About September 23

September 23, 2020 is the 267th day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 99 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Wednesday.

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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 142 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.
  • 1821
    Tripolitsa, Greece, falls and 30,000 Turks are massacred during the Greek War of Independence.
  • 1857
    The Russian warship Lefort capsizes and sinks during a storm in the Gulf of Finland, killing all 826 aboard.
  • 1905
    Norway and Sweden sign the “Karlstad treaty”, peacefully dissolving the Union between the two countries.
  • 1908
    University of Alberta in Alberta, Canada, is founded.
  • 1936
    First ascent of Siniolchu by a German team.
  • 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.
  • 1943
    World War II: The Nazi puppet state the Italian Social Republic is founded.
  • 1969
    The Chicago Eight trial opens in Chicago.
  • 1972
    Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos announces over television and radio the implementation of martial law.
  • 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.
  • 1992
    A large Provisional Irish Republican Army bomb destroys forensic laboratories in Belfast.
  • 1999
    Celebrate Bisexuality Day was first observed in the United States.
  • 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.
  • 2002
    The first public version of the web browser Mozilla Firefox (“Phoenix 0.1”) is released.
  • 2004
    Hurricane Jeanne: At least 1,070 in Haiti are reported to have been killed by floods.
  • 2008
    Kauhajoki school shooting: Matti Saari kills 10 people before committing suicide.

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