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

  • 1643
    Abel Tasman becomes the first European to reach Tonga.
  • 1861
    American Civil War: Jefferson Davis resigns from the United States Senate.
  • 1893
    The Tati Concessions Land, formerly part of Matabeleland, is formally annexed to the Bechuanaland Protectorate, now Botswana.
  • 1925
    Albania declares itself a republic.
  • 1950
    Alger Hiss is convicted of perjury.
  • 1966
    New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Fire Horse in Chinese astrology.
  • 1968
    Vietnam War: Battle of Khe Sanh – One of the most publicized and controversial battles of the war begins.
  • 1999
    War on Drugs: In one of the largest drug busts in American history, the United States Coast Guard intercepts a ship with over 4300 kg of cocaine on board.
  • 2005
    In Belmopan, Belize, the unrest over the government’s new taxes erupts into riots.
  • 2008
    Black Monday in worldwide stock markets. FTSE 100 had its biggest ever one-day points fall, European stocks closed with their worst result since 11 September 2001, and Asian stocks drop as much as 14%.

Who were born on January 21?

  • 1610
    Elizabeth Fones, English-born colonial American pioneer (d. 1673)
  • 1813
    John C. Frémont, American army officer, explorer and presidential candidate (d. 1890)
  • 1848
    Henri Duparc, French composer (d. 1933)
  • 1867
    Ludwig Thoma, German writer (d. 1921)
  • 1933
    Joseph W. Eschbach, American doctor (d. 2007)
  • 1956
    Geena Davis, American actress
  • 1963
    Detlef Schrempf, German basketball player
  • 1976
    Emma Bunton, English singer (Spice Girls)
  • 1987
    Joe Ledley, Welsh footballer
  • 1988
    Vanessa Hessler, Italian model

Who died on January 21?

  • 1546
    Azai Sukemasa, Japanese samurai and warlord (b. 1491)
  • 1814
    Jacques-Henri Bernardin de Saint-Pierre, French writer and botanist (b. 1737)
  • 1862
    Božena Němcová, Czech writer (b. 1820)
  • 1870
    Alexander Herzen, Russian writer (b. 1812)
  • 1948
    Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari, Italian composer (b. 1876)
  • 1956
    Sam Langford, Canadian boxer (b. 1883)
  • 1961
    Blaise Cendrars, Swiss writer (b. 1887)
  • 1994
    Bassel al-Assad, son of Syrian President Hafez al-Assad (b. 1962)
  • 1996
    René Marc Jalbert, sergeant-at-Arms at the National Assembly of Quebec (b. 1921)
  • 2008
    Kenneth Parnell, American convicted sex offender (b. 1931)

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