What happened this day in history January 20

What are the important events that happened on January 20? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

January 20: Facts & Myths About This Day

January 20 is the 20th day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 346 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Monday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is January 7, 2020 – a Monday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 26,324,640 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 ‘icosagon’ 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 5 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 2,586 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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January 20: This Day In History

In the ancient astronomy, it was the cusp day between Capricorn and Aquarius. In some years it is Aquarius, but others Capricorn. It depends on the year.

January 20 Historical Events

  • 1356
    Edward Balliol abdicates as King of Scotland.
  • 1502
    The present-day location of Rio de Janeiro is first explored.
  • 1523
    Christian II is forced to abdicate as King of Denmark and Norway.
  • 1649
    Charles I of England goes on trial for treason and other “high crimes”.
  • 1783
    The Kingdom of Great Britain signs a peace treaty with France and Spain, officially ending hostilities in the American Revolutionary War (also known as the American War of Independence).
  • 1921
    The first Constitution of Turkey is adopted, making fundamental changes in the source and exercise of sovereignty by consecrating the principle of national sovereignty.
  • 1942
    World War II: At the Wannsee Conference held in the Berlin suburb of Wannsee, senior Nazi German officials discuss the implementation of the “Final Solution to the Jewish Question”.
  • 1960
    Hendrik Verwoerd announces a plebiscite on whether South Africa should become a Republic.
  • 1999
    The China News Service announces new government restrictions on Internet use, aimed especially at Internet cafés.
  • 2006
    Witnesses report seeing a bottlenose whale swimming in the River Thames, the first time the species had been seen in the Thames since records began in 1913.

Who were born on January 20?

  • 1907
    Paula Wessely, Austrian actress (d. 2000)
  • 1912
    Walter Briggs, Jr., American sports executive (d. 1970)
  • 1913
    Cleon Skousen, American author (d. 2006)
  • 1926
    Jamiluddin Aali, Pakistani poet, essayist and columnist
  • 1929
    Edward Glenn “Fireball” Roberts, American race car driver (d. 1964)
  • 1933
    Ron Townson, American singer (The 5th Dimension) (d. 2001)
  • 1950
    Daniel Benzali, Brazilian-American actor
  • 1954
    Rudy La Scala, Venezuelan singer-songwriter
  • 1959
    Tami Hoag, American novelist
  • 1978
    Allan Søgaard, Danish footballer

Who died on January 20?

  • 1739
    Francesco Galli-Bibiena, Italian architect/designer (b. 1659)
  • 1848
    Christian VIII of Denmark (b. 1786)
  • 1908
    John Ordronaux, American Civil War army surgeon, a professor of medical jurisprudence, and pioneering mental health commissioner (b. 1830)
  • 1913
    José Guadalupe Posada, Mexican engraver and illustrator (b. 1852).
  • 1973
    Amilcar Cabral, Guinea Bissauan and Cape Verdian politician (b. 1924)
  • 1988
    Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan, Pashtun Nationalist & non-violent freedom fighter (b. 1890)
  • 1997
    Curt Flood, American baseball player (b. 1938)
  • 2003
    Nedra Volz, American actress (b. 1908)
  • 2009
    David Newman, American jazz musician, nicknamed “Fathead” (b. 1933)
  • 2009
    Stan Hagen, Canadian politician (b. 1940)

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