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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, 412,536 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 ‘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

  • 971
    In China, the war elephant corps of the Southern Han are soundly defeated at Shao by crossbow fire from Song Dynasty troops.
  • 1579
    The Union of Utrecht forms a Protestant republic in the Netherlands.
  • 1870
    In Montana, U.S. cavalrymen kill 173 Native Americans, mostly women and children, in the Marias Massacre.
  • 2003
    Final communication between Earth and Pioneer 10.
  • 2012
    New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Water Dragon in Chinese astrology.

Who were born on January 23?

  • 1828
    Saigō Takamori, Samurai, leader of Satsuma rebellion (d. 1877)
  • 1900
    William Ifor Jones, Welsh conductor and organist (d. 1988)
  • 1930
    Teresa Żylis-Gara, Polish singer
  • 1939
    Arlene Golonka, American actress
  • 1969
    Ariadna Gil, Spanish actress

Who died on January 23?

  • 1943
    Alexander Woollcott, American actor, author, and bon vivant (b. 1887)
  • 1963
    Józef Gosławski, Polish sculptor and medallic artist (b. 1908)
  • 1976
    Paul Dupuis, French Canadian film and television actor (b. 1913)
  • 1997
    Richard Berry, American composer and musician (b. 1935)
  • 1999
    Joe D'Amato, Italian director (b. 1936)

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