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

  • 1320
    Duke Wladyslaw Lokietek becomes king of Poland.
  • 1356
    Edward Balliol abdicates as King of Scotland.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1936
    Edward VIII becomes King of the United Kingdom.
  • 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: Germany begins the evacuation of 1.8 million people from East Prussia, a task which will take nearly two months.
  • 1945
    World War II: Hungary agrees to an armistice with the Allies.
  • 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.
  • 1959
    The first flight of the Vickers Vanguard.
  • 1960
    Hendrik Verwoerd announces a plebiscite on whether South Africa should become a Republic.
  • 1981
    Twenty minutes after Ronald Reagan is inaugurated, at age 69 the oldest man ever to be inaugurated as U.S. President, Iran releases 52 American hostages.
  • 1987
    Church of England envoy Terry Waite is kidnapped in Lebanon.
  • 1999
    The China News Service announces new government restrictions on Internet use, aimed especially at Internet cafés.
  • 2001
    Philippine president Joseph Estrada is ousted in a nonviolent 4-day revolution, and is succeeded by Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
  • 2006
    Witnesses report seeing a bottlenose whale swimming in the River Thames, the first time the species had been seen in the Thames since records began in 1913.

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