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’.

Did you know? There are many who claim Herodotus, a fifth century BC Greek historian, as the “father of history”.

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

October 23: Facts & Myths About This Day

October 23 is the 297th day of the year 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 69 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Sunday.

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

When this day started, 24,619,680 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 ‘dihectaenneacontaheptagon’ day.

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

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 97 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 1,402 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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October 23 Historical Events

  • 425
    Valentinian III is elevated as Roman Emperor, at the age of 6.
  • 1917
    Lenin calls for the October Revolution.
  • 1929
    Great Depression: After a steady decline in stock market prices since a peak in September, the New York Stock Exchange begins to show signs of panic.
  • 1944
    World War II: Battle of Leyte Gulf – The largest naval battle in history begins in the Philippines.
  • 1989
    The Hungarian Republic is officially declared by president Mátyás Szűrös, replacing the communist Hungarian People’s Republic.

Who were born on October 23?

  • 1790
    Chauncey Allen Goodrich, American clergyman (d. 1860)
  • 1945
    Maggi Hambling, English sculptor and painter
  • 1965
    Al Leiter, American baseball player
  • 1972
    Bryan Pratt, Missouri Politician
  • 1983
    Josh Strickland, American entertainer

Who died on October 23?

  • 1616
    Leonhard Hutter, German theologian (b. 1563)
  • 1957
    Christian Dior, French fashion designer (b. 1905)
  • 1997
    Bert Haanstra, Dutch filmmaker (b. 1916)
  • 2005
    Stella Obasanjo, Nigerian first lady (b. 1945)
  • 2007
    John Ilhan, Australian entrepreneur (b. 1965)

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