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
Abel Tasman becomes the first European to reach Tonga.
American Civil War: Jefferson Davis resigns from the United States Senate.
The Tati Concessions Land, formerly part of Matabeleland, is formally annexed to the Bechuanaland Protectorate, now Botswana.
Albania declares itself a republic.
Alger Hiss is convicted of perjury.
New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Fire Horse in Chinese astrology.
Vietnam War: Battle of Khe Sanh – One of the most publicized and controversial battles of the war begins.
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.
In Belmopan, Belize, the unrest over the government’s new taxes erupts into riots.
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?
Elizabeth Fones, English-born colonial American pioneer (d. 1673)
John C. Frémont, American army officer, explorer and presidential candidate (d. 1890)
Henri Duparc, French composer (d. 1933)
Ludwig Thoma, German writer (d. 1921)
Joseph W. Eschbach, American doctor (d. 2007)
Geena Davis, American actress
Detlef Schrempf, German basketball player
Emma Bunton, English singer (Spice Girls)
Joe Ledley, Welsh footballer
Vanessa Hessler, Italian model
Who died on January 21?
Azai Sukemasa, Japanese samurai and warlord (b. 1491)
Jacques-Henri Bernardin de Saint-Pierre, French writer and botanist (b. 1737)
Božena Němcová, Czech writer (b. 1820)
Alexander Herzen, Russian writer (b. 1812)
Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari, Italian composer (b. 1876)
Sam Langford, Canadian boxer (b. 1883)
Blaise Cendrars, Swiss writer (b. 1887)
Bassel al-Assad, son of Syrian President Hafez al-Assad (b. 1962)
René Marc Jalbert, sergeant-at-Arms at the National Assembly of Quebec (b. 1921)
Kenneth Parnell, American convicted sex offender (b. 1931)
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