January 20: Day of the Week
January 20, 2021 was the 20th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 345 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Wednesday.
If you are trying to learn Spanish then this day of the week in Spanish is miércoles.
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Here’s the January calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.
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 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)
- 250Emperor Decius begins a widespread persecution of Christians in Rome. Pope Fabian is martyred.
- 1649Charles I of England goes on trial for treason and other “high crimes”.
- 1839In the Battle of Yungay, Chile defeats an alliance between Peru and Bolivia.
- 1941A Nazi officer is murdered in Bucharest, Romania, sparking a rebellion and pogrom by the Iron Guard, killing 125 Jews and 30 soldiers.
- 1945World War II: Hungary agrees to an armistice with the Allies.
- 1972Pakistan launched its Nuclear detterent program few weeks after its defeat in Bangladesh Liberation War and Indo-Pakistani War of 1971.
- 1986Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is celebrated as a federal holiday for the first time.
- 1990On Black Saturday, the Red Army kills Azerbaijani civilians in Baku.
- 1992Air Inter Flight 148 crashes near Strasbourg, France, killing 82 passengers and five crew members.
- 2006Witnesses 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?
- 1804Eugène Sue, French novelist (d. 1857)
- 1867Yvette Guilbert, French singer and actress (d. 1944)
- 1950Daniel Benzali, Brazilian-American actor
- 1968Nick Anderson, American basketball player
- 1970Mitch Benn, UK comedian, songwriter and actor
- 1975David Eckstein, American baseball player
- 1977Sid Wilson, American Musician, (Slipknot)
- 1979Shang Yi, Chinese footballer
- 1980Brigitte Olivier, Belgian judoka
- 1989Washington, Brazilian footballer
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