Historical Events on 23rd January

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  • 393 Roman Emperor Theodosius I proclaims his nine year old son Honorius co-emperor.
  • 909 John of Rila aka Saint Ivan and the fable of two pies.
  • 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
  • 1265 1st English Parliament not summoned by the monarch formally convened (some authorities)
  • 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.
  • 1490 1st printing of Ramban's Sha'ar ha-Gemul
  • 1546 Having published nothing for eleven years, Francois Rabelais publishes the Tiers Livre, his sequel to Gargantua and Pantagruel.
  • 1552 2nd version of Book of Common Prayer becomes mandatory in England
  • 1556 Shaanxi Earthquake - deadliest ever recorded kills 830,000 in Shensi Province, China
  • 1570 Earl of Moray, regent of Scotland, assassinated; civil war breaks out

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1571 Queen Elizabeth I of England opens Royal Exchange in London

Queen of England and Ireland Elizabeth I
Queen of England and Ireland
Elizabeth I
  • 1579 Union of Utrecht signed, forming protestant Dutch Republic
  • 1631 France & Sweden sign anti-German Treaty of Barwald
  • 1637 Dutch governor Johan Mauritius lands in Pernambuco, Brazil
  • 1643 Sir Thomas Fairfax takes Leeds for Parliamentarians in English Civil War

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1647 Scottish Presbyterians sell captured Charles I to English parliament

King Charles I
King
Charles I

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1656 Blaise Pascal publishes the first of his Lettres provinciales.

Mathematician, Physicist, and Philosopher Blaise Pascal
Mathematician, Physicist, and Philosopher
Blaise Pascal

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1663 King Louis XIV affirms covenant with Rÿnstaten

The Sun King of France Louis XIV
The Sun King of France
Louis XIV
  • 1668 England, Netherlands & Sweden sign Triple Alliance against French
  • 1719 Liechtenstein became a sovereign member state of the Holy Roman Empire.
  • 1779 Charles Messier catalogs M56 (globular cluster in Lyra)
  • 1789 Georgetown, 1st US Catholic college, founded
  • 1793 2nd Partition of Poland, between Prussia & Russia
  • 1793 Humane Society of Philadelphia (1st aid society) organized
  • 1796 Armand-Gaston Camus becomes chairman of Council of 500
  • 1812 7.8 earthquake shakes New Madrid, Missouri
  • 1833 Joseph Pease, a Quaker, admitted to Parliament on his affirmation
  • 1845 Uniform US election day for president & VP authorized

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1849 Mrs Elizabeth Blackwell becomes 1st woman physician in US

  • 1849 Patent granted for an envelope-making machine

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1853 John Wilkes Booth is baptized at St. Timothy's Protestant Episcopal Church

  • 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.
  • 1856 Steamer Pacific, leaves Liverpool on final voyage (lost at sea, 186 on board)
  • 1859 Mauna Loa volcano in Hawaii begins an eruption that lasts 300 days
  • 1862 Agoston Haraszthy, 1st vintner in Sonoma Valley, California imports 10,000 grape vine cuttings
  • 1865 -Jan 25th) Battle of City Point, VA (James River, Trent's Reach)
  • 1870 173 Blackfoot (140 women & children) killed in Montana by US Army
  • 1879 US National Archery Association forms (Crawfordsville, Ind)

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1889 Daniel Williams forms Provident Hospital in Chicago

Heart surgeon Daniel Williams
Heart surgeon
Daniel Williams
  • 1894 G W Bunbury of Dublin sets shorthand record of 250 wpm for 10 min
  • 1896 Edward Macdowell's 2nd Suite in E premieres
  • 1897 Start of Sherlock Holmes "Adventure of Abbey Grange" (BG)
  • 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.

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1899 Emilio Aguinaldo is sworn in as President of the First Philippine Republic.

Revolutionary and 1st President of the Philippines Emilio Aguinaldo
Revolutionary and 1st President of the Philippines
Emilio Aguinaldo
  • 1902 Winnipeg Victorias sweep Toronto Wellingtons in 2 for Stanley Cup

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1904 Ålesund Fire: the Norwegian coastal town Ålesund is devastated by fire, leaving 10,000 people homeless and one person dead. Kaiser Wilhelm II funds the rebuilding of the town in Jugendstil style.

