January 20: Day of the Week
January 20, 2017 was the 20th day of the year 2017 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 French then this day of the week in French is vendredi.
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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)
- 1265In Westminster, the first English parliament conducts its first meeting held by Simon de Montfort in the Palace of Westminster, now also known colloquially as the “Houses of Parliament”.
- 1356Edward Balliol abdicates as King of Scotland.
- 1576The Mexican city of León is founded by order of the viceroy Don Martín Enríquez de Almanza.
- 1921The first Constitution of Turkey is adopted, making fundamental changes in the source and exercise of sovereignty by consecrating the principle of national sovereignty.
- 1936Edward VIII becomes King of the United Kingdom.
- 1941A Nazi officer is murdered in Bucharest, Romania, sparking a rebellion and pogrom by the Iron Guard, killing 125 Jews and 30 soldiers.
- 1959The first flight of the Vickers Vanguard.
- 1972Pakistan launched its Nuclear detterent program few weeks after its defeat in Bangladesh Liberation War and Indo-Pakistani War of 1971.
- 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.
- 1991Sudan’s government imposes Islamic law nationwide, worsening the civil war between the country’s Muslim north and Christian south.
Who were born on January 20?
- 1834George D. Robinson, 34th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1896)
- 1878Finlay Currie, British actor (d. 1968)
- 1896George Burns, American actor, comedian (d. 1996)
- 1908Fleur Cowles, American writer, editor and artist (d. 2009)
- 1933Ron Townson, American singer (The 5th Dimension) (d. 2001)
- 1965Sophie, Countess of Wessex, the wife of Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex
- 1965Warren Joyce, English footballer
- 1969Nicky Wire, British musician (Manic Street Preachers)
- 1982Fredrik Strømstad, Norwegian footballer
- 1991Jolyon Palmer, English racing driver; son of Jonathan Palmer
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