About January 15

January 15, 2021 is the 15th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 350 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday.

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Capricorn is the sun 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 28 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On January 15

  • 588 BC
    Nebuchadnezzar II of Babylon lays siege to Jerusalem under Zedekiah’s reign. The siege lasts until July 23, 586 BC.
  • 1493
    Christopher Columbus sets sail for Spain from Hispaniola, ending his first voyage to the New World.
  • 1582
    Russia cedes Livonia and Estonia to the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth.
  • 1759
    The British Museum opens.
  • 1777
    American Revolutionary War: New Connecticut (present day Vermont) declares its independence.
  • 1782
    Superintendent of Finance Robert Morris goes before the U.S. Congress to recommend establishment of a national mint and decimal coinage.
  • 1822
    Greek War of Independence: Demetrius Ypsilanti is elected president of the legislative assembly.
  • 1865
    American Civil War: Fort Fisher in North Carolina falls to the Union, thus cutting off the last major seaport of the Confederacy.
  • 1870
    A political cartoon for the first time symbolizes the United States Democratic Party with a donkey (“A Live Jackass Kicking a Dead Lion” by Thomas Nast for Harper’s Weekly).
  • 1919
    Boston Molasses Disaster: A large molasses tank in Boston, bursts and a wave of molasses rushes through the streets, killing 21 people and injuring 150 others.
  • 1966
    The Nigerian First Republic, led by Abubakar Tafawa Balewa is overthrown in a military coup d’état.
  • 1967
    The first Super Bowl is played in Los Angeles. The Green Bay Packers defeat the Kansas City Chiefs 35-10
  • 1970
    Nigerian Civil War: After a 32-month fight for independence from Nigeria, Biafra surrenders.
  • 1977
    The Kälvesta air disaster kills 22 people, the worst air crash in Sweden’s history.
  • 1986
    The Living Seas opens at EPCOT Center in Walt Disney World, Florida.
  • 1991
    Elizabeth II, in her capacity as Queen of Australia, signs letters patent allowing Australia to become the first Commonwealth Realm to institute its own separate Victoria Cross award in its own honours system.
  • 1991
    The United Nations deadline for the withdrawal of Iraqi forces from occupied Kuwait expires, preparing the way for the start of Operation Desert Storm.
  • 1993
    Salvatore Riina, the Mafia boss known as “The Beast”, is arrested in Sicily after three decades as a fugitive.
  • 2001
    Wikipedia, a free Wiki content encyclopedia, goes online.
  • 2007
    Barzan Ibrahim al-Tikriti, former Iraqi intelligence chief and half-brother of Saddam Hussein, and Awad Hamed al-Bandar, former chief judge of the Revolutionary Court, are executed by hanging in Iraq.

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