On This Day

On This Day in History for January 23 (Part 2)

Events in History


AgreementAgreement of Interest

1973 Shah of Iran Mohammad Reza Pahlavi announces that the 1954 operating agreement between a consortium of oil companies and Iran will not be renewed when it expires in 1979

Last Shah of Iran Mohammad Reza Pahlavi
Last Shah of Iran
Mohammad Reza Pahlavi
  • 1974 1st edition of women's magazine "Story"
  • 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
  • 1978 Belgian industrial Haron Empain kidnapped in Paris
  • 1978 Sweden becomes the first nation in the world to ban aerosol sprays, believed to be damaging to earth's ozone layer.
  • 1981 1st Richard Nixon museum opens in San Clemente California
  • 1981 Jochem Bird elected mayor of West Berlin
  • 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
  • 1983 Cerebral Palsy telethon raises $14.7 million
  • 1983 Russian radioactive satellite falls into Indian Ocean
  • 1983 Schone skates ladies world record 5 km (7:40.97)
  • 1986 Columbia returns to Kennedy Space Center via Davis-Monthan AFB
  • 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)
  • 1989 Challenge to "who is a Jew" law filed in Israeli Supreme Court
  • 1989 100s feared dead after a powerful earthquake strikes the Soviet Central Asian republic of Tajikistan
  • 1991 World's largest oil spill, caused by embattled Iraqi forces in Kuwait
  • 1991 Bagogwe Massacre of Tutsi in and around Ruhengeri, Northern Rwanda
  • 1993 Indian Airlines B737 crashes at Aurangabad, killing 61
  • 1993 NY Newsday reports Oregan Senator 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
  • 1996 Chris Cairns scores 120, 96 balls, 10x4, 9x6 in Test NZ v Zimbabwe
  • 1996 The first version of the Java programming language 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
  • 2001 The Chinese Communist Party stages a self-immolation in Tiananmen Square to frame Falun Gong and escalate the persecution.
  • 2002 Reporter Daniel Pearl kidnapped in Karachi, Pakistan, and 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 NASA space probe Pioneer 10
  • 2009 Dendermonde nursery attack occurred in Dendermonde, Belgium.
  • 2009 UK officially enters recession as GDP falls by 1.5% in the last quarter of 2008 following a 0.6% drop in the third quarter, with unemployment growing by 131,000 to 1.92 million (6.1%)
  • 2012 European Union agrees to embargo Iranian oil in protest against Iran's alleged nuclear weapons program

  • 2013 23 people are killed in a mosque suicide bombing in Tuz Khormato, Iraq
  • 2013 18 people are killed in a market shooting in Damboa, Nigeria
  • 2013 US armed forces overturns 1994 ban on women serving in combat

CrownRoyal Coronation

2015 Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud is crowned King of Saudi Arabia, on the death of this half-brother King Abdullah

King of Saudi Arabia Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
King of Saudi Arabia
Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
  • 2016 Category 5 blizzard delivers record 3ft of snow to the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast US, killing 55 and incurring estimated $500m - $3bn economic losses

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2016 8 museum workers from Egyptian Museum, Cairo referred for prosecution for reattaching Tutankhamun's beard with inappropriate glue

Pharoah of Egypt Tutankhamun
Pharoah of Egypt
Tutankhamun
  • 2016 Zika virus outbreak in Brazil prompts Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador and Jamaica to recommend women delay pregnancies for up to 2 years
  • 2017 Thunderstorms and tornadoes in Georgia and Mississippi leave at least 18 dead in the US
  • 2017 Most expensive house in the US worth $250 million goes on the market in Bel Air, Los Angeles
  • 2018 Twelve camels disqualified from the King Abdulaziz Camel beauty contest, Saudi Arabia after their owners used botox on their lips
  • 2018 Chinese researchers report they have cloned two monkeys, using the same technology as Dolly the Sheep

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2019 Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido declares himself acting President amid widespread violent protests against President Nicolas Maduro's regime

Venezuelan Politician Juan Guaidó
Venezuelan Politician
Juan Guaidó
President of Venezuela Nicolás Maduro
President of Venezuela
Nicolás Maduro

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2019 US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi disinvites President Donald Trump from making a State of the Union address in Congress citing government shutdown

US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi
US Speaker of the House
Nancy Pelosi
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • 2019 New record for most expensive US property, $238 million for penthouse condominium overlooking Central Park, NY, bought by hedge fund billionaire Ken Griffin
  • 2020 Voice of a 3,000 year old Egyptian priest recreated by scientists 3D printing his vocal tract published in "Scientific Reports"
  • 2020 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp marked by an international forum in Jerusalem, Israel
  • 3268 Beginning of 2nd Julian Period (1/1 OS)

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