What happened this day in history January 21

What are the important events that happened on January 21? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

January 21: Facts & Myths About This Day

January 21 is the 21st day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 345 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Tuesday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is January 8, 2020 – a Tuesday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 1,579,564,800 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 ‘icosihenagon’ day.

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Aquarius 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 4 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 2,587 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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January 21 Historical Events

  • 1864
    The Tauranga Campaign begins during the Maori Wars.
  • 1887
    465 mm of rain falls in Brisbane, a record for any Australian capital city.
  • 1893
    The Tati Concessions Land, formerly part of Matabeleland, is formally annexed to the Bechuanaland Protectorate, now Botswana.
  • 1915
    Kiwanis International is founded in Detroit, Michigan.
  • 1966
    New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Fire Horse in Chinese astrology.
  • 1971
    The current Emley Moor transmitting station, the tallest free-standing structure in the United Kingdom, begins transmitting UHF broadcasts.
  • 1985
    The inauguration of President Ronald Reagan to a second term, already postponed a day because January 20 fell on a Sunday, becomes the second inauguration in history moved indoors because of freezing temperatures and high winds. The parade is cancelled altogether.
  • 1997
    Newt Gingrich becomes the first leader of the United States House of Representatives to be internally disciplined for ethical misconduct.
  • 2003
    A 7.6 magnitude earthquake strikes the Mexican state of Colima, killing 29 and leaving approximately 10,000 people homeless.
  • 2005
    In Belmopan, Belize, the unrest over the government’s new taxes erupts into riots.

Who were born on January 21?

  • 1815
    John Bingham, American politician and lawyer (d. 1900)
  • 1923
    Lola Flores, Spanish singer (d. 1995)
  • 1947
    Michel Jonasz, French singer and composer
  • 1953
    Paul Allen, American entrepreneur, co-founder of Microsoft
  • 1954
    Idrissa Ouedraogo, Burkinabé filmmaker
  • 1975
    Nicky Butt, English footballer
  • 1977
    Al Baxter, Australian rugby union footballer
  • 1979
    Brian O'Driscoll, Irish rugby union footballer
  • 1980
    Dave Kitson, English footballer
  • 1980
    Nana Mizuki, Japanese voice actress and singer

Who died on January 21?

  • 1609
    Joseph Justus Scaliger, French Protestant scholar (b. 1540)
  • 1722
    Charles Paulet, 2nd Duke of Bolton, English supporter of William III of England (b. 1661)
  • 1862
    Božena Němcová, Czech writer (b. 1820)
  • 1967
    Ann Sheridan, American actress (b. 1915)
  • 1996
    René Marc Jalbert, sergeant-at-Arms at the National Assembly of Quebec (b. 1921)
  • 1997
    Colonel Tom Parker, American manager of Elvis Presley (b. 1909)
  • 2003
    Paul Haines, American-born Canadian poet (b. 1933)
  • 2007
    U;Nee, Korean pop artist (b. 1981)
  • 2010
    Paul Quarrington, Canadian novelist, playwright, screenwriter, filmmaker, musician and educator (b. 1953)
  • 2011
    E. V. V. Satyanarayana, Indian film director and producer (b. 1958)

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