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

June 23: Facts & Myths About This Day

June 23 is the 174th day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 191 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday.

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

When this day started, 416,160 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 ‘hectaheptacontatetragon’ day.

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

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 241 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 1,645 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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June 23 Historical Events

  • 1758
    Seven Years’ War: Battle of Krefeld – British forces defeat French troops at Krefeld in Germany.
  • 1926
    The College Board administers the first SAT exam.
  • 1972
    Title IX of the United States Civil Rights Act of 1964 is amended to prohibit sexual discrimination to any educational program receiving federal funds.
  • 1972
    Watergate Scandal: U.S. President Richard M. Nixon and White House Chief of Staff H. R. Haldeman are taped talking about using the Central Intelligence Agency to obstruct the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s investigation into the Watergate break-ins.
  • 1973
    A fire at a house in Hull, England which kills a six year old boy is passed off as an accident; it later emerges as the first of 26 deaths by fire caused over the next seven years by arsonist Peter Dinsdale.

Who were born on June 23?

  • 47 BC
    Ptolemy Caesarion of Egypt; son of Julius Caesar and Cleopatra (d. 30 BC)
  • 1683
    Etienne Fourmont, French orientalist (d. 1745)
  • 1910
    Jean Anouilh, French dramatist (d. 1987)
  • 1951
    Jim Metzler, American actor
  • 1964
    Joss Whedon, American producer, director, and screenwriter

Who died on June 23?

  • 1686
    William Coventry, English statesman (b. c. 1628)
  • 1811
    Nicolau Tolentino de Almeida, Portuguese poet and satirist (b. 1740)
  • 1980
    Sanjay Gandhi, Indian politician; son of Indira Gandhi (b. 1946)
  • 2006
    Luke Graham, American wrestler (b. 1940)
  • 2009
    Hanne Hiob, German actress (b. 1923)

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