German Emperor and King of Prussia Wilhelm II
German Emperor and King of Prussia
Wilhelm II
  • 1907 Charles Curtis of Kansas becomes 1st Native American US senator
  • 1908 US & Great Britain demand end of abuses in Congo
  • 1909 1st radio rescue at sea
  • 1912 The International Opium Convention is signed at The Hague.
  • 1913 The 'Young Turks' lead a coup d'etat against the Turkish Government
  • 1916 Temp falls from 44°F (7°C) to -56°F (49°C) night of 23-24, Browning MT
  • 1920 Dutch refuse to turn over ex-Emperor Wilhelm II of Germany to allies
  • 1923 Taxi strike in Amsterdam begins (through March 9th)
  • 1924 Ramsey MacDonald forms 1st Labour government in Britain
  • 1924 Upon Stanley Baldwin's resignation. Ramsay MacDonald forms the first Labour Government, climaxing 24 years of effort by that party
  • 1926 Eugene O'Neill's "Great God Brown" premieres in NYC
  • 1928 "The Adventure of the Good Soldier Schweik" premieres in Berlin
  • 1930 Clyde Tombaugh photographs planet Pluto
  • 1930 George Washington Birthplace National Monument, Va established
  • 1930 WIS-AM (now WOMG) in Columbia SC begins radio transmissions
  • 1932 El Salvador army kills 4,000 protesting farmers
  • 1933 20th amendment ratified changed date of US presidential inaugurations to 20th January
  • 1936 Catholic People's Party (KVP) of Curacao forms

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1937 Karl Radek & 16 others go on trial in Stalin's great purge

Soviet Union Premier Joseph Stalin
Soviet Union Premier
Joseph Stalin
  • 1940 Pianist Ignaz Paderewski becomes premier of Polish government in exile
  • 1941 Ground breaking for NACA (now NASA) Lewis Research Center
  • 1941 WOR-AM in Newark NJ moves to NYC
  • 1942 Battle of Rabaul - Japanese attack Australian air base in Rabaul, New Britain
  • 1942 Japanese troops occupy Rabaul New Britain
  • 1942 Tank battle at Adzjedabia, Africa Korp vs British 8th army
  • 1943 66.34 cm (26.12"), Hoegees Camp, California (state record)
  • 1943 British 8th army marches into Tripoli
  • 1943 Detroit Red Wings scores NHL record 8 goals in 1 period
  • 1943 Japanese Mount Austen on Guadalcanal captured

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1943 Duke Ellington plays at Carnegie Hall in New York City for the first time.

Jazz Musician and Composer Duke Ellington
Jazz Musician and Composer
Duke Ellington

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1944 Arnold Schoenberg's "Ode to Napoleon" premieres in NYC

Composer and Painter Arnold Schoenberg
Composer and Painter
Arnold Schoenberg
  • 1944 Det Red Wings score 15 goals against NY Rangers & NHL record 37 points, also most consecutive goals & most lopsided game 15-0
  • 1945 Dutch Premier Gerbrandy, exiled in London, tenders his resignation

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1945 World War II: Karl Dönitz launches Operation Hannibal.

Admiral and Navy Commander Karl Dönitz
Admiral and Navy Commander
Karl Dönitz
  • 1946 Rear Admiral Sidney W Souers, USNR, becomes 1st director of CIA

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1948 Bradman scores 201 in 272 mins v India, 21 fours 1 six

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • 1948 Huston's "Treasure of Sierra Madre" starring Humphrey Bogart opens
  • 1948 Test debut of Neil Harvey, v India at Adelaide
  • 1950 3rd edition of Joseph Kane's Famous 1st Facts published
  • 1950 AP picks "Miracle Braves" of 1914 as greatest sports upset
  • 1950 Israeli Knesset resolves Jerusalem is capital of Israel
  • 1950 NFL rule changes open way for 2-platoon system (offense & defense)
  • 1950 Rebel army of cap Raymond Westerner occupies Bandung
  • 1951 3rd Emmy Awards: Alan Young Show, Alan Young & Gertrude Berg win
  • 1953 Bobby Simpson makes 1st-class debut for NSW 16 yrs 357 days
  • 1953 NFL Dallas Texans become Baltimore Colts (now Indianapolis Colts)
  • 1953 NFL's National & American conference become Eastern & Western conf
  • 1954 Harry van Thorn chosen chairman of Dutch KVP
  • 1954 Equal longest undefeated streak in Toronto Maple Leaf history ends - 18 games, 16 wins, 2 ties
  • 1955 Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA Tampa Golf Open
  • 1955 KORK (now KVBC) TV channel 3 in Las Vegas, NV (NBC) 1st broadcast
  • 1955 Express train travelling from York to Bristol derails, killing 14 and injuring many other passengers
  • 1958 "Body Beautiful" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 60 performances
  • 1958 Dictator Marcos Perez Jiménez flees Venezuela, Larrazabal takes power
  • 1958 Pakistani cricketer Hanif Mohammad completes 337 runs in 970 minutes v West Indies
  • 1959 9th NBA All-Star Game: West beats East 124-108 at Detroit
  • 1960 Bathosphere "Trieste", crewed by Jacques Piccard and US Navy Lieutenant Don Walsh, reaches bottom of Pacific (10,900 m)
  • 1961 Supreme Court rules cities & states have right to censor films
  • 1961 Venezuela adopts constitution

