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 2022 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 345 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Thursday.
Under the Julian calendar, this day is January 7, 2022 – a Thursday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?
When this day started, 456,288 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 12 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 3,317 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 Kingdom of Great Britain signs a peace treaty with France and Spain, officially ending hostilities in the American Revolutionary War (also known as the American War of Independence).
John Marshall is appointed the Chief Justice of the United States.
In Old Arizona, the first full-length talking motion picture filmed outdoors, is released.
Edward VIII becomes King of the United Kingdom.
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.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is celebrated as a federal holiday for the first time.
Church of England envoy Terry Waite is kidnapped in Lebanon.
Air Inter Flight 148 crashes near Strasbourg, France, killing 82 passengers and five crew members.
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?
Gordian III, Roman Emperor (d. 244)
Joseph Hormayr Freiherr zu Hortenburg, Austrian politician (d. 1848)
Jamiluddin Aali, Pakistani poet, essayist and columnist
Buzz Aldrin, American astronaut
Derek Dougan, Northern Irish footballer (d. 2007)
Jeffrey Epstein, American financier and convicted sex offender
Wyatt Knight, American actor
Rainn Wilson, American actor
Gretha Smit, Dutch speed skater
Geovany Soto, Puerto Rican baseball player
Who died on January 20?
David Garrick, English actor (b. 1717)
King Kalākaua, of Hawaiʻi (b. 1836)
John Ordronaux, American Civil War army surgeon, a professor of medical jurisprudence, and pioneering mental health commissioner (b. 1830)
Georg Lurich, Estonian wrestler (b. 1876)
Gustav Winckler, Danish singer (b. 1925)
Alamgir Kabir, Bangladeshi film director (b. 1938)
Al Hirschfeld, American caricaturist (b. 1903)
Parveen Babi, Indian Actress and Model (b. 1949)
David Newman, American jazz musician, nicknamed “Fathead” (b. 1933)
Stéphanos II Ghattas, Patriarch Emeritus of Alexandria for the Coptic Catholic Church (b. 1920)
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