What are the important events that happened on October 23? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.
October 23: Facts & Myths About This Day
October 23 is the 297th day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 69 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday.
Under the Julian calendar, this day is October 10, 2020 – a Friday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?
When this day started, 1,603,411,200 seconds 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 ‘dihectaenneacontaheptagon’ day.
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Libra is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Opal is the modern birthstone for this month. Jasper is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.
According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 112 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 2,863 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.
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October 23 Historical Events
Claude François de Malet, a French general, begins a conspiracy to overthrow Napoleon Bonaparte, claiming that the Emperor died in Russia and that he is now the commandant of Paris.
72 Senators are summoned by Royal Proclamation to serve as the first members of the Canadian Senate.
Alberto Santos-Dumont flies an airplane in the first heavier-than-air flight in Europe at Champs de Bagatelle, Paris, France.
Woman’s suffrage: In New York City, 25,000-33,000 women march on Fifth Avenue to advocate their right to vote.
Dutch Schultz, Abe Landau, Otto Berman, and Bernard “Lulu” Rosencrantz are fatally shot at a saloon in Newark, New Jersey in what will become known as The Chophouse Massacre.
Walt Disney’s animated film Dumbo is released.
All 12 passengers and crewmen aboard an American Airlines DC-3 airliner are killed when it is struck by a U.S. Army Air Forces bomber near Palm Springs, California. Amongst the victims is award-winning composer and songwriter Ralph Rainger (“Thanks for the Memory”, “Love in Bloom”, “Blue Hawaii”).
Lebanon Civil War: The U.S. Marines barracks in Beirut is hit by a truck bomb, killing 241 U.S. military personnel. A French army barracks in Lebanon is also hit that same morning, killing 58 troops.
Phillips Disaster in Pasadena, Texas kills 23 and injures 314.
The Hungarian Republic is officially declared by president Mátyás Szűrös, replacing the communist Hungarian People’s Republic.
Who were born on October 23?
Hedvig Eleonora of Holstein-Gottorp, Queen of Sweden (d. 1715)
Felix Bloch, Swiss physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1983)
Leszek Kołakowski, Polish philosopher (d. 2009)
Pelé, Brazilian footballer
Michael ‘Wurzel’Burston, British musician (Motörhead)
Martin Luther King III, American human rights advocate
Rose Nabinger, German singer
Randy Pausch, American computer science professor, author (d. 2008)
Augusten Burroughs, American writer
Masiela Lusha, Albanian-American writer and actress
Who died on October 23?
Franz Bopp, German linguist (b. 1791)
Chulalongkorn, King of Thailand (b. 1853)
Zane Grey, American author (b. 1872)
Wakashima Gonshirō, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 21st Yokozuna (b. 1876)
Edward Adelbert Doisy, American biochemist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1893)
Barnett Slepian, American physician (b. 1946)
John Muth, American economist (b. 1930)
William Hootkins, American actor (b. 1948)
Lebo Mathosa, South African entertainer (b. 1977)
John McCarthy, American computer scientist and pioneer in the field of Artificial Intelligence, inventor of the Lisp programming language.(b. 1927)
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