2021 January

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 2021. There are 342 days left until next year.

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

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 facts about January 23rd in history!

What Happened On January 23 In History?

2018

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.
Source BBC
2016

A category 5 blizzard occurred in the Mid-Atlantic and North East US which covered the area in 3 ft of snow.

OTD in 2016: A category 5 blizzard occurred in the Mid-Atlantic and North East US which covered the area in 3 ft of snow.
The historic event killed 55 people and caused around $850 million economic damage according to Planalytics.
2009

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

1996

The programming language “Java” was released.

1983

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

1971

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

1937

Seventeen people went on trial in the second Moscow Trials.

Many were sent to death for their crimes in the Great Purge.
1909

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

The incident involved "Republic" and "Florida" - two sea vessels which collided causing the Republic to eventually sink.
1859

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

OTD in 1859: Hawaii was shaken by eruption of the Mauna Loa volcano that lasted 300 days and destroyed a coastal village.
Source USGS
1571

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

1556

The most deadly earthquake in history was recorded was in China in the province of Shaanxi.

The powerful earthquake killed around 830,000 people.