January 15: Day of the Week
January 15, 2023 was the 15th day of the year 2023 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 French then this day of the week in French is dimanche.
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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.
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January 15 Historical Event(s)
- 1759The British Museum opens.
- 1777American Revolutionary War: New Connecticut (present day Vermont) declares its independence.
- 1910Construction ends on the Buffalo Bill Dam in Wyoming, US, which was the highest dam in the world at the time, at 325 ft.
- 1919Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht, two of the most prominent socialists in Germany, are tortured and murdered by the Freikorps.
- 1947The brutalized corpse of Elizabeth Short (“The Black Dahlia”) is found in Leimert Park, Los Angeles.
- 1949Chinese Civil War: The Chinese Communist Party forces take over Tianjin from the Nationalist Government.
- 1966The Nigerian First Republic, led by Abubakar Tafawa Balewa is overthrown in a military coup d’état.
- 1976Gerald Ford’s would-be assassin, Sara Jane Moore, is sentenced to life in prison.
- 1991The United Nations deadline for the withdrawal of Iraqi forces from occupied Kuwait expires, preparing the way for the start of Operation Desert Storm.
- 2005An intense solar flare blasts X-rays across the solar system.
Who were born on January 15?
- 1809Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, French anarchist (d. 1865)
- 1850Sofia Kovalevskaya, Russian mathematician (d. 1891)
- 1897Xu Zhimo, Chinese poet (d. 1931)
- 1933Ernest J. Gaines, American author
- 1945William R. Higgins, USMC colonel (d. 1990)
- 1949Luis Alvarado, Puerto Rican baseball player (d. 2001)
- 1970Shane McMahon, American professional wrestler
- 1982Benjamin Agosto, American skater
- 1985Enrico Patrizio, Italian rugby player
- 1989Alexei Cherepanov, Russian hockey player (d. 2008)
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