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1962 British intellegence officer Kim Philby defects to USSR

  • 1962 Libya, Morocco, Algeria & Tunisia plan to form United Arab Maghreb
  • 1962 "Jules et Jim", based on the novel by Henri-Pierre Roché, directed by François Truffau and starring Jeanne Moreau is released
  • 1964 24th Amendment to the United States Constitution ratified, barring poll tax in federal elections

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1964 Arthur Miller's "After the Fall" premieres in NYC

Playwright Arthur Miller
Playwright
Arthur Miller
  • 1965 "King Family Show" (musical variety) premieres on ABC TV
  • 1965 BPAA All-Star Tournament won by Dick Weber

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1965 Boston Celtic center Bill Russell misses all 14 shots in loss to Philadelphia Warriors led by Wilt Chamberlain

Basketball Player Bill Russell
Basketball Player
Bill Russell
NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain

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1967 Stan Musial is named GM of Cards

MLB Legend Stan Musial
MLB Legend
Stan Musial
  • 1968 Joe Medwick elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
  • 1968 Spy ship USS Pueblo & 83-man crew seized in Sea of Japan by North Korea
  • 1968 18th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 144-124 at New York City
  • 1969 Cream releases their last album "Goodbye"
  • 1970 Australia's 1st amateur radio satellite (Oscar 5) launched (California)
  • 1970 Dolle Mina's burns her bra in Amsterdam
  • 1970 US launches 2nd generation weather satellite, ITOS 1
  • 1970 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1971 -80°F (-62°C) in Prospect Creek Camp, Alaska (US record)
  • 1971 4th ABA All-Star Game: East 126 beats West 122 at Carolina
  • 1971 UCLA loses to Notre Dame, UCLA then wins next 88 games in a row
  • 1971 Riots break out in the Shankill Road area of Belfast, North Ireland
  • 1971 Britain allowed to sell arms to S. Africa, after Commonwealth Conference in Singapore ends in compromise
  • 1972 Ard Schenk becomes European all-round skating champ
  • 1972 Bootlegger sells wood alcohol to wedding party-100 die-New Delhi
  • 1972 Entire population of Istanbul under 24 hour house arrest
  • 1972 NFL Pro Bowl: AFC beats NFC 26-13
  • 1973 23rd NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 104-84 at Chicago
  • 1973 Helgafell, island of Heimaey Iceland erupts for 1st time in 7,000 yrs
  • 1973 Jordan Air crash at Kano, Nigeria kills 176 Muslim pilgrims
  • 1973 US President Nixon announces an accord has been reached to end Vietnam War
  • 1973 Shah of Iran announces that the 1954 operating agreement between a consortium of oil companies and Iran will not be renewed when it expires in 1979
  • 1974 1st edition of women's magazine "Story"
  • 1975 "Barney Miller" premieres on ABC TV
  • 1975 Ralph Kiner elected to baseball's Hall of Fame
  • 1976 Ian Redpath hits his only 2 sixes in Cricket Tests, v WI Adelaide
  • 1976 Wash Caps end 25 game winless streak (0-22-3) beat NY Rangers 7-5
  • 1976 The Provisional Irish Republican Army truce of February 1975 is officially brought to an end
  • 1976 The results to U.S. advice columnist Ann Landers' question (if they could do it all over, would parents still become parents) state that 70% of 10,000 responding parents were negative about being parents
  • 1977 $1.5-million Serge Lepage dress exhibited, Paris
  • 1977 Mini-series "Roots" premieres on ABC
  • 1978 Belgian industrial Haron Empain kidnapped in Paris
  • 1978 NFL Pro Bowl: NFC beats AFC 14-13
  • 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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1979 Willie Mays elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays
  • 1981 1st Richard Nixon museum opens (San Clemente California)
  • 1981 Jochem Bird elected mayor of West Berlin

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1981 Mike Bossy becomes 1st in NHL to score 50 goals in 50 games

Ice Hockey Great Mike Bossy
Ice Hockey Great
Mike Bossy
  • 1981 Red Sox trade Fred Lynn to Angels for Frank Tanana & Joe Rudi
  • 1982 Urbe Blanca (cow) produces record 110 kg of milk, Cuba (approx date)
  • 1982 World Airways DC-10 skids at Boston Logan Airport killing 2

