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Friday January 15, 2021

January 15: Day of the Week

January 15, 2021 was the 15th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 350 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Friday.

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

January 2021

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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)

  • 69
    Otho seizes power in Rome, proclaiming himself Emperor of Rome, but rules for only three months before committing suicide.
  • 1908
    The Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority becomes the first Greek-letter organization founded and established by African-American college women.
  • 1919
    Boston Molasses Disaster: A large molasses tank in Boston, bursts and a wave of molasses rushes through the streets, killing 21 people and injuring 150 others.
  • 1919
    Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht, two of the most prominent socialists in Germany, are tortured and murdered by the Freikorps.
  • 1951
    Ilse Koch, “The Witch of Buchenwald”, wife of the commandant of the Buchenwald concentration camp, is sentenced to life imprisonment by a court in West Germany.
  • 1966
    The Nigerian First Republic, led by Abubakar Tafawa Balewa is overthrown in a military coup d’état.
  • 1967
    The first Super Bowl is played in Los Angeles. The Green Bay Packers defeat the Kansas City Chiefs 35-10
  • 1969
    The Soviet Union launches Soyuz 5.
  • 1991
    Elizabeth II, in her capacity as Queen of Australia, signs letters patent allowing Australia to become the first Commonwealth Realm to institute its own separate Victoria Cross award in its own honours system.
  • 2005
    An intense solar flare blasts X-rays across the solar system.

Who were born on January 15?

  • 1432
    King Afonso V of Portugal (d. 1481)
  • 1875
    Thomas Burke, American sprinter (d. 1929)
  • 1878
    Johanna Müller-Hermann, Austrian composer and pedagogue (d. 1941)
  • 1929
    Martin Luther King, Jr., American civil rights leader, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (d. 1968)
  • 1945
    William R. Higgins, USMC colonel (d. 1990)
  • 1948
    Ronnie Van Zant, American singer (Lynyrd Skynyrd) (d. 1977)
  • 1967
    Lisa Lisa, American R&B singer
  • 1968
    Chad Lowe, American actor
  • 1986
    Fred Davis, American football player
  • 1990
    Robert Trznadel, Polish footballer

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