January 15: Day of the Week
January 15, 2017 was the 15th day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 350 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Sunday.
If you are trying to learn French then this day of the week in French is dimanche.
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Here’s the January calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.
Zodiac & Birthstone
Capricorn is the zodiac 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.
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January 15 Historical Event(s)
- 1493Christopher Columbus sets sail for Spain from Hispaniola, ending his first voyage to the New World.
- 1782Superintendent of Finance Robert Morris goes before the U.S. Congress to recommend establishment of a national mint and decimal coinage.
- 1822Greek War of Independence: Demetrius Ypsilanti is elected president of the legislative assembly.
- 1908The Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority becomes the first Greek-letter organization founded and established by African-American college women.
- 1943The world’s largest office building, The Pentagon, is dedicated in Arlington, Virginia.
- 1943World War II: The Soviet counter-offensive at Voronezh begins.
- 1970Muammar al-Qaddafi is proclaimed premier of Libya.
- 1977The Kälvesta air disaster kills 22 people, the worst air crash in Sweden’s history.
- 1986The Living Seas opens at EPCOT Center in Walt Disney World, Florida.
- 2005ESA’s SMART-1 lunar orbiter discovers elements such as calcium, aluminum, silicon, iron, and other surface elements on the moon.
Who were born on January 15?
- 1342Philip II, Duke of Burgundy (d. 1404)
- 1538Maeda Toshiie, Japanese general (d. 1599)
- 1885Lorenz Böhler, Austrian physician (d. 1973)
- 1930Eddie Graham, American professional wrestler (d. 1985)
- 1939Tony Bullimore, English sailor and adventurer
- 1949Luis Alvarado, Puerto Rican baseball player (d. 2001)
- 1965Adam Jones, American musician (Tool)
- 1967Lisa Lisa, American R&B singer
- 1969Huck Seed, American professional poker player
- 1979Michalis Morfis, Cypriot footballer
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