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.
January 21 Historical Event(s)
- 1643Abel Tasman becomes the first European to reach Tonga.
- 1720Sweden and Prussia sign the Treaty of Stockholm.
- 1864The Tauranga Campaign begins during the Maori Wars.
- 1915Kiwanis International is founded in Detroit, Michigan.
- 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.
- 1977President Jimmy Carter pardons nearly all American Vietnam War draft evaders, some of whom had emigrated to Canada.
- 1985The inauguration of President Ronald Reagan to a second term, already postponed a day because January 20 fell on a Sunday, becomes the second inauguration in history moved indoors because of freezing temperatures and high winds. The parade is cancelled altogether.
- 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.
- 2000Ecuador: After the Ecuadorian Congress is seized by indigenous organizations, Col. Lucio Gutierrez, Carlos Solorzano and Antonio Vargas depose President Jamil Mahuad. Gutierrez is later replaced by Gen. Carlos Mendoza, who resigns and allows Vice-President Gustavo Noboa to succeed Mahuad.
Who were born on January 21?
- 1909Todor Skalovski, Macedonian composer (d. 2004)
- 1956Geena Davis, American actress
- 1966Robert Del Naja, English musician
- 1975Yuji Ide, Japanese racing driver
- 1976Emma Bunton, English singer (Spice Girls)
- 1977Jerry Trainor, American comedic actor (iCarly)
- 1981Andy Lee, Korean singer (Shinhwa)
- 1981Dany Heatley, Canadian ice hockey player
- 1986Sushant Singh Rajput, Indian actor
- 1994Laura Robson, British tennis player
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