About January 23

January 23, 2021 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.

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Aquarius is the sun 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.

What Happened On January 23

  • 1533
    Anne Boleyn, second wife of Henry VIII of England, discovers herself pregnant.
  • 1719
    The Principality of Liechtenstein is created within the Holy Roman Empire.
  • 1793
    Second Partition of Poland: Russia and Prussia partition Poland for the second time.
  • 1849
    Elizabeth Blackwell is awarded her M.D. by the Geneva Medical College of Geneva, New York, becoming the United States’ first female doctor.
  • 1855
    The first bridge over the Mississippi River opens in what is now Minneapolis, Minnesota, a crossing made today by the Father Louis Hennepin Bridge.
  • 1879
    Anglo-Zulu War: the Battle of Rorke’s Drift ends.
  • 1899
    Emilio Aguinaldo is sworn in as President of the First Philippine Republic.
  • 1912
    The International Opium Convention is signed at The Hague.
  • 1941
    Charles Lindbergh testifies before the U.S. Congress and recommends that the United States negotiate a neutrality pact with Adolf Hitler.
  • 1943
    World War II: Troops of Montgomery’s 8th Army capture Tripoli in Libya from the German-Italian Panzer Army.
  • 1950
    The Knesset passes a resolution that states Jerusalem is the capital of Israel.
  • 1958
    Overthrow in Venezuela of Marcos Pérez Jiménez
  • 1961
    The Portuguese luxury cruise ship Santa Maria is hijacked by foes of the Estado Novo regime with the intention of waging war until dictator António de Oliveira Salazar was overthrown.
  • 1964
    The 24th Amendment to the United States Constitution, prohibiting the use of poll taxes in national elections, is ratified.
  • 1967
    Diplomatic relations between the Soviet Union and Ivory Coast are established.
  • 1973
    A volcanic eruption devastates Heimaey in the Vestmannaeyjar chain of islands off the south coast of Iceland.
  • 1974
    New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Wood Tiger in Chinese astrology.
  • 1997
    Antonis Daglis, a 23-year-old Greek truck driver is sentenced to thirteen consecutive life sentences, plus 25 years for the serial slayings of three women and the attempted murder of six others.
  • 2002
    “American Taliban” John Walker Lindh returns to the United States in FBI custody.
  • 2003
    Final communication between Earth and Pioneer 10.

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