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

  • 393
    Roman Emperor Theodosius I proclaims his eight year old son Honorius co-emperor.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1897
    Elva Zona Heaster is found dead in Greenbrier County, West Virginia. The resulting murder trial of her husband is perhaps the only case in United States history where the alleged testimony of a ghost helped secure a conviction.
  • 1907
    Charles Curtis of Kansas becomes the first Native American U.S. Senator.
  • 1920
    The Netherlands refuses to surrender ex-Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany to the Allies.
  • 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: Australian and American forces finally defeat the Japanese army in Papua. This turning point in the Pacific War marks the beginning of the end of Japanese aggression.
  • 1943
    World War II: The Battle of Mount Austen, the Galloping Horse, and the Sea Horse on Guadalcanal during the Guadalcanal campaign ends.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1993
    New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Water Rooster in Chinese astrology.
  • 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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