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, 438,720 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 ‘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
Thomas Venner is hanged, drawn and quartered in London.
The United States Senate votes against joining the League of Nations.
Howard Hughes sets a new air record by flying from Los Angeles, California to New York City in 7 hours, 28 minutes, 25 seconds.
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.
General Douglas MacArthur establishes the International Military Tribunal for the Far East in Tokyo to try Japanese war criminals.
Student Jan Palach dies after setting himself on fire 3 days earlier in Prague’s Wenceslas Square to protest the invasion of Czechoslovakia by the Soviet Union in 1968. His funeral turned into another major protest.
Iran Hostage Crisis: United States and Iranian officials sign an agreement to release 52 American hostages after 14 months of captivity.
The Apple Lisa, the first commercial personal computer from Apple Inc. to have a graphical user interface and a computer mouse, is announced.
Czech Republic and Slovakia join the United Nations.
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?
Ferdinand Laub, Czech violinist (d. 1875)
Tippi Hedren, American actress
Dan Reeves, American football coach
Peter Lynch, American investor
Robert Palmer, English singer and guitarist (d. 2003)
Desi Arnaz, Jr., American actor
Sylvain Côté, Canadian ice hockey player
Luc Longley, Australian basketball player
Udo Suzuki, Japanese comedian
Luke Macfarlane, Canadian actor
Who died on January 19?
Isabella of Burgundy, wife of Christian II of Denmark (b. 1501)
Thomas Venner, Fifth Monarchist (executed) (b. 1599)
August Heinrich Hoffmann von Fallersleben, German poet (b. 1798)
Michael Rabin, American violinist (b. 1936)
Hidetsugu Yagi, Japanese electrical engineer (b. 1886)
Elis Regina, Brazilian singer (b. 1945)
Marcel Chaput, French-Canadian politician (b. 1918)
Adriana Caselotti, American actress (b. 1916)
Ivan Francescato, Italian rugby union footballer (b. 1967)
Ernest McCulloch, stem cell research pioneer (b. 1926)
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