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What are the important events that happened on January 23? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

January 23: Facts & Myths About This Day

January 23 is the 23rd day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 342 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Monday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is January 10, 2017 – a Monday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 412,536 hours has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘icositrigon’ day.

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Aquarius 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.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 5 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 1,494 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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January 23 Historical Events

  • 1897
    Elva Zona Heaster is found dead in Greenbrier County, West Virginia. The resulting murder trial of her husband is perhaps the only case in United States history where the alleged testimony of a ghost helped secure a conviction.
  • 1899
    Emilio Aguinaldo is sworn in as President of the First Philippine Republic.
  • 1974
    New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Wood Tiger in Chinese astrology.
  • 1997
    Antonis Daglis, a 23-year-old Greek truck driver is sentenced to thirteen consecutive life sentences, plus 25 years for the serial slayings of three women and the attempted murder of six others.
  • 2009
    Dendermonde nursery attack in Dendermonde, Belgium.

Who were born on January 23?

  • 1923
    Cot Deal, American baseball player and coach
  • 1935
    Bob Moses, American civil rights activist
  • 1940
    Johnny Russell, American country singer and songwriter (d. 2001)
  • 1953
    Robin Zander, American singer (Cheap Trick)
  • 1990
    Martyn Waghorn, English footballer

Who died on January 23?

  • 1567
    Jiajing, Emperor of China (b. 1507)
  • 1805
    Claude Chappe, French telecommunications pioneer (b. 1763)
  • 1810
    Johann Wilhelm Ritter, German chemist and physicist (b. 1776)
  • 1963
    Józef Gosławski, Polish sculptor and medallic artist (b. 1908)
  • 1977
    Toots Shor, New York restaurateur (b. 1903)

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