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Wednesday January 20, 2021

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.

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

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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 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)

  • 1356
    Edward Balliol abdicates as King of Scotland.
  • 1576
    The Mexican city of León is founded by order of the viceroy Don Martín Enríquez de Almanza.
  • 1934
    Fujifilm, the photographic and electronics company, is founded in Tokyo, Japan.
  • 1945
    World War II: Germany begins the evacuation of 1.8 million people from East Prussia, a task which will take nearly two months.
  • 1960
    Hendrik Verwoerd announces a plebiscite on whether South Africa should become a Republic.
  • 1986
    Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is celebrated as a federal holiday for the first time.
  • 1991
    Sudan’s government imposes Islamic law nationwide, worsening the civil war between the country’s Muslim north and Christian south.
  • 1992
    Air Inter Flight 148 crashes near Strasbourg, France, killing 82 passengers and five crew members.
  • 1999
    The China News Service announces new government restrictions on Internet use, aimed especially at Internet cafés.
  • 2001
    Philippine president Joseph Estrada is ousted in a nonviolent 4-day revolution, and is succeeded by Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

Who were born on January 20?

  • 1907
    Paula Wessely, Austrian actress (d. 2000)
  • 1922
    Graham Stark, British actor
  • 1926
    David Tudor, American pianist and composer (d. 1996)
  • 1954
    Rudy La Scala, Venezuelan singer-songwriter
  • 1970
    Skeet Ulrich, American actor
  • 1980
    Philippe Cousteau, Jr., French oceanographer; grandson of Jacques Cousteau
  • 1981
    Freddy Guzmán, Dominican baseball player
  • 1981
    Owen Hargreaves, English footballer
  • 1986
    Derek Fathauer, American professional golfer
  • 1989
    Washington, Brazilian footballer

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