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 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

  • 1533
    Anne Boleyn, second wife of Henry VIII of England, discovers herself pregnant.
  • 1793
    Second Partition of Poland: Russia and Prussia partition Poland for the second time.
  • 1928
    New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Earth Dragon in Chinese astrology.
  • 2003
    Final communication between Earth and Pioneer 10.
  • 2009
    Dendermonde nursery attack in Dendermonde, Belgium.

Who were born on January 23?

  • 1897
    Sir William Samuel Stephenson, Canadian soldier, W.W.II codename, Intrepid. Inspiration for James Bond. (d. 1989)
  • 1935
    Bob Moses, American civil rights activist
  • 1939
    Arlene Golonka, American actress
  • 1952
    Omar Henry, South African cricketer
  • 1974
    Rebekah Elmaloglou, Australian actress

Who died on January 23?

  • 1800
    Edward Rutledge, American statesman (b. 1749)
  • 1922
    Arthur Nikisch, Hungarian conductor (b. 1855)
  • 1944
    Edvard Munch, Norwegian painter (b. 1863)
  • 1992
    Freddie Bartholomew, Irish actor (b. 1924)
  • 2002
    Pierre Bourdieu, French sociologist (b. 1930)

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