About September 23

September 23, 2021 is the 266th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 99 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Thursday.

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Virgo is the sun sign of a person born on this day. Sapphire is the modern birthstone for this month. Agate is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 131 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

September 23: More About This Day

It is frequently the day of the Autumnal Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere and the day of the Vernal Equinox in the Southern Hemisphere.

What Happened On September 23

  • 1409
    Battle of Kherlen, the second significant victory over Ming China by the Mongols since 1368.
  • 1459
    Battle of Blore Heath, the first major battle of the English Wars of the Roses, is fought at Blore Heath in Staffordshire.
  • 1642
    First commencement exercises occur at Harvard College.
  • 1779
    American Revolution: a squadron commanded by John Paul Jones on board the USS Bonhomme Richard wins the Battle of Flamborough Head, off the coast of England, against two British warships.
  • 1803
    Second Anglo-Maratha War: Battle of Assaye between the British East India Company and the Maratha Empire in India.
  • 1806
    Lewis and Clark return to St. Louis after exploring the Pacific Northwest of the United States.
  • 1821
    Tripolitsa, Greece, falls and 30,000 Turks are massacred during the Greek War of Independence.
  • 1845
    The Knickerbockers Baseball Club, the first baseball team to play under the modern rules, is founded in New York.
  • 1889
    Nintendo Koppai (Later Nintendo Company, Limited) is founded by Fusajiro Yamauchi to produce and market the playing card game Hanafuda.
  • 1908
    University of Alberta in Alberta, Canada, is founded.
  • 1941
    World War II: The first gas chamber experiments are conducted at Auschwitz.
  • 1942
    World War II: First day of the September Matanikau action on Guadalcanal as United States Marine Corps forces attack Imperial Japanese Army units along the Matanikau River.
  • 1962
    The Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City opens with the completion of the first building, the Philharmonic Hall (now Avery Fisher Hall) home of the New York Philharmonic.
  • 1973
    Juan Perón returns to power in Argentina.
  • 1983
    Gerrie Coetzee of South Africa becomes the first African boxing world heavyweight champion.
  • 1983
    Gulf Air Flight 771 is bombed, killing all 117 people on board.
  • 1983
    Saint Kitts and Nevis joins the United Nations.
  • 1986
    Jim Deshaies of the Houston Astros sets the major-league record by striking out the first eight batters of the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
  • 1999
    Qantas Flight 1 overruns the runway in Bangkok during a storm. Although some passengers only receive minor injuries, it is still the worst crash in Qantas’s history since 1960.
  • 2004
    Hurricane Jeanne: At least 1,070 in Haiti are reported to have been killed by floods.

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