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 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, 24,752,160 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 ‘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.
  • 1510
    Henry VIII of England, then 18 years old, appears incognito in the lists at Richmond, and is applauded for his jousting before he reveals his identity.
  • 1963
    Guinea-Bissau War of Independence officially begins when PAIGC guerrilla fighters attacked the Portuguese army stationed in Tite.
  • 1993
    New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Water Rooster in Chinese astrology.
  • 1997
    Antonis Daglis, a 23-year-old Greek truck driver is sentenced to thirteen consecutive life sentences, plus 25 years for the serial slayings of three women and the attempted murder of six others.

Who were born on January 23?

  • 1688
    Queen Ulrika Eleonora of Sweden (d. 1741)
  • 1933
    Chita Rivera, Puerto Rican actress and dancer
  • 1948
    Anita Pointer, American singer (Pointer Sisters)
  • 1959
    Clive Bull, English radio talk show host
  • 1974
    Richard T. Slone, British artist

Who died on January 23?

  • 1744
    Giambattista Vico, Italian philosopher and historian (b. 1668)
  • 1805
    Claude Chappe, French telecommunications pioneer (b. 1763)
  • 1991
    Northrop Frye, Canadian writer and critic (b. 1912)
  • 1999
    Joe D'Amato, Italian director (b. 1936)
  • 2002
    Paul Aars, American racecar driver (b. 1934)

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