October 23: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Did you know that on this day, October 23, 1998, Britney Spears released her first single, “...Baby One More Time”?

October 23rd is officially Snow Leopard Day and iPod Day.

We’re now on the 296th day of the year, and have 69 days left.

Hold on tight as you’re about to unearth the some interesting facts and events from October 23rd in history.

Did you know that on this day in 1998, Britney Spears released her first single, “…Baby One More Time”? The track was released when she was only sixteen years old.

Keep reading for more interesting facts about October 23rd in history!

What Events Happened On October 23 In History?

2018 The biographic drama movie “Bohemian Rhapsody,” about Freddie Mercury, premiered at Wembley Arena in London, UK.

2018 A 2,400-year-old shipwreck found in the Black Sea became the world’s oldest intact shipwreck ever discovered.

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The 75-foot vessel is thought to be ancient Greek and was discovered with its mast, rudders, and rowing benches all intact.

2018 The world’s longest over sea bridge opened in China.

The 34.2-mile bridge links the cities of Hong Kong and Macau to mainland China. The bridge reduced what was a four-hour journey, to just 45 minutes.

2015 English singer-songwriter Adele achieved the record of first song to get over 1 million downloads in a week with her third studio album “Hello.”

2012 The James Bond spy movie “Skyfall,” starring Daniel Craig, premiered at the Royal Albert Hall, London, UK.

2001 Apple’s iPod hit store shelves.

OTD in 2001: Apple's iPod hit store shelves.
The first-generation iPod enabled customers to store up to 1,000 songs on their small music MP3 player.

1998 Britney Spears very first single “Baby One More Time” was released.

1975 Elton John became the 1,662nd person to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

1958 The Smurfs were published for the first time in Spirou magazine in Belgium.

1941 Walt Disney’s animated Dumbo was released in New York City, New York, US.

1933 The bank robber John Dillinger and his gang robbed $75,000 from the Central National Bank in Greencastle, Indiana.

1915 More than 25,000 people marched down New York’s 5th Avenue in support of women’s suffrage.

OTD in 1915: More than 25
Led by Dr. Anna Shaw and Carrie Chapman Catt, founder of the League of Women Voters, it would be another 5 years before their success was found.

4004 BC God created the world, at least according to Archbishop James Ussher of Armagh.

In the 17th century, scientists weren't the only ones beginning to ponder the beginnings of the universe. Ussher, the head of the Anglican Church of Ireland at the time, attempted to calculate the dates of many important events described in the Old Testament. His calculations, which he published in 1650, were not that far off from many other estimates made at the time. Sir Isaac Newton, for example, believed that the world was created in the year 4000 BC.

Famous Quotes Said On October 23

Who said what today throughout history? Here are the most famous things people have said on October 23rd.


“The years between fifty and seventy are the hardest. You are always being asked to do more, and you are not yet decrepit enough to turn them down.”

– T. S. Eliot

Famous People Born On October 23

Is today is your birthday? If so, you share the same birthday with Ryan Reynolds. Here are a few other famous people born on this day.

1976 Ryan Reynolds

Canadian Actor

Ryan Reynolds
45 years old
Born In:
Vancouver, Canada

1986 Emilia Clarke

English Actress

Emilia Clarke
35 years old
Born In:
England, UK

Special Holidays On October 23

Are you looking for something to do today? Then why not find time today to celebrate the following special holidays.

October 23: National iPod Day

National iPod Day

October 23 Birthday Facts, Zodiac & Birthstone

Those of you who were born on this day share the Scorpio zodiac sign.

Scorpio is represented by the scorpion and is the eighth sign in the zodiac. Anyone born between October 23 and November 21 falls into this astrological sign.

If you were born in October, Pink Tourmaline is your assigned birthstone. Tourmaline gets its name from the Sinhalese (Sri Lankan) word “tourmali,” which means “mixed stones.”

If you were born on October 23rd, you were likely conceived on the week of January 30th in the same year.

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