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 Japanese then this day of the week in Japanese is Nichiyōbi.
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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.
January 15 Historical Event(s)
- 1777American Revolutionary War: New Connecticut (present day Vermont) declares its independence.
- 1865American Civil War: Fort Fisher in North Carolina falls to the Union, thus cutting off the last major seaport of the Confederacy.
- 1910Construction ends on the Buffalo Bill Dam in Wyoming, US, which was the highest dam in the world at the time, at 325 ft.
- 1936The first building to be completely covered in glass, built for the Owens-Illinois Glass Company, is completed in Toledo, Ohio.
- 1943The world’s largest office building, The Pentagon, is dedicated in Arlington, Virginia.
- 1947The brutalized corpse of Elizabeth Short (“The Black Dahlia”) is found in Leimert Park, Los Angeles.
- 1970Muammar al-Qaddafi is proclaimed premier of Libya.
- 1976Gerald Ford’s would-be assassin, Sara Jane Moore, is sentenced to life in prison.
- 1990AT&T’s long distance telephone network suffers a cascade switching failure.
- 1991Elizabeth II, in her capacity as Queen of Australia, signs letters patent allowing Australia to become the first Commonwealth Realm to institute its own separate Victoria Cross award in its own honours system.
Who were born on January 15?
- 1850Leonard Darwin, son of Charles Darwin (d. 1943)
- 1908Edward Teller, Hungarian-born physicist (d. 2003)
- 1923Ivor Cutler, Scottish poet (d. 2006)
- 1944Jenny Nimmo, British author
- 1948Ronnie Van Zant, American singer (Lynyrd Skynyrd) (d. 1977)
- 1954Jose Dalisay, Jr., Filipino writer
- 1957Mario Van Peebles, American actor
- 1957Patrick Dixon, English entrepreneur
- 1959Pete Trewavas, English musician
- 1978Eddie Cahill, American actor
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