January 23: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on January 23



January 23rd celebrates Handwriting Day and Measure Your Feet Day.

We are now on the twenty third day of the year, congratulations for making it this far into 2024. There are 343 days remaining in 2024.

We’re happy to inform you that today you’ve made it through the first two million seconds of the year!

If January 23 is a special day for you or your loved ones, then you’ll want to know all you can about things that happened on this day. We’ve put together some facts and events you won’t want to miss.

Did you know that on this day in 1909, a Morse code distress call was made, which led to the first radio sea rescue? The code read “CQD”, meaning “Come Quick Danger”.

Keep reading for more fun & interesting facts about January 23rd in history!


What memorable events happened on January 23 in history? Keep reading to find out!


Twelve camels found to have Botox in their lips were disqualified from a Camel Beauty Contest.

The King Abdulaziz Camel Beauty Contest is in Saudi Arabia, and camels are judged on how beautiful their lips and humps are.


A category five blizzard occurred in the Mid-Atlantic and North East US, which covered the area in 3 feet of snow.

OTD in 2016: A category five blizzard occurred in the Mid-Atlantic and North East US

The historic event killed 55 people and caused around $850 million economic damage, according to Planalytics.


Adrian Hidalgo set the world record for spinning a diabolo around his leg 117 times in 1 minute.


The last signal from the Pioneer 10 space probe was received.

The Pioneer 10 space probe launched from Cape Canaveral on March 3, 1972, on a mission to Jupiter. After becoming the first spacecraft to complete a mission to Jupiter, it used the planet’s gravitational field to slingshot out of the solar system, becoming one of the first five artificial objects to go beyond the solar system’s edge. Communication with the probe was ultimately lost due to a loss of power to the radio transmitter. Pioneer 10 was already 7.46 billion miles (12 billion km) from Earth by this point.


The programming language “Java” was released.


American action-adventure series “A-Team” first aired on NBC.

OTD in 1983: American action-adventure series "A-Team" first aired on NBC.


Prospect Creek Camp in Alaska recorded -80°F, making it the coldest temperature recorded in US history.


Walter Frederick Morrison sold the rights to the Pluto Platter to Wham-O, who soon changed the toy’s name to “Frisbee.”


Seventeen people went on trial in the second Moscow Trials.

OTD in 1937: Seventeen people went on trial in the second Moscow Trials.

Many were sent to death for their crimes in the Great Purge.


A Morse code distress call was made at sea, which led to the first radio sea rescue.

The incident involved “Republic” and “Florida” – two sea vessels that collided, causing the Republic to eventually sink.


US cavalrymen massacred 200 Piegan Blackfeet in the Marias Massacre.

The 200 Native Americans were almost all women, children, or elders and were meant to be under the protection of the US government.


Hawaii was shaken by an eruption of the Mauna Loa volcano that lasted 300 days and destroyed a coastal village.

OTD in 1859: Hawaii was shaken by an eruption of the Mauna Loa volcano that lasted 300 days and destroyed a coastal village.


The Royal Exchange in London was opened by Queen Elizabeth I.


The most deadly earthquake in history was recorded in China in Shaanxi’s province.

The powerful earthquake killed around 830,000 people.

Famous Births

Are you celebrating your birthday today? If so, did you know that you share the same birthday as John Hancock? See what other famous people were born on this day.






Died On:

Jun 18, 2018 (Age 20)

Born In:

Florida, USA


Michael Stevens



Michael Stevens


38 years old

Born In:

Missouri, USA


Mariska Hargitay



Mariska Hargitay


60 years old

Born In:

California, USA


John Hancock



John Hancock

Died On:

Oct 8, 1793 (Age 56)

Born In:

Massachusetts, USA

Famous Deaths

Unfortunately, January 23rd has also been a day where we’ve had to say some goodbyes over the years…



Salvador Dalí



Salvador Dalí



Salvador Dalí

Salvador Dalí was a Spanish artist born on May 11, 1904. He died on this day in 1989, at age 84 in Figueres, Girona, Catalonia, Spain.

Died On:

Jan 23, 1989 (Age 84)

Died In:

Catalonia, Spain

Special Holidays

If you’re looking for something to do today, maybe these special holidays might just help to cure your boredom!

January 23: National Handwriting Day
United States

National Handwriting Day

From love letters to poems or notes, some things are just better when written with ink. So handwriting Day is all about ditching your keyboards and pulling out your favorite pens to write down something meaningful.

January 23: Measure Your Feet Day
United States

Measure Your Feet Day

Your feet are likely an essential part of your body, so today is all about paying them some attention for once! Have you been experiencing any foot pain recently? Then today, you should measure your feet and make sure you have a perfectly fitting shoe!

THe Fact Site’s

Fun Fact Of The Day

Only primates, humans, and opossums have opposable thumbs. Out of these, the opossum is the only one with no thumbnail.

Birthday & Zodiac

Everyone who was born on January 23 shares the star sign of Aquarius.

Aquarius is the eleventh zodiac sign and is symbolized by the Water Bearer, a symbol of the Gods bringing essential nutrients to Earth.

People born in January all have the Garnet birthstone. The garnet is undoubtedly a gift to the wearer as it brings them love, friendships, loyalty, health, and luck.

People born on this day were likely conceived on or around May 2 in the previous year.

Babies conceived on January 23, 2024, will likely be born around October 16, 2024.

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