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, 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

  • 1649
    Charles I of England goes on trial for treason and other “high crimes”.
  • 1887
    The United States Senate allows the Navy to lease Pearl Harbor as a naval base.
  • 1920
    The American Civil Liberties Union is founded.
  • 1929
    In Old Arizona, the first full-length talking motion picture filmed outdoors, is released.
  • 1945
    World War II: Hungary agrees to an armistice with the Allies.
  • 1949
    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.
  • 1959
    The first flight of the Vickers Vanguard.
  • 1981
    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.
  • 1991
    Sudan’s government imposes Islamic law nationwide, worsening the civil war between the country’s Muslim north and Christian south.
  • 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?

  • 1876
    Józef Hofmann, Polish pianist (d. 1967)
  • 1925
    Ernesto Cardenal, Nicaraguan theologian and politician
  • 1926
    Qurratulain Hyder, Indian and Pakistani novelist (d. 2007)
  • 1945
    Robert Olen Butler, American writer
  • 1970
    Skeet Ulrich, American actor
  • 1977
    Sid Wilson, American Musician, (Slipknot)
  • 1981
    Jason Richardson, American basketball player
  • 1983
    Paula Taylor, English-Thai actress, model and presenter
  • 1984
    Olivia Hallinan, English actress
  • 1989
    Washington, Brazilian footballer

Who died on January 20?

  • 250
    Pope Fabian
  • 1810
    Benjamin Chew, Chief Justice of colonial Pennsylvania (b. 1722)
  • 1848
    Christian VIII of Denmark (b. 1786)
  • 1901
    Zénobe Gramme, Belgian engineer (b. 1826)
  • 1940
    Omar Bundy, American army general (b. 1861)
  • 1973
    Lorenz Böhler, Austrian physician (b. 1885)
  • 1989
    Alamgir Kabir, Bangladeshi film director (b. 1938)
  • 1997
    Curt Flood, American baseball player (b. 1938)
  • 2005
    Roland Frye, American literary critic and theologian (b. 1921)
  • 2009
    Stan Hagen, Canadian politician (b. 1940)

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