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 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, 24,487,200 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 ‘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

  • 1793
    Prussia re-conquers Mainz from France.
  • 1962
    The International Agreement on the Neutrality of Laos is signed.
  • 1974
    The Greek military junta collapses, and former Prime Minister Constantine Karamanlis is invited to lead the new government.
  • 1995
    Comet Hale-Bopp is discovered; it will become visible to the naked eye nearly a year later.
  • 1997
    Digital Equipment Company files antitrust charges against chipmaker Intel.

Who were born on July 23?

  • 1885
    Georges V. Matchabelli, Georgian-born American perfumer (d. 1935)
  • 1924
    Gavin Lambert, British-born American screenwriter (d. 2005)
  • 1931
    Claude Fournier, French Canadian film director and screenwriter
  • 1951
    Edie McClurg, American actress
  • 1985
    Blake Harrison, English actor

Who died on July 23?

  • 1878
    Carl Freiherr von Rokitansky, Bohemian physician (b. 1804)
  • 1932
    Tenby Davies, Welsh half-mile world champion runner (b. 1884)
  • 1942
    Andy Ducat, English cricketer and footballer (b. 1886)
  • 1999
    King Hassan II of Morocco (b. 1929)
  • 2004
    Mehmood, Indian actor (b. 1932)

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