About January 20

January 20, 2024 is the 20th day of the year 2024 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 346 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Saturday.

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

January 20: More About This Day

In the ancient astronomy, it was the cusp day between Capricorn and Aquarius. In some years it is Aquarius, but others Capricorn. It depends on the year.

What Happened On January 20

  • 1320
    Duke Wladyslaw Lokietek becomes king of Poland.
  • 1502
    The present-day location of Rio de Janeiro is first explored.
  • 1523
    Christian II is forced to abdicate as King of Denmark and Norway.
  • 1649
    Charles I of England goes on trial for treason and other “high crimes”.
  • 1783
    The Kingdom of Great Britain signs a peace treaty with France and Spain, officially ending hostilities in the American Revolutionary War (also known as the American War of Independence).
  • 1801
    John Marshall is appointed the Chief Justice of the United States.
  • 1841
    Hong Kong Island is occupied by the British.
  • 1885
    L.A. Thompson patents the roller coaster.
  • 1887
    The United States Senate allows the Navy to lease Pearl Harbor as a naval base.
  • 1920
    The American Civil Liberties Union is founded.
  • 1934
    Fujifilm, the photographic and electronics company, is founded in Tokyo, Japan.
  • 1941
    A Nazi officer is murdered in Bucharest, Romania, sparking a rebellion and pogrom by the Iron Guard, killing 125 Jews and 30 soldiers.
  • 1945
    World War II: Hungary agrees to an armistice with the Allies.
  • 1954
    The National Negro Network is established with 40 charter member radio stations.
  • 1959
    The first flight of the Vickers Vanguard.
  • 1960
    Hendrik Verwoerd announces a plebiscite on whether South Africa should become a Republic.
  • 1969
    East Pakistani police kill student activist Amanullah Asaduzzaman. The resulting outrage is in part responsible for the Bangladesh Liberation War.
  • 1987
    Church of England envoy Terry Waite is kidnapped in Lebanon.
  • 1991
    Sudan’s government imposes Islamic law nationwide, worsening the civil war between the country’s Muslim north and Christian south.
  • 1999
    The China News Service announces new government restrictions on Internet use, aimed especially at Internet cafés.

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