What happened this day in history January 19

What are the important events that happened on January 19? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

January 19: Facts & Myths About This Day

January 19 is the 19th day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 347 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Sunday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is January 6, 2020 – a Sunday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 1,579,392,000 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 ‘enneadecagon’ 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 6 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 2,585 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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January 19 Historical Events

  • 1511
    Mirandola surrenders to the French.
  • 1883
    The first electric lighting system employing overhead wires, built by Thomas Edison, begins service at Roselle, New Jersey.
  • 1920
    The United States Senate votes against joining the League of Nations.
  • 1942
    World War II: Japanese forces invade Burma
  • 1945
    World War II: Soviet forces liberate the Łódź ghetto. Out more than 200,000 inhabitants in 1940, less than 900 had survived the Nazi occupation.
  • 1977
    President Gerald Ford pardons Iva Toguri D'Aquino (a.k.a. “Tokyo Rose”).
  • 1983
    The Apple Lisa, the first commercial personal computer from Apple Inc. to have a graphical user interface and a computer mouse, is announced.
  • 1986
    The first computer virus released into the wild is a boot sector virus dubbed (c)Brain, created by the Farooq Alvi Brothers in Lahore, Pakistan, reportedly to deter piracy of the software they had written.
  • 1997
    Yasser Arafat returns to Hebron after more than 30 years and joins celebrations over the handover of the last Israeli-controlled West Bank city.
  • 2007
    Turkish Journalist Hrant Dink is assassinated in front of his newspaper’s office by 17 year old Turkish ultranationalist Ogün Samast.

Who were born on January 19?

  • 1917
    John Raitt, American singer and actor (d. 2005)
  • 1922
    Guy Madison, American actor (d. 1996)
  • 1945
    Trevor Williams, English Bass Guitarist
  • 1955
    Simon Rattle, English conductor
  • 1964
    Janine Antoni, Bahamian artist
  • 1972
    Princess Kalina of Bulgaria
  • 1975
    Noah Georgeson, American musician
  • 1980
    Luke Macfarlane, Canadian actor
  • 1992
    Logan Lerman, American actor
  • 1993
    Gus Lewis, English actor

Who died on January 19?

  • 1547
    Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey, English poet (b. 1517)
  • 1661
    Thomas Venner, Fifth Monarchist (executed) (b. 1599)
  • 1757
    Thomas Ruddiman, Scottish classical scholar (b. 1674)
  • 1948
    Tony Garnier, French architect (b. 1869)
  • 1965
    Arnold Luhaäär, Estonian weightlifter and Olympic medalist (b. 1905)
  • 1968
    Ray Harroun, American race car driver (b. 1879)
  • 1969
    Jan Palach, Czech student and political activist (suicide) (b. 1948)
  • 1991
    Marcel Chaput, French-Canadian politician (b. 1918)
  • 2000
    Bettino Craxi, Prime Minister of Italy (b. 1934)
  • 2006
    Aoun Al-Sharif Qasim, Sudanese writer and Islamic scholar (b. 1933)

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