January 20: Day of the Week
January 20, 2023 was the 20th day of the year 2023 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 345 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Friday.
If you are trying to learn Japanese then this day of the week in Japanese is Kin'yōbi.
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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.
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.
- 1320Duke Wladyslaw Lokietek becomes king of Poland.
- 1502The present-day location of Rio de Janeiro is first explored.
- 1523Christian II is forced to abdicate as King of Denmark and Norway.
- 1649Charles I of England goes on trial for treason and other “high crimes”.
- 1945World War II: Germany begins the evacuation of 1.8 million people from East Prussia, a task which will take nearly two months.
- 1945World War II: Hungary agrees to an armistice with the Allies.
- 1954The National Negro Network is established with 40 charter member radio stations.
- 1959The first flight of the Vickers Vanguard.
- 1981Twenty minutes after Ronald Reagan is inaugurated, at age 69 the oldest man ever to be inaugurated as U.S. President, Iran releases 52 American hostages.
Who were born on January 20?
- 1834George D. Robinson, 34th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1896)
- 1894Walter Piston, American composer (d. 1976)
- 1898U Razak, Burmese politician (d. 1947)
- 1899Clarice Cliff, English ceramic artist (d. 1972)
- 1937Dorothy Provine, American singer, dancer and actress (d. 2010)
- 1965John Michael Montgomery, American singer
- 1973Princess Mathilde, Duchess of Brabant
- 1978Allan Søgaard, Danish footballer
- 1982Joe Swash, English actor
- 1984Olivia Hallinan, English actress
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