January 20: Day of the Week
January 20, 2019 was the 20th day of the year 2019 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 345 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Sunday.
If you are trying to learn Spanish then this day of the week in Spanish is domingo.
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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)
- 1356Edward Balliol abdicates as King of Scotland.
- 1502The present-day location of Rio de Janeiro is first explored.
- 1783The Kingdom of Great Britain signs a peace treaty with France and Spain, officially ending hostilities in the American Revolutionary War (also known as the American War of Independence).
- 1885L.A. Thompson patents the roller coaster.
- 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.
- 1945World War II: Germany begins the evacuation of 1.8 million people from East Prussia, a task which will take nearly two months.
- 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.
- 1999The China News Service announces new government restrictions on Internet use, aimed especially at Internet cafés.
- 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?
- 225Gordian III, Roman Emperor (d. 244)
- 1812Thomas Meik, Scottish engineer (d. 1896)
- 1911Wendell J. Westcott, American carillonneur (d. 2010)
- 1918Juan García Esquivel, Mexican bandleader (d. 2002)
- 1933Ron Townson, American singer (The 5th Dimension) (d. 2001)
- 1950Liza Goddard, British actress
- 1952Paul Stanley, American musician (Kiss)
- 1965Anton Weissenbacher, Romanian footballer
- 1971Gary Barlow, English singer (Take That)
- 1981Freddy Guzmán, Dominican baseball player
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