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, 438,744 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 ‘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
Edward Balliol abdicates as King of Scotland.
Hong Kong Island is occupied by the British.
The American Civil Liberties Union is founded.
In Old Arizona, the first full-length talking motion picture filmed outdoors, is released.
Fujifilm, the photographic and electronics company, is founded in Tokyo, Japan.
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”.
The National Negro Network is established with 40 charter member radio stations.
The first flight of the Vickers Vanguard.
Sudan’s government imposes Islamic law nationwide, worsening the civil war between the country’s Muslim north and Christian south.
A three-man team, using only skis and kites, completes a 1093 mi trek to reach the southern pole of inaccessibility for the first time since 1958 and for the first time ever without mechanical assistance.
Who were born on January 20?
Gábor Szegő, Hungarian mathematician (d. 1985)
Tom Baker, British actor
William Berger, Austrian actor (d. 1993)
James Denton, American actor
John Michael Montgomery, American singer
Kerri Kenney-Silver, American actress
Gretha Smit, Dutch speed skater
Melody, Belgian singer
Sid Wilson, American Musician, (Slipknot)
Joy Giovanni, American actress and glamour model
Who died on January 20?
Bishop Henry, patron saint of Finland
John Hervey, 1st Earl of Bristol, English politician (b. 1665)
Christian VIII of Denmark (b. 1786)
Jean-François Millet, French painter (b. 1814)
King Kalākaua, of Hawaiʻi (b. 1836)
José Guadalupe Posada, Mexican engraver and illustrator (b. 1852).
Amilcar Cabral, Guinea Bissauan and Cape Verdian politician (b. 1924)
Johnny Weissmuller, American swimmer and actor (b. 1904)
Hayedeh, Persian singer (b. 1942)
Stan Hagen, Canadian politician (b. 1940)
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