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, 26,323,200 minutes 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

  • 1788
    The second group of ships of the First Fleet arrives at Botany Bay.
  • 1817
    An army of 5,423 soldiers, led by General José de San Martín, crosses the Andes from Argentina to liberate Chile and then Peru.
  • 1829
    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s Faust Part 1 receives its premiere performance.
  • 1899
    Anglo-Egyptian Sudan is formed.
  • 1915
    World War I: German zeppelins bomb the towns of Great Yarmouth and King’s Lynn in the United Kingdom killing more than 20, in the first major aerial bombardment of a civilian target.
  • 1917
    Silvertown explosion: 73 are killed and 400 injured in an explosion in a munitions plant in London.
  • 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.
  • 1978
    The last Volkswagen Beetle made in Germany leaves VW’s plant in Emden. Beetle production in Latin America would continue until 2003.
  • 1993
    Czech Republic and Slovakia join the United Nations.
  • 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.

Who were born on January 19?

  • 1832
    Ferdinand Laub, Czech violinist (d. 1875)
  • 1893
    Magda Tagliaferro, Brazilian classical pianist (d. 1986)
  • 1917
    John Raitt, American singer and actor (d. 2005)
  • 1918
    John H. Johnson, American publisher (d. 2005)
  • 1950
    Sébastien Dhavernas, Canadian actor
  • 1953
    Desi Arnaz, Jr., American actor
  • 1955
    Paul Rodriguez, Mexican/American actor and comedian
  • 1969
    Edwidge Danticat, Haitian/American author
  • 1973
    Yevgeny Sadovyi, Russian swimmer
  • 1981
    Asier Del Horno, Spanish footballer

Who died on January 19?

  • 1757
    Thomas Ruddiman, Scottish classical scholar (b. 1674)
  • 1847
    Charles Bent, New Mexico pioneer (assassinated) (b. 1799)
  • 1915
    Thomas Herbst, German painter (b. 1848)
  • 1968
    Ray Harroun, American race car driver (b. 1879)
  • 1973
    Max Adrian, Northern Irish actor (b. 1903)
  • 1990
    Herbert Wehner, German politician (b. 1906)
  • 2000
    Hedy Lamarr, Austrian-born actress and inventor (b. 1913)
  • 2001
    Dario Vittori, Argentine actor (b. 1921)
  • 2006
    Wilson Pickett, American singer (b. 1941)
  • 2010
    Bill McLaren, Scottish rugby commentator (b. 1923)

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