Wikipedia defines history as the discovery, collection, organization, and presentation of information about past events. It came from the Greek word ‘historia’ – which means ‘inquiry, knowledge acquired by investigation’.

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This website utilizes pages from Wikipedia to extract historical events from 3761 BC up to the present. There are 105,062 records in the database that include events, births and deaths of popular individuals. The present day Gregorian calendar was adopted to show dates of interest.

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

June 23: Facts & Myths About This Day

June 23 is the 174th day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 191 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday.

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

When this day started, 24,969,600 minutes 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 ‘hectaheptacontatetragon’ day.

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Cancer is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Pearl is the modern birthstone for this month. Moonstone is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 241 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 1,645 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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June 23 Historical Events

  • 1180
    First Battle of Uji, starting the Genpei War in Japan.
  • 1661
    Marriage contract between Charles II of England and Catherine of Braganza.
  • 1780
    American Revolution: Battle of Springfield fought in and around Springfield, New Jersey (including Short Hills, formerly of Springfield, now of Millburn Township).
  • 1865
    American Civil War: at Fort Towson in the Oklahoma Territory, Confederate, Brigadier General Stand Watie surrenders the last significant rebel army.
  • 1914
    Mexican Revolution: Pancho Villa takes Zacatecas from Victoriano Huerta.

Who were born on June 23?

  • 1750
    Déodat Gratet de Dolomieu, French geologist (d. 1801)
  • 1906
    King Tribhuvan of Nepal (d. 1955)
  • 1965
    Natalia Germanou Greek lyricist, television hostess, radio producer, DJ and journalist
  • 1974
    Joel Edgerton, Australian actor
  • 1984
    James Thomas, Jr., American reality show contestant

Who died on June 23?

  • 1222
    Constance of Aragon, consort of Ladislaus III of Hungary and Frederick II, Holy Roman Emperor (b. c. 1179)
  • 1677
    Wilhelm Ludwig, Duke of Württemberg (b. 1647)
  • 1832
    James Hall, Scottish geologist (b. 1761)
  • 1945
    Giuseppina Tuissi, Italian resistance member (b. 1923)
  • 1998
    Maureen O'Sullivan, Irish actress (b. 1911)

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