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
The Mexican city of León is founded by order of the viceroy Don Martín Enríquez de Almanza.
Hong Kong Island is occupied by the British.
L.A. Thompson patents the roller coaster.
The United States Senate allows the Navy to lease Pearl Harbor as a naval base.
A Nazi officer is murdered in Bucharest, Romania, sparking a rebellion and pogrom by the Iron Guard, killing 125 Jews and 30 soldiers.
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.
Pakistan launched its Nuclear detterent program few weeks after its defeat in Bangladesh Liberation War and Indo-Pakistani War of 1971.
Air Inter Flight 148 crashes near Strasbourg, France, killing 82 passengers and five crew members.
The China News Service announces new government restrictions on Internet use, aimed especially at Internet cafés.
Who were born on January 20?
Sir Albemarle Bertie, 1st Baronet, Royal Navy admiral (d. 1824)
André-Marie Ampère, French physicist (d. 1836)
Joy Adamson, Austrian naturalist and writer (d. 1980)
Jamiluddin Aali, Pakistani poet, essayist and columnist
Krishnam Raju, Indian actor and politician
Eric Stewart, English musician and songwriter (10cc)
Wyatt Knight, American actor
James Denton, American actor
Melissa Rivers, American reporter and actress
Freddy Guzmán, Dominican baseball player
Who died on January 20?
Charles Yorke, Lord Chancellor of Great Britain (b. 1722)
Sir John Soane, English neo-classical architect (b. 1753)
Christian VIII of Denmark (b. 1786)
Zénobe Gramme, Belgian engineer (b. 1826)
José Guadalupe Posada, Mexican engraver and illustrator (b. 1852).
Nedra Volz, American actress (b. 1908)
Miriam Louisa Rothschild, British zoologist, entomologist, and author (b. 1908)
Parveen Babi, Indian Actress and Model (b. 1949)
Roland Frye, American literary critic and theologian (b. 1921)
Sheila O'Nions Walsh (aka Sheila Walsh, Sophie Leyton), English romance writer (b. 1928)
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