On This Day for 23rd January

Historical Events

  • 971 In China, the war elephant corps of the Southern Han are soundly defeated at Shao by crossbow fire from Song Dynasty troops. The Southern Han state is forced to submit to the Song Dynasty, ending Southern Han rule, also first regular war elephant corps employed in Chinese army
  • 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.
  • 1556 Shaanxi Earthquake - deadliest ever recorded kills 830,000 in Shensi Province, China
  • 1950 Israeli Knesset resolves Jerusalem is capital of Israel
  • 1973 US President Nixon announces an accord has been reached to end Vietnam War
  • 1978 Sweden becomes the first nation in the world to ban aerosol sprays, believed to be damaging to earth's ozone layer.
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Did You Know?

Agoston Haraszthy, 1st vintner in Sonoma Valley, California imports 10,000 grape vine cuttings

On January 23rd, 1862

Famous Weddings

  • 1906 Composer Igor Stravinsky (23) weds Yekaterina Nosenko
  • 1999 Princess of Monaco Caroline (42) weds dynastic head of the House of Hanover and Britain's King George I descendant Prince Ernst August (45) in Monaco
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