, goes online.
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?
Marie LaFarge, French murderer (d. 1852)
Pavle Kozjek, Slovenian climber (d. 2008)
Bernard Hopkins, American boxer
James Nesbitt, Northern Irish actor
Drew Brees, American football player
Matt Holliday, American baseball player
Pitbull, American rapper
Jessy Schram, American actress
Keiffer Hubbell, American ice dancer
Joshua King, Norwegian footballer
Who died on January 15?
King Rudolph of France
Murat III, Ottoman Sultan (b. 1546)
Fanny Kemble, British actress and author (b. 1809)
Elizabeth Short, the Black Dahlia (b. 1924)
Ned Hanlon, Premier of Queensland (b. 1887)
Shepperd Strudwick, American actor (b. 1907)
Seán MacBride, Irish statesman, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (b. 1904)
Vera Maxwell, American fashion designer (b. 1901)
Ruth Warrick, American actress (b. 1915)
Bo Yibo, Chinese politician (b. 1908)
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