About January 19

January 19, 2020 is the 19th day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 347 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Sunday.

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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 6 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On January 19

  • 1520
    Sten Sture the Younger, the Regent of Sweden, is mortally wounded at the Battle of Bogesund.
  • 1607
    San Agustin Church in Manila is officially completed; it is the oldest church still standing in the Philippines.
  • 1661
    Thomas Venner is hanged, drawn and quartered in London.
  • 1764
    John Wilkes is expelled from the British House of Commons for seditious libel.
  • 1806
    The United Kingdom occupies the Cape of Good Hope.
  • 1812
    Peninsular War: After a ten day siege, Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, orders British soldiers of the Light and third divisions to storm Ciudad Rodrigo.
  • 1817
    An army of 5,423 soldiers, led by General José de San Martín, crosses the Andes from Argentina to liberate Chile and then Peru.
  • 1853
    Giuseppe Verdi’s opera Il Trovatore receives its premiere performance in Rome.
  • 1883
    The first electric lighting system employing overhead wires, built by Thomas Edison, begins service at Roselle, New Jersey.
  • 1915
    Georges Claude patents the neon discharge tube for use in advertising.
  • 1917
    Silvertown explosion: 73 are killed and 400 injured in an explosion in a munitions plant in London.
  • 1920
    The United States Senate votes against joining the League of Nations.
  • 1942
    World War II: Japanese forces invade Burma
  • 1946
    General Douglas MacArthur establishes the International Military Tribunal for the Far East in Tokyo to try Japanese war criminals.
  • 1949
    Cuba recognizes Israel.
  • 1960
    Japan and the United States sign the US-Japan Mutual Security Treaty
  • 1975
    An earthquake strikes Himachal Pradesh, India
  • 1983
    The Apple Lisa, the first commercial personal computer from Apple Inc. to have a graphical user interface and a computer mouse, is announced.
  • 1999
    British Aerospace agrees to acquire the defence subsidiary of the General Electric Company plc, forming BAE Systems in November 1999.
  • 2007
    Turkish Journalist Hrant Dink is assassinated in front of his newspaper’s office by 17 year old Turkish ultranationalist Ogün Samast.

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