About January 19

January 19, 2024 is the 19th day of the year 2024 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 347 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 22 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.
  • 1788
    The second group of ships of the First Fleet arrives at Botany Bay.
  • 1795
    The Batavian Republic is proclaimed in the Netherlands bringing to an end the Republic of the Seven United Netherlands.
  • 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.
  • 1839
    The British East India Company captures Aden.
  • 1840
    Captain Charles Wilkes circumnavigates Antarctica, claiming what became known as Wilkes Land for the United States.
  • 1893
    Henrik Ibsen’s play The Master Builder receives its premiere performance in Berlin.
  • 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.
  • 1935
    Coopers Inc. sells the world’s first briefs.
  • 1945
    World War II: Soviet forces liberate the Łódź ghetto. Out more than 200,000 inhabitants in 1940, less than 900 had survived the Nazi occupation.
  • 1946
    General Douglas MacArthur establishes the International Military Tribunal for the Far East in Tokyo to try Japanese war criminals.
  • 1960
    Japan and the United States sign the US-Japan Mutual Security Treaty
  • 1978
    The last Volkswagen Beetle made in Germany leaves VW’s plant in Emden. Beetle production in Latin America would continue until 2003.
  • 1983
    The Apple Lisa, the first commercial personal computer from Apple Inc. to have a graphical user interface and a computer mouse, is announced.
  • 1986
    The first computer virus released into the wild is a boot sector virus dubbed (c)Brain, created by the Farooq Alvi Brothers in Lahore, Pakistan, reportedly to deter piracy of the software they had written.
  • 1997
    Yasser Arafat returns to Hebron after more than 30 years and joins celebrations over the handover of the last Israeli-controlled West Bank city.
  • 1999
    British Aerospace agrees to acquire the defence subsidiary of the General Electric Company plc, forming BAE Systems in November 1999.
  • 2006
    The New Horizons probe is launched by NASA on the first mission to Pluto.

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