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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 July 23? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

July 23: Facts & Myths About This Day

July 23 is the 205th day of the year 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 161 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Saturday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is July 10, 2016 – a Saturday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 408,120 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 ‘dihectapentagon’ 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 189 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 1,310 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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July 23 Historical Events

  • 1862
    American Civil War: Henry W. Halleck takes command of the Union Army.
  • 1936
    In Catalonia, Spain, the Unified Socialist Party of Catalonia is founded through the merger of Socialist and Communist parties.
  • 1952
    General Muhammad Naguib leads the Free Officers Movement (formed by Gamal Abdel Nasser, the real power behind the coup) in overthrowing King Farouk of Egypt.
  • 1967
    12th Street Riot: in Detroit, Michigan, one of the worst riots in United States history begins on 12th Street in the predominantly African American inner city. It will leave 43 killed, 342 injured and 1,400 buildings burned.
  • 1968
    The only successful hijacking of an El Al aircraft takes place when a Boeing 707 carrying 10 crew and 38 passengers is taken over by three members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. The aircraft was en route from Rome, Italy, to Lod, Israel.

Who were born on July 23?

  • 1885
    Georges V. Matchabelli, Georgian-born American perfumer (d. 1935)
  • 1971
    Alison Krauss, American singer and fiddler
  • 1979
    Richard Sims, Zimbabwean cricketer
  • 1981
    Jarkko Nieminen, Finnish tennis player
  • 1985
    Ólafur Hannesson, Icelandic television personality

Who died on July 23?

  • 1793
    Roger Sherman, American signer of the Declaration of Independence (b. 1721)
  • 1942
    Adam Czerniakow, Polish engineer (suicide) (b. 1880)
  • 1985
    Johnny Wardle, English cricketer (b. 1923)
  • 1990
    Kenjiro Takayanagi, Japanese developer of television (b. 1899)
  • 2011
    Amy Winehouse, British singer songwriter (b. 1983)

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