About January 20

January 20, 2021 is the 20th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 345 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 23 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

  • 1265
    In Westminster, the first English parliament conducts its first meeting held by Simon de Montfort in the Palace of Westminster, now also known colloquially as the “Houses of Parliament”.
  • 1356
    Edward Balliol abdicates as King of Scotland.
  • 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).
  • 1788
    The third and main part of First Fleet arrives at Botany Bay. Arthur Phillip decides that Botany Bay is unsuitable for the location of a penal colony, and decides to move to Port Jackson.
  • 1839
    In the Battle of Yungay, Chile defeats an alliance between Peru and Bolivia.
  • 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.
  • 1929
    In Old Arizona, the first full-length talking motion picture filmed outdoors, is released.
  • 1934
    Fujifilm, the photographic and electronics company, is founded in Tokyo, Japan.
  • 1942
    World War II: At the Wannsee Conference held in the Berlin suburb of Wannsee, senior Nazi German officials discuss the implementation of the “Final Solution to the Jewish Question”.
  • 1949
    Point Four Program a program for economic aid to poor countries announced by United States President Harry S. Truman in his inaugural address for a full term as President.
  • 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.
  • 1972
    Pakistan launched its Nuclear detterent program few weeks after its defeat in Bangladesh Liberation War and Indo-Pakistani War of 1971.
  • 1990
    On Black Saturday, the Red Army kills Azerbaijani civilians in Baku.
  • 1992
    Air Inter Flight 148 crashes near Strasbourg, France, killing 82 passengers and five crew members.
  • 1999
    The China News Service announces new government restrictions on Internet use, aimed especially at Internet cafés.
  • 2007
    A three-man team, using only skis and kites, completes a 1093 mi trek to reach the southern pole of inaccessibility for the first time since 1958 and for the first time ever without mechanical assistance.

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