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, 1,579,478,400 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 ‘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
Charles I of England goes on trial for treason and other “high crimes”.
The United States Senate allows the Navy to lease Pearl Harbor as a naval base.
The American Civil Liberties Union is founded.
In Old Arizona, the first full-length talking motion picture filmed outdoors, is released.
World War II: Hungary agrees to an armistice with the Allies.
Point Four Program a program for economic aid to poor countries announced by United States President Harry S. Truman in his inaugural address for a full term as President.
The first flight of the Vickers Vanguard.
Twenty minutes after Ronald Reagan is inaugurated, at age 69 the oldest man ever to be inaugurated as U.S. President, Iran releases 52 American hostages.
Sudan’s government imposes Islamic law nationwide, worsening the civil war between the country’s Muslim north and Christian south.
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?
Józef Hofmann, Polish pianist (d. 1967)
Ernesto Cardenal, Nicaraguan theologian and politician
Qurratulain Hyder, Indian and Pakistani novelist (d. 2007)
Robert Olen Butler, American writer
Skeet Ulrich, American actor
Sid Wilson, American Musician, (Slipknot)
Jason Richardson, American basketball player
Paula Taylor, English-Thai actress, model and presenter
Olivia Hallinan, English actress
Washington, Brazilian footballer
Who died on January 20?
Benjamin Chew, Chief Justice of colonial Pennsylvania (b. 1722)
Christian VIII of Denmark (b. 1786)
Zénobe Gramme, Belgian engineer (b. 1826)
Omar Bundy, American army general (b. 1861)
Lorenz Böhler, Austrian physician (b. 1885)
Alamgir Kabir, Bangladeshi film director (b. 1938)
Curt Flood, American baseball player (b. 1938)
Roland Frye, American literary critic and theologian (b. 1921)
Stan Hagen, Canadian politician (b. 1940)
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