January 20 holidays in 2020

Holiday name Holiday location Holiday type
Martyrs’ Day Azerbaijan Public Holiday
Heroes' Day Cabo Verde Public Holiday
Heroes Day Guinea-Bissau Public Holiday
Penguin Awareness Day - Unofficial (Animals)
Martin Luther King Jr. Day Multiple [Show] Multiple Types
Robert E Lee's Birthday United States (Alabama, Arkansas) State Holiday
State Holiday United States (Mississippi) State Holiday
Idaho Human Rights Day United States (Idaho) State Holiday
Civil Rights Day United States (Arizona, New Hampshire) State Holiday
Martin Luther King Jr Day Puerto Rico Bank/public Sector Holiday
Martin Luther King Jr. Day Multiple [Show] Multiple Types
Blue Monday - (Health & Body, Weird & Obscure)
National Buttercrunch Day - Unofficial (Food & Drinks)
National Disc Jockey Day - Unofficial (Art & Entertainment)
National Cheese Lover’s Day - Unofficial (Food & Drinks)
Robert E. Lee's Birthday United States (Alabama, Mississippi) State Holiday
Wellington Anniversary Day New Zealand (Manawatu-Wanganui*, Wellington) Local Holiday

Historical Events on January 20

  • 1783: General hostilities in the American Revolutionary War come to an end between Great Britain and Spain and France when a peace treaty is officially signed.
  • 1788: The third part of the First Fleet finally makes it to Botany Bay on this day. It is decided by Arthur Philip that the area isn’t suitable for a penal colony, so it’s moved to Port Jackson.
  • 1841: The British begin occupation of Hong Kong Island.
  • 1887: The United States Navy is given permission to lease Pearl Harbor, Hawaii as a naval base by the U.S Senate.
  • 1920: The ACLU – the American Civil Liberties Union – is established on this day.
  • 1929: The 1st full-length motion picture that was filmed outdoors and with sound, “In Old Arizona”, is released on this day.
  • 1936: Edward VIII ascends the throne of the United Kingdom.
  • 1941: In Bucharest, Romania, a German officer is killed. This sparks a rebellion and retaliation by the Nazis. Over a hundred and twenty-five Jews are killed and thirty soldiers.
  • 1945: The two month process of evacuating over 1.8 million people from East Prussia begins on this day during World War II.
  • 1953: Dwight D. Eisenhower is inaugurated as the 34th President of the U.S.
  • 1954: Forty charter member radio stations begin the National Negro Network in the U.S.
  • 1981: Iran releases over 50 American hostages just 20 minutes after the inauguration of U.S. President Ronald Reagan.
  • 2009: Barack Obama is inaugurated as the 44th President of the U.S. He’s the first African-American President of the U.S.
  • 2017: Donald Trump is inaugurated as the 45th President of the U.S.

Famous Birthdays

  • American mob boss Enoch L. Johnson is born in 1883.
  • American journalist and author, Forrest Wilson is born in 1883.
  • American actor Leon Ames is born in 1902.
  • American comedian, TV host and political commentator, Bill Maher is born in 1956.
  • American actor Lorenzo Lamas is born in 1958.
  • American author Tami Hoag is born in 1959.
  • American author R.A. Salvatore is born in 1959.
  • American video game designer and co-founder of Maxis, Will Wright is born in 1960.
  • American actor James Denton is born in 1963.

Rosh Hashanah

Yom Kippur


Black Friday


Winter Solstice

Chinese New Year