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.

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 interesting 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.
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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.

OTD in 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.

1957

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

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.
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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.

January 23 Birthday Facts, Zodiac & Birthstone

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.

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.

Famous People Born On January 23

XXXTentacion

XXXTentacion

American Rapper
Birthday: January 23, 1998
Died On: Jun 18, 2018 (Age 20)
Born In: Florida, USA
Michael Stevens

Michael Stevens

American Educator
Birthday: January 23, 1986
Age: 35 years old
Born In: Missouri, USA
Mariska Hargitay

Mariska Hargitay

American Actress
Birthday: January 23, 1964
Age: 57 years old
Born In: California, USA
John Hancock

John Hancock

American Politician
Birthday: January 23, 1737
Died On: Oct 8, 1793 (Age 56)
Born In: Massachusetts, USA

Did you know that on this day, January 23rd 1909, a Morse code distress call was made, which led to the first radio sea rescue?