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 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, 1,485,129,600 seconds 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

  • 393
    Roman Emperor Theodosius I proclaims his eight year old son Honorius co-emperor.
  • 1368
    In a coronation ceremony, Zhu Yuanzhang ascends to the throne of China as the Hongwu Emperor, initiating Ming Dynasty rule over China that would last for three centuries.
  • 1997
    Madeleine Albright becomes the first woman to serve as United States Secretary of State.
  • 2009
    Dendermonde nursery attack in Dendermonde, Belgium.
  • 2031
    New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Metal Pig in Chinese astrology.

Who were born on January 23?

  • 1832
    Édouard Manet, French artist (d. 1883)
  • 1855
    John Moses Browning, American inventor (d. 1926)
  • 1876
    Otto Diels, German chemist, Nobel laureate (d. 1954)
  • 1910
    Django Reinhardt, Belgian guitarist (d. 1953)
  • 1952
    Omar Henry, South African cricketer

Who died on January 23?

  • 1789
    John Cleland, English novelist (b. 1709)
  • 1921
    Mykola Leontovych, Ukrainian composer (b. 1877)
  • 1973
    Kid Ory, American jazz trombonist (b. 1886)
  • 1988
    Charles Glen King, American biochemist (b. 1896)
  • 1990
    Allen Collins, American guitarist (Lynyrd Skynyrd) (b. 1952)

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