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

  • 69
    Otho seizes power in Rome, proclaiming himself Emperor of Rome, but rules for only three months before committing suicide.
  • 1559
    Elizabeth I is crowned Queen of England in Westminster Abbey, London.
  • 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.
  • 1865
    American Civil War: Fort Fisher in North Carolina falls to the Union, thus cutting off the last major seaport of the Confederacy.
  • 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.
  • 1951
    Ilse Koch, “The Witch of Buchenwald”, wife of the commandant of the Buchenwald concentration camp, is sentenced to life imprisonment by a court in West Germany.
  • 1967
    The first Super Bowl is played in Los Angeles. The Green Bay Packers defeat the Kansas City Chiefs 35-10
  • 1969
    The Soviet Union launches Soyuz 5.
  • 1970
    Muammar al-Qaddafi is proclaimed premier of Libya.
  • 1970
    Nigerian Civil War: After a 32-month fight for independence from Nigeria, Biafra surrenders.
  • 1973
    Vietnam War: Citing progress in peace negotiations, President Richard Nixon announces the suspension of offensive action in North Vietnam.
  • 1977
    The Kälvesta air disaster kills 22 people, the worst air crash in Sweden’s history.
  • 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.
  • 2005
    An intense solar flare blasts X-rays across the solar system.
  • 2005
    ESA’s SMART-1 lunar orbiter discovers elements such as calcium, aluminum, silicon, iron, and other surface elements on the moon.
  • 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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