January 1, 2020 New Year's Day

January 1, 2020, was a Wednesday. It was 4 years, 5 months, and 16 days ago. The zodiac star sign for this date is Capricorn.

On This Day

On this day

What happened on January 1, 2020?

  • Rapper Lexii Alijai passes away after a suspected overdose.
  • The first day of 2020 begins, signifying the start of a new decade.
  • The World Health Organization requests more information on a cluster of atypical pneumonia cases in Wuhan, China.
  • The Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market in Wuhan is closed by Chinese authorities after an outbreak of pneumonia-like cases are linked to it.
  • Former NBA commissioner David Stern passes away weeks after suffering from a brain hemorrhage.
Song charts

Music charts

Songs that were on top of the charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on January 1, 2020:

  • United States: "All I Want for Christmas Is You" by Mariah Carey
  • United Kingdom: "I Love Sausage Rolls" by Ladbaby

The Billboard Hot 100 on January 1, 2020

These were the top five songs on the Billboard Hot 100 chart:

  • All I Want For Christmas Is You - Mariah Carey
  • Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree - Brenda Lee
  • Circles - Post Malone
  • Roxanne - Arizona Zervas
  • Futsal Shuffle 2020 - Lil Uzi Vert
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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Top movie at the box office

The movie "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" was at the top of the box office on January 1, 2020.


New Year's Day 2020 occurred 1,630 days ago. Approximately 54 months have passed. It was the 1st day of 2020, in week 01. The decade was the 2020s. A child born on this day is 4 years old and belongs to the Gen Alpha generation. 2020 was a leap year, which means that it had an extra day in February. The Earth has experienced 18 seasons of weather since then.


The following comments about January 1, 2020, were submitted by our visitors:


Damn its very surreal and depressing looking back as to what has yet to come back on this day. little did we know smh.
Posted on June 26, 2023 21:44


When the world was oddly different and quiet before the storm.
Posted on June 2, 2024 02:11

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Take me back to January 1, 2020

Let's take a stroll down memory lane.

The date is January 1, 2020, and it's a Wednesday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Capricorn. It's New Year's Day, the official start of the year 2020 and a brand new decade. A lot of people are relaxing at home. Some are nursing hangovers from the night before.

In America, the song "All I Want for Christmas Is You" by Mariah Carey is at the top of the singles charts, while "I Love Sausage Rolls" by Ladbaby is the number-one song in the UK. Donald Trump is the President of the United States, and the movie Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is at the top of the box office. Boris Johnson is the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

On television, people are watching popular shows such as "Shameless", "Brooklyn Nine-Nine", "Succession", and "You". News reports about an outbreak of a new respiratory virus in China are beginning to emerge. If you were to travel back to this day, notable figures such as Derek Acorah, Kobe Bryant, Caroline Flack, and Pop Smoke would all still be alive.

People are playing video games such as "Mortal Kombat 11", "Telling Lies", "FIFA 20", and "Death Stranding". Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "Bubble Guppies", "Blaze and the Monster Machines", "The Loud House", and "Elena of Avalor". Children are playing with toys such as the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One.


News, nostalgia, and fads

These are news stories, trending topics, and fads that were popular on January 1, 2020.

  • 2020 in movies.

    2020 in movies

    The movie industry was hit hard by the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic. Because movie theaters were temporarily closed in a lot of countries, many films had their release dates postponed. Movies that were released despite the pandemic included Bad Boys for Life, Tenet, Sonic the Hedgehog, and Dolittle.
  • Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.

    Joe Biden and Kamala Harris

    Joe Biden and Kamala Harris were named Time Persons of the Year in 2020 after they defeated incumbent US President Donald Trump.
  • Record of the Year.

    Record of the Year

    The song "Everything I Wanted" by Billie Eilish won a Grammy for 2020's Record of the Year.
  • Nomadland.


    The film "Nomadland" won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 2020.
  • 2020 in music.

    2020 in music

    The music charts in 2020 were dominated by The Weeknd, Post Malone, Roddy Ricch, Dua Lipa, DaBaby, Harry Styles, Future, Billie Eilish, and Maroon 5.
  • Best NBA players.

    Best NBA players

    The best NBA players in 2020 were Giannis Antetokounmpo, James Harden, Paul George, Nikola Jokic, Stephen Curry, and Damian Lillard.
  • Trump is facing his first impeachment.

    Trump is facing his first impeachment

    US President Donald Trump was facing impeachment for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

Personality traits

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What happened around this time?

News stories, pop culture trends, and other events that happened around January 1, 2020.

