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
Superintendent of Finance Robert Morris goes before the U.S. Congress to recommend establishment of a national mint and decimal coinage.
Greek War of Independence: Demetrius Ypsilanti is elected president of the legislative assembly.
The world’s largest office building, The Pentagon, is dedicated in Arlington, Virginia.
The brutalized corpse of Elizabeth Short (“The Black Dahlia”) is found in Leimert Park, Los Angeles.
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.
Gerald Ford’s would-be assassin, Sara Jane Moore, is sentenced to life in prison.
The United Nations deadline for the withdrawal of Iraqi forces from occupied Kuwait expires, preparing the way for the start of Operation Desert Storm.
The international community recognizes the independence of Slovenia and Croatia from the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.
ESA’s SMART-1 lunar orbiter discovers elements such as calcium, aluminum, silicon, iron, and other surface elements on the moon.
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?
Maeda Toshiie, Japanese general (d. 1599)
Josef Breuer, Austrian psychiatrist (d. 1925)
Sofia Kovalevskaya, Russian mathematician (d. 1891)
Tommy Fleming, American soccer player (d. 1965)
Xu Zhimo, Chinese poet (d. 1931)
Jenny Nimmo, British author
Mayawati, Indian politician
Mario Van Peebles, American actor
Delino DeShields, American baseball player
Ryan Sidebottom, English Cricketer
Who died on January 15?
Philip Warwick, English writer and politician (b. 1609)
John Landen, English mathematician (b. 1719)
Fanny Kemble, British actress and author (b. 1809)
Mathew Brady, U.S. photographer (b. 1822)
Modest Tchaikovsky, Russian writer (b. 1850)
General Henry “Hap” Arnold, U.S. General of the Air Force (b. 1886)
William T. Piper, American aircraft designer (b. 1881)
Seán MacBride, Irish statesman, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (b. 1904)
James Hillier, Canadian inventor of electron microscope (b. 1915)
Brad Renfro, American actor (b. 1982)
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