What happened this day in history January 23

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 2023 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, 2023 – a Monday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 27,907,200 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 ‘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 383 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 3,685 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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January 23 Historical Events

  • 1571
    The Royal Exchange opens in London.
  • 1789
    Georgetown College, the first Catholic University in the United States, is founded in Georgetown, Maryland (now a part of Washington, D.C.)
  • 1942
    World War II: The Battle of Rabaul begins, the first fighting of the New Guinea campaign.
  • 1943
    World War II: The Battle of Mount Austen, the Galloping Horse, and the Sea Horse on Guadalcanal during the Guadalcanal campaign ends.
  • 1950
    The Knesset passes a resolution that states Jerusalem is the capital of Israel.
  • 1958
    Overthrow in Venezuela of Marcos Pérez Jiménez
  • 1964
    The 24th Amendment to the United States Constitution, prohibiting the use of poll taxes in national elections, is ratified.
  • 2003
    Final communication between Earth and Pioneer 10.
  • 2009
    Dendermonde nursery attack in Dendermonde, Belgium.
  • 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?

  • 1786
    Auguste de Montferrand, French architect (d. 1858)
  • 1872
    Joze Plečnik, Slovenian architect (d. 1957)
  • 1907
    Hideki Yukawa, Japanese physicist, Nobel laureate (d. 1981)
  • 1928
    Chico Carrasquel, Venezuelan baseball player (d. 2005)
  • 1933
    Chita Rivera, Puerto Rican actress and dancer
  • 1945
    Mike Harris, Canadian politician, Premier of Ontario
  • 1961
    Mas Selamat bin Kastari, Singapore’s most-wanted terror fugitive
  • 1966
    Haywoode Workman, American basketball player
  • 1974
    Sampsa Astala, Finnish musician (Lordi)
  • 1982
    Patrick Levis, American actor

Who died on January 23?

  • 1002
    Otto III, Holy Roman Emperor (b. 980)
  • 1570
    James Stewart, Earl of Moray, regent of Scotland (assassinated)
  • 1806
    William Pitt the Younger, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (b. 1759)
  • 1810
    Johann Wilhelm Ritter, German chemist and physicist (b. 1776)
  • 1820
    Prince Edward Augustus, Duke of Kent and Strathearn (b. 1767)
  • 1837
    John Field, Irish composer (b. 1782)
  • 1939
    Matthias Sindelar, Austrian footballer (b. 1903)
  • 1957
    Willie Edwards, Murder victim/killed by KKK members (b. 1932)
  • 2002
    Paul Aars, American racecar driver (b. 1934)
  • 2004
    Helmut Newton, German-born photographer (b. 1920)

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