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

July 23: Facts & Myths About This Day

July 23 is the 204th day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 161 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Sunday.

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

When this day started, 25,012,800 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 ‘dihectatetragon’ day.

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

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 211 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 1,675 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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July 23 Historical Events

  • 1833
    Cornerstones are laid for the construction of the Kirtland Temple in Kirtland, Ohio.
  • 1903
    The Ford Motor Company sells its first car.
  • 1945
    The post-war legal processes against Philippe Pétain begin.
  • 1970
    Qaboos ibn Sa’id becomes Sultan of Oman after overthrowing his father, Sa’id ibn Taimur initiating massive reforms ;modernisation programs and end to a decade long civil war.
  • 1999
    ANA Flight 61 is hijacked in Tokyo, Japan by Yuji Nishizawa.

Who were born on July 23?

  • 1928
    Leon Fleisher, American pianist
  • 1936
    Anthony Kennedy, American Supreme Court Justice
  • 1953
    Graham Gooch, English cricketer
  • 1957
    Nick Galis, Greek basketball player
  • 1973
    Himesh Reshammiya, Indian Bollywood composer, singer and actor

Who died on July 23?

  • 1878
    Carl Freiherr von Rokitansky, Bohemian physician (b. 1804)
  • 1941
    George Lyman Kittredge, American English literature scholar and Harvard University professor (b. 1860)
  • 1942
    Andy Ducat, English cricketer and footballer (b. 1886)
  • 1996
    Jean Muir, American actress (b. 1911)
  • 2002
    Chaim Potok, American novelist and rabbi (b. 1929)

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