What happened this day in history

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 105,060 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 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 342 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Saturday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is January 10, 2021 – a Saturday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 447,600 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 20 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 2,955 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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January 23 Historical Events

  • 1571
    The Royal Exchange opens in London.
  • 1920
    The Netherlands refuses to surrender ex-Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany to the Allies.
  • 1943
    World War II: Australian and American forces finally defeat the Japanese army in Papua. This turning point in the Pacific War marks the beginning of the end of Japanese aggression.
  • 2002
    Reporter Daniel Pearl is kidnapped in Karachi, Pakistan and subsequently murdered .
  • 2031
    New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Metal Pig in Chinese astrology.

Who were born on January 23?

  • 1898
    Freda Utley, British scholar and author (d. 1978)
  • 1936
    Jerry Kramer, American football player
  • 1970
    Spyridon Vasdekis, Greek long jumper
  • 1972
    Lisa Snowdon, British model and TV presenter
  • 1976
    Brandon Duckworth, American baseball player

Who died on January 23?

  • 1963
    Józef Gosławski, Polish sculptor and medallic artist (b. 1908)
  • 1973
    Kid Ory, American jazz trombonist (b. 1886)
  • 1990
    Allen Collins, American guitarist (Lynyrd Skynyrd) (b. 1952)
  • 2002
    Paul Aars, American racecar driver (b. 1934)
  • 2006
    Chris McKinstry, Canadian scientist (b. 1967)

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