January 21: Day of the Week
January 21, 2017 was the 21st day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 344 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Saturday.
If you are trying to learn French then this day of the week in French is samedi.
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Here’s the January calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.
Zodiac & Birthstone
Aquarius 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 21 Historical Event(s)
- 1643Abel Tasman becomes the first European to reach Tonga.
- 1915Kiwanis International is founded in Detroit, Michigan.
- 1948The Flag of Quebec is adopted and flown for the first time over the National Assembly of Quebec. The day is marked annually as Quebec Flag Day.
- 1960Avianca Flight 671 crashes and burns upon landing at Montego Bay, Jamaica, killing 37. It is the worst air disaster in Jamaica’s history and the first for Avianca.
- 1966New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Fire Horse in Chinese astrology.
- 1968Vietnam War: Battle of Khe Sanh – One of the most publicized and controversial battles of the war begins.
- 1997Newt Gingrich becomes the first leader of the United States House of Representatives to be internally disciplined for ethical misconduct.
- 1999War on Drugs: In one of the largest drug busts in American history, the United States Coast Guard intercepts a ship with over 4300 kg of cocaine on board.
- 2003A 7.6 magnitude earthquake strikes the Mexican state of Colima, killing 29 and leaving approximately 10,000 people homeless.
- 2005In Belmopan, Belize, the unrest over the government’s new taxes erupts into riots.
Who were born on January 21?
- 1860Karl Staaff, Prime Minister of Sweden (d. 1915)
- 1883Amang Rodriguez, Filipino politician (d. 1964)
- 1905Karl Wallenda, German acrobat (d. 1978)
- 1927Clive Churchill, Australian rugby league footballer (d. 1985)
- 1943Dimitris Poulikakos, Greek actor, songwriter and singer
- 1954Phil Thompson, English footballer and coach
- 1969Eduard Hämäläinen, Finnish-Belarusian decathlete
- 1977Al Baxter, Australian rugby union footballer
- 1980Nana Mizuki, Japanese voice actress and singer
- 1987Joe Ledley, Welsh footballer
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