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

  • 3102 BCE
    Epoch (origin) of the Kali Yuga.
  • 1368
    In a coronation ceremony, Zhu Yuanzhang ascends to the throne of China as the Hongwu Emperor, initiating Ming Dynasty rule over China that would last for three centuries.
  • 1546
    Having published nothing for eleven years, François Rabelais publishes the Tiers Livre, his sequel to Gargantua and Pantagruel.
  • 1579
    The Union of Utrecht forms a Protestant republic in the Netherlands.
  • 1849
    Elizabeth Blackwell is awarded her M.D. by the Geneva Medical College of Geneva, New York, becoming the United States’ first female doctor.
  • 1870
    In Montana, U.S. cavalrymen kill 173 Native Americans, mostly women and children, in the Marias Massacre.
  • 1912
    The International Opium Convention is signed at The Hague.
  • 1920
    The Netherlands refuses to surrender ex-Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany to the Allies.
  • 1942
    World War II: The Battle of Rabaul begins, the first fighting of the New Guinea campaign.
  • 1943
    World War II: Troops of Montgomery’s 8th Army capture Tripoli in Libya from the German-Italian Panzer Army.
  • 1945
    World War II: Karl Dönitz launches Operation Hannibal.
  • 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.
  • 1968
    North Korea seizes the USS Pueblo, claiming the ship had violated their territorial waters while spying.
  • 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
    Madeleine Albright becomes the first woman to serve as United States Secretary of State.
  • 2002
    Reporter Daniel Pearl is kidnapped in Karachi, Pakistan and subsequently murdered .
  • 2003
    Final communication between Earth and Pioneer 10.

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