About January 15

January 15, 2020 is the 15th day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 351 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Wednesday.

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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 10 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.
  • 1559
    Elizabeth I is crowned Queen of England in Westminster Abbey, London.
  • 1815
    War of 1812: American frigate USS President, commanded by Commodore Stephen Decatur, is captured by a squadron of four British frigates.
  • 1844
    University of Notre Dame receives its charter from the state of Indiana.
  • 1889
    The Coca-Cola Company, then known as the Pemberton Medicine Company, is originally incorporated in Atlanta.
  • 1892
    James Naismith publishes the rules of basketball.
  • 1910
    Construction ends on the Buffalo Bill Dam in Wyoming, US, which was the highest dam in the world at the time, at 325 ft.
  • 1936
    The first building to be completely covered in glass, built for the Owens-Illinois Glass Company, is completed in Toledo, Ohio.
  • 1947
    The brutalized corpse of Elizabeth Short (“The Black Dahlia”) is found in Leimert Park, Los Angeles.
  • 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.
  • 1974
    Dennis Rader aka the BTK Killer kills his first victims by binding, torturing and murdering Joseph, Joseph II, Josephine and Julie Otero in their house.
  • 1977
    The Kälvesta air disaster kills 22 people, the worst air crash in Sweden’s history.
  • 1990
    AT&T’s long distance telephone network suffers a cascade switching failure.
  • 1992
    The international community recognizes the independence of Slovenia and Croatia from the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.
  • 1993
    Salvatore Riina, the Mafia boss known as “The Beast”, is arrested in Sicily after three decades as a fugitive.
  • 2005
    ESA’s SMART-1 lunar orbiter discovers elements such as calcium, aluminum, silicon, iron, and other surface elements on the moon.
  • 2009
    US Airways Flight 1549 makes an emergency landing in the Hudson River shortly after takeoff from LaGuardia Airport in New York City. All passengers and crew members survive.

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