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Friday January 20, 2017

January 20: Day of the Week

January 20, 2017 was the 20th day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 345 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Friday.

If you are trying to learn Spanish then this day of the week in Spanish is viernes.

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Here’s the January calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.

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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 20: This Day in History

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.

January 20 Historical Event(s)

  • 1502
    The present-day location of Rio de Janeiro is first explored.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 1986
    Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is celebrated as a federal holiday for the first time.
  • 1987
    Church of England envoy Terry Waite is kidnapped in Lebanon.
  • 1990
    On Black Saturday, the Red Army kills Azerbaijani civilians in Baku.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Who were born on January 20?

  • 1716
    King Charles III of Spain (d. 1788)
  • 1912
    Walter Briggs, Jr., American sports executive (d. 1970)
  • 1931
    Hachidai Nakamura, Japanese songwriter and pianist (d. 1992)
  • 1935
    Joan Weston, Roller Derby Queen (d. 1997)
  • 1945
    Eric Stewart, English musician and songwriter (10cc)
  • 1963
    James Denton, American actor
  • 1968
    Melissa Rivers, American reporter and actress
  • 1971
    Derrick Green, American singer (Sepultura)
  • 1975
    Norberto Fontana, Argentine racing driver
  • 1989
    Washington, Brazilian footballer

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