  • December 2, 2019: Lionel Messi is awarded the 2019 Ballon d'Or.
  • December 4, 2019: A video of world leaders mocking US President Trump during a NATO reception goes viral.
  • December 8, 2019:
    • Rapper Juice Wrld dies from toxic levels of oxycodone and codeine.
    • First confirmed coronavirus case: A patient in Wuhan, China, seeks medical help for pneumonia-like symptoms.
  • December 10, 2019:
    • William Shatner files for divorce from his wife Elizabeth Anderson Martin after 18 years of marriage.
    • 7 people are killed during a mass shooting at the Ostrava University Hospital in the Czech Republic.
  • December 12, 2019:
    • The Conservatives win a comfortable majority in the 2019 United Kingdom general election.
    • Former NBA commissioner David Stern suffers a brain hemorrhage.
  • December 13, 2019:
    • British TV presenter Caroline Flack is charged with common assault.
    • UK politics: Jeremy Corbyn announces that he will be stepping down as leader of the Labour Party.
    • The drama movie "Uncut Gems" is released.
  • December 14, 2019: Kelvin Fletcher and Oti Mabuse are crowned as the winners of Strictly Come Dancing.
  • December 17, 2019: English TV presenter Caroline Flack announces that she is standing down as the host of Love Island.
  • December 18, 2019:
    • Donald Trump becomes the third US President to be impeached.
    • The docuseries "Don't F**k with Cats: Hunting an Internet Killer" is released on Netflix.
  • December 19, 2019: DJ Topic and A76 release the song "Breaking Me".
  • December 20, 2019: Soccer: Arsenal appoint Mikel Arteta as their new manager.
  • December 22, 2019: Soccer: Mikel Arteta becomes the new manager of Arsenal.
  • December 29, 2019: Hospitals in the Chinese province of Hubei report four cases of pneumonia of unknown causes.
  • December 31, 2019: The World Health Organization in China is informed that cases of pneumonia of unknown causes have been detected in Wuhan, China.
  • This date: January 1, 2020
  • January 2, 2020: Irish broadcaster Marian Finucane passes away.
  • January 3, 2020:
    • English spiritual medium Derek Acorah passes away at the age of 69 from sepsis.
    • China officially notifies the WHO of an outbreak of pneumonia-like cases.
    • Iranian general Qasem Soleimani is assassinated by the United States.
  • January 4, 2020: The World Health Organization announces on Twitter that a cluster of pneumonia cases have been found in Wuhan, China.
  • January 7, 2020:
    • Irish broadcaster Larry Gogan passes away.
    • American screenwriter Silvio Horta commits suicide.
    • Rush drummer Neil Peart dies from brain cancer.
    • The WHO is officially notified about the Coronavirus.
  • January 8, 2020:
    • 176 people are killed when Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 crashes near Shahriar in Iran.
    • Justin Bieber announces on Instagram that he has been diagnosed with Lyme disease.
    • Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announce that they are "stepping back" from senior royal duties.
    • Canadian musician Grimes reveals that she and Elon Musk are having a baby.
  • January 13, 2020:
    • The first recorded case of coronavirus outside of China is found in Thailand.
    • The brutal murder of teenager Keane Mulready-Woods shocks Ireland.
  • January 14, 2020:
    • Chinese authorities begin to implement screening measures in Wuhan in response to an outbreak of coronavirus.
    • It is announced that Austin Butler and Vanessa Hudgens have ended their relationship after eight years.
  • January 15, 2020: "I am once again asking for your financial support": Internet users begin to make memes out of Bernie Sanders' fundraising video.
  • January 16, 2020: The second case of coronavirus outside of China is reported in Japan.
  • January 18, 2020: UFC 246: Conor McGregor defeats Donald Cerrone in the first round.
  • January 20, 2020:
    • The World Health Organization conducts its first mission to Wuhan, China, in response to a novel coronavirus outbreak.
    • South Korea reports its first case of Covid-19.
  • January 21, 2020:
    • Coronavirus outbreak: The first case is reported in the United States.
    • The WHO announces on Twitter that there is evidence of human-to-human transmission of coronavirus in Wuhan.
  • January 22, 2020: North Korea closes its borders in response to the coronavirus outbreak.
  • January 23, 2020: Coronavirus outbreak: The Chinese city of Wuhan is placed under quarantine.
  • January 24, 2020:
    • France informs the WHO that it has detected three cases of novel coronavirus.
    • Construction workers in Wuhan, China begin work on a dedicated hospital to help deal with the coronavirus outbreak.
  • January 25, 2020: Coronavirus outbreak: Australia and Canada confirm their first cases of Covid-19.
  • January 26, 2020:
    • NBA star Kobe Bryant dies in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California.
    • "Bad Guy" by Billie Eilish wins Record of the Year at the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards.
  • January 28, 2020:
    • Coronavirus outbreak: Mongolia and Hong Kong close their borders with China.
    • Coronavirus outbreak: All flights to China are suspended by United Airlines.
  • January 29, 2020:
    • Coronavirus outbreak: Airlines begin to suspend flights to China.
    • Coronavirus outbreak: The United States and Japan evacuate their citizens from the Chinese city of Wuhan.
  • January 30, 2020:
    • The World Health Organization designates the novel coronavirus as a global health emergency.
    • Russia closes its border with China in response to the coronavirus outbreak.
    • Coronavirus outbreak: The United States advises its citizens not to travel to China.
    • India and the Philippines confirm their first cases of Covid-19.
    • Dua Lipa releases her single "Physical".
  • January 31, 2020:
    • Senate Republicans vote against calling any witnesses for the impeachment trial of Donald Trump.
    • The first two cases of Coronavirus are found in Italy.
    • The United Kingdom announces its first two confirmed cases of Covid-19.
    • Coronavirus outbreak: Singapore bans all visitors from China.
    • Coronavirus outbreak: The United States suspends entry to anyone who has travelled to China in the past 14 days.
    • Brexit: The United Kingdom officially leaves the European Union.
Zodiac info