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1983 "A-Team" with Mr T premieres on NBC

Actor Mr. T
Actor
Mr. T

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1983 Bjorn Borg announces his retirement from tennis

Tennis Player Björn Borg
Tennis Player
Björn Borg
  • 1983 Cerebral Palsy telethon raises $14,700,000
  • 1983 In NBA, Portland scores all 17 pts in overtime to beat Houston 113-96
  • 1983 Russian radioactive satellite falls into Indian Ocean
  • 1983 Schone skates ladies world record 5 km (7:40.97)
  • 1983 "Mud Bowl", Miami Dolphins beat the New York Jets 14-0 in the AFC Championship Game on a wet, muddy field, which negated the Jets significant speed and skill advantage
  • 1983 AFC Championship Game: Miami Dolphins beat New York Jets 14-0
  • 1984 Buffalo Sabres win NHL record 10th straight road game
  • 1984 Greatest unpaced 1-hr bicycle distance, F Moser (Italy), 51.15 km

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1984 Hulk Hogan defeats Iron Sheik to become WWF champ

WWF Wrestler Hulk Hogan
WWF Wrestler
Hulk Hogan
  • 1985 Britains House of Lords debate 1st televised
  • 1986 "Jerome Kern Goes to Hollywood" opens at Ritz Theater NYC for 13 performances
  • 1986 Columbia returns to Kennedy Space Center via Davis-Monthan AFB

Hall of fameHall of Fame

1986 1st induction of Rock 'N' Roll Hall of Fame (Chuck Berry, James Brown, Ray Charles, Domino, Everly Bros, Buddy Holly, J L Lewis & Elvis Presley)

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley
Singer-songwriter Buddy Holly
Singer-songwriter
Buddy Holly
Singer James Brown
Singer
James Brown
  • 1987 Dow Jones rises 64 points then drops 110 points (44.15 pt loss)
  • 1987 Japan 1st exceeds military spending cap of 1% of GNP ($23 billion)

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

1988 45th Golden Globes: The Last Emperor, Michael Douglas, & Sally Kirkland win

  • 1988 Bob Benoit bowls 1st 300-pt game in a televised title match
  • 1989 Challenge to "who is a Jew" law filed in Israeli Supreme Court
  • 1989 NBA New Jersey Nets begin a 32+ game road losing streak
  • 1989 100s feared dead after a powerful earthquake strikes the Soviet Central Asian republic of Tajikistan
  • 1990 Dean Jones scores twin Test tons v Pakistan at Adelaide Oval
  • 1991 World's largest oil spill, caused by embattled Iraqi forces in Kuwait
  • 1992 "Visit" opens at Criterion Theater NYC for 45 performances

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

1993 50th Golden Globes: Scent of a Woman, Al Pacino, & Emma Thompson win

Actor Al Pacino
Actor
Al Pacino
  • 1993 Graham Gooch scores his 100th 100, on tour at Cuttack
  • 1993 Indian Airlines B737 crashes art Aurangabad, 61 die
  • 1993 NY Newsday reports Ore Sen Bob Packwood sexually harassed 23 women
  • 1993 US female Figure Skating championship won by Nancy Kerrigan
  • 1994 Bernie Kosar is 2nd QB to throw TD passes in AFC & NFC Champ games
  • 1994 Worldwide Day for peace in Bosnia-Hercegovina
  • 1994 AFC Championship Game: Buffalo Bills beat Kansas City Chiefs 30-13
  • 1994 NFC Championship Game: Dallas Cowboys beat San Francisco 49ers 38-21
  • 1996 Chris Cairns scores 120, 96 balls, 10x4, 9x6 in Test NZ v Zim
  • 1996 The first version of the Java programming language was released.

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1998 Pope John Paul II condemns US embargo against Cuba

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • 2000 AFC Championship Game: Tennessee Titans beat Jacksonville Jaguars 33-14
  • 2000 NFC Championship Game: St. Louis Rams beat Tampa Bay Buccaneers 11-6

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

2000 57th Golden Globes: American Beauty, Denzel Washington, & Hilary Swank win

  • 2001 The Chinese Communist Party stages a self-immolation in Tiananmen Square to frame Falun Gong and escalate the persecution.
  • 2002 Reporter Daniel Pearl was kidnapped in Karachi, Pakistan. He was subsequently murdered .
  • 2002 "American Taliban" John Walker Lindh returns to the United States in Federal Bureau of Investigation custody.
  • 2003 Final communication between Earth and Pioneer 10

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

2005 "Numbers", starring Rob Morrow and David Krumholtz, debuts on CBS