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 French then this day of the week in French is mercredi.
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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.
- 1576The Mexican city of León is founded by order of the viceroy Don Martín Enríquez de Almanza.
- 1934Fujifilm, the photographic and electronics company, is founded in Tokyo, Japan.
- 1945World War II: Germany begins the evacuation of 1.8 million people from East Prussia, a task which will take nearly two months.
- 1960Hendrik Verwoerd announces a plebiscite on whether South Africa should become a Republic.
- 1986Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is celebrated as a federal holiday for the first time.
- 1991Sudan’s government imposes Islamic law nationwide, worsening the civil war between the country’s Muslim north and Christian south.
- 1992Air Inter Flight 148 crashes near Strasbourg, France, killing 82 passengers and five crew members.
- 1999The China News Service announces new government restrictions on Internet use, aimed especially at Internet cafés.
- 2001Philippine president Joseph Estrada is ousted in a nonviolent 4-day revolution, and is succeeded by Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
Who were born on January 20?
- 1907Paula Wessely, Austrian actress (d. 2000)
- 1922Graham Stark, British actor
- 1926David Tudor, American pianist and composer (d. 1996)
- 1954Rudy La Scala, Venezuelan singer-songwriter
- 1970Skeet Ulrich, American actor
- 1980Philippe Cousteau, Jr., French oceanographer; grandson of Jacques Cousteau
- 1981Freddy Guzmán, Dominican baseball player
- 1981Owen Hargreaves, English footballer
- 1986Derek Fathauer, American professional golfer
- 1989Washington, Brazilian footballer
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