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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 Japanese then this day of the week in Japanese is Kin'yōbi.

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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)

  • 1356
    Edward Balliol abdicates as King of Scotland.
  • 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.
  • 1885
    L.A. Thompson patents the roller coaster.
  • 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”.
  • 1945
    World War II: Hungary agrees to an armistice with the Allies.
  • 1954
    The National Negro Network is established with 40 charter member radio stations.
  • 1972
    Pakistan launched its Nuclear detterent program few weeks after its defeat in Bangladesh Liberation War and Indo-Pakistani War of 1971.
  • 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.
  • 1992
    Air Inter Flight 148 crashes near Strasbourg, France, killing 82 passengers and five crew members.
  • 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.

Who were born on January 20?

  • 1878
    Finlay Currie, British actor (d. 1968)
  • 1898
    U Razak, Burmese politician (d. 1947)
  • 1920
    Federico Fellini, Italian film director (d. 1993)
  • 1926
    David Tudor, American pianist and composer (d. 1996)
  • 1926
    Qurratulain Hyder, Indian and Pakistani novelist (d. 2007)
  • 1953
    Colleen Zenk Pinter, American actress
  • 1955
    Joe Doherty, Provisional Irish Republican Army member
  • 1979
    Shang Yi, Chinese footballer
  • 1984
    Olivia Hallinan, English actress
  • 1988
    Jeffrén Suárez, Spanish footballer

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