About January 23

January 23, 2020 is the 23rd day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 343 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Thursday.

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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 2 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On January 23

  • 3102 BCE
    Epoch (origin) of the Kali Yuga.
  • 393
    Roman Emperor Theodosius I proclaims his eight year old son Honorius co-emperor.
  • 971
    In China, the war elephant corps of the Southern Han are soundly defeated at Shao by crossbow fire from Song Dynasty troops.
  • 1533
    Anne Boleyn, second wife of Henry VIII of England, discovers herself pregnant.
  • 1546
    Having published nothing for eleven years, François Rabelais publishes the Tiers Livre, his sequel to Gargantua and Pantagruel.
  • 1556
    The deadliest earthquake in history, the Shaanxi earthquake, hits Shaanxi province, China. The death toll may have been as high as 830,000.
  • 1570
    James Stewart, 1st Earl of Moray, regent for the infant King James VI of Scotland, is assassinated by firearm, the first recorded instance of such.
  • 1579
    The Union of Utrecht forms a Protestant republic in the Netherlands.
  • 1793
    Second Partition of Poland: Russia and Prussia partition Poland for the second time.
  • 1870
    In Montana, U.S. cavalrymen kill 173 Native Americans, mostly women and children, in the Marias Massacre.
  • 1899
    Emilio Aguinaldo is sworn in as President of the First Philippine Republic.
  • 1937
    In Moscow, 17 leading Communists go on trial accused of participating in a plot led by Leon Trotsky to overthrow Joseph Stalin’s regime and assassinate its leaders.
  • 1942
    World War II: The Battle of Rabaul begins, the first fighting of the New Guinea campaign.
  • 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.
  • 1973
    President Richard Nixon announces that a peace accord has been reached in Vietnam.
  • 1974
    New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Wood Tiger in Chinese astrology.
  • 1986
    The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducts its first members: Little Richard, Chuck Berry, James Brown, Ray Charles, Fats Domino, the Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis Presley.
  • 2003
    Final communication between Earth and Pioneer 10.

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