What happened this day in history December 23

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

December 23: Facts & Myths About This Day

December 23 is the 358th day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 8 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Wednesday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is December 10, 2020 – a Wednesday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 446,856 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 ‘trihectapentacontaoctagon’ day.

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

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 51 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 2,924 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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December 23 Historical Events

  • 962
    Byzantine-Arab Wars: Under the future Emperor Nicephorus Phocas, Byzantine troops stormed the city of Aleppo
  • 1688
    As part of the Glorious Revolution, King James II of England flees England to Paris after being deposed in favour of his nephew, William of Orange and his daughter Mary.
  • 1893
    The opera Hänsel und Gretel by Engelbert Humperdinck is first performed.
  • 1914
    World War I: Australian and New Zealand troops arrive in Cairo, Egypt.
  • 1916
    World War I: Battle of Magdhaba – Allied forces defeat Turkish forces in Egypt’s Sinai peninsula.
  • 1938
    Discovery of the first modern coelacanth in South Africa.
  • 1948
    Seven Japanese convicted of war crimes by the International Military Tribunal for the Far East are executed at Sugamo Prison in Tokyo.
  • 1970
    The North Tower of the World Trade Center in Manhattan, New York City is topped out at 1,368 feet (417 m), making it the tallest building in the world.
  • 1972
    A 6.5 magnitude earthquake strikes the Nicaraguan capital of Managua killing more than 10,000.
  • 2003
    PetroChina Chuandongbei natural gas field explosion, Guoqiao, Kai County, Chongqing, China, killing at least 234.

Who were born on December 23?

  • 1621
    Edmund Berry Godfrey, English magistrate (d. 1678)
  • 1854
    Henry B. Guppy, British botanist (d. 1926)
  • 1902
    Charan Singh, Indian Prime Minister(d.1987)
  • 1924
    Bob Kurland, American basketball player
  • 1935
    Paul Hornung, American football player
  • 1936
    Frederic Forrest, American actor
  • 1942
    Quentin Bryce, Governor-General of Australia
  • 1970
    Raymont Harris, American football player
  • 1983
    Hanley Ramírez, Dominican baseball player
  • 1988
    Eri Kamei, Japanese singer

Who died on December 23?

  • 668
    Mor Gabriel, Syriac Orthodox Saint (b. 594)
  • 1575
    Akiyama Nobutomo, Japanese military commander (b. 1531)
  • 1646
    François Maynard, French poet (b. 1582)
  • 1926
    Swami Shraddhanand,(b.1856)
  • 1946
    John A. Sampson, American gynecologist (b. 1873)
  • 1950
    Vincenzo Tommasini, Italian composer (b. 1878)
  • 1972
    Andrei Tupolev, Soviet aircraft designer (b. 1888)
  • 2004
    P. V. Narasimha Rao, Prime Minister of India (b. 1921)
  • 2005
    Norman D. Vaughan, American polar explorer and musher (b. 1905)
  • 2009
    Robert L. Howard, American Vietnam War soldier; Medal of Honor recipient (b. 1939)

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