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, 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

  • 1356
    Edward Balliol abdicates as King of Scotland.
  • 1841
    Hong Kong Island is occupied by the British.
  • 1920
    The American Civil Liberties Union is founded.
  • 1929
    In Old Arizona, the first full-length talking motion picture filmed outdoors, is released.
  • 1934
    Fujifilm, the photographic and electronics company, is founded in Tokyo, Japan.
  • 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”.
  • 1954
    The National Negro Network is established with 40 charter member radio stations.
  • 1959
    The first flight of the Vickers Vanguard.
  • 1991
    Sudan’s government imposes Islamic law nationwide, worsening the civil war between the country’s Muslim north and Christian south.
  • 2007
    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?

  • 1895
    Gábor Szegő, Hungarian mathematician (d. 1985)
  • 1934
    Tom Baker, British actor
  • 1938
    William Berger, Austrian actor (d. 1993)
  • 1963
    James Denton, American actor
  • 1965
    John Michael Montgomery, American singer
  • 1970
    Kerri Kenney-Silver, American actress
  • 1976
    Gretha Smit, Dutch speed skater
  • 1977
    Melody, Belgian singer
  • 1977
    Sid Wilson, American Musician, (Slipknot)
  • 1978
    Joy Giovanni, American actress and glamour model

Who died on January 20?

  • 1156
    Bishop Henry, patron saint of Finland
  • 1751
    John Hervey, 1st Earl of Bristol, English politician (b. 1665)
  • 1848
    Christian VIII of Denmark (b. 1786)
  • 1875
    Jean-François Millet, French painter (b. 1814)
  • 1891
    King Kalākaua, of Hawaiʻi (b. 1836)
  • 1913
    José Guadalupe Posada, Mexican engraver and illustrator (b. 1852).
  • 1973
    Amilcar Cabral, Guinea Bissauan and Cape Verdian politician (b. 1924)
  • 1984
    Johnny Weissmuller, American swimmer and actor (b. 1904)
  • 1990
    Hayedeh, Persian singer (b. 1942)
  • 2009
    Stan Hagen, Canadian politician (b. 1940)

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