Zodiac, birthstone, and birth flower information.

Personality summary image

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on January 1, 2020, will have the star sign Capricorn.
  • Zodiac Element: Earth.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 2020 was the year of the Rat (Yang Wood).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 6.
  • Native American Zodiac: January 1, 2020 falls under the Goose.
  • Birthstone: A person during the month of January will have the birthstone Garnet.
  • Birth flower (January): The Carnation and the Snowdrop.
Television shows

Television shows in January 2020

Television shows that people were watching in January 2020:

The Witcher
The Witcher
Don't F**k with Cats: Hunting an Internet Killer
Don't F**k with Cats: Hunting an Internet Killer
The Mandalorian
The Mandalorian
The Boys
The Boys
After Life
After Life
Narcos: Mexico
Narcos: Mexico
Ex on the Beach
Ex on the Beach
Killing Eve
Killing Eve
Children TV shows

Cartoons and children's TV shows in January 2020

Children and teenagers were watching the following cartoons and TV series:

The Adventures of Paddington
The Adventures of Paddington
The Casagrandes
The Casagrandes
Sydney to the Max
Sydney to the Max

Butterbean's Café
Butterbean's Café
Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Big City Greens
Big City Greens
Sunny Day
Sunny Day
Raven's Home
Raven's Home
Nella the Princess Knight
Nella the Princess Knight
Elena of Avalor
Elena of Avalor
The Loud House
The Loud House

Toys in 2020

Children were playing with the following toys and games:

The Xbox One
The Xbox One
The PlayStation 4
The PlayStation 4
Video games

Video games

Popular video games that people were playing in January 2020.

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order 2019
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
Pokémon Sword and Shield 2019
Pokémon Sword and Shield
Death Stranding 2019
Death Stranding
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2019
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
FIFA 20 2019
Borderlands 3 2019
Borderlands 3
Gears 5 2019
Gears 5
Control 2019
Telling Lies 2019
Telling Lies
Days Gone 2019
Days Gone
Mortal Kombat 11 2019
Mortal Kombat 11
Tom Clancy's The Division 2 2019
Tom Clancy's The Division 2
Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrities, historical figures, and other notable people who were born on January 1.

J. Edgar Hoover

J. Edgar Hoover

The first Director of the FBI Deceased
Born on January 1, 1895
He was not alive on this date.

Grandmaster Flash

Grandmaster Flash

Hip Hop DJ
Born on January 1, 1958
He turned 62 on this day in 2020.

Verne Troyer

Verne Troyer

Actor Deceased
Born on January 1, 1969
He was not alive on this date.

Ice Spice

Ice Spice

Born on January 1, 2000
She turned 20 on this day in 2020.



National holidays and famous events that fall on January 1:


US President

Donald Trump was the President of the United States on January 1, 2020.


UK Prime Minister

Boris Johnson was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.


Irish Taoiseach

Leo Varadkar was the Taoiseach of Ireland.


Conception dates

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on January 1, 2020 was most likely conceived around April 10, 2019.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on January 1, 2020 is close to September 23, 2020.

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Stats for January 1, 2020


Here are some interesting statistics about January 1, 2020:

  • One day has passed since this date.
  • 232 weeks have passed.
  • 140,828,400 seconds have passed since January 1, 2020.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beat approximately 164,299,800 times.
  • Since then, the Earth has traveled approximately 72,667,454,400 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 23,471,400 times.
  • You have taken approximately 12,111,242 steps. That's roughly 5,383 miles.
  • 1,689,941 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere.
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