October 23: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on October 23



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

We’re now on the 297th day of the year, and have 69 days remaining in 2024.

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 fun & interesting facts about October 23rd in history!


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


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


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 considered ancient Greek and was discovered with its mast, rudders, and rowing benches all intact.


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.


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


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


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.


Britney Spears’s first single, “Baby One More Time,” was released.


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


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


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


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


More than 25,000 people marched down New York’s 5th Avenue supporting 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 five years before their success was found.


The first major battle of the First English Civil War began near Edge Hill, Warwickshire.

The Battle of Edgehill was a pitched battle between the forces of King Charles and the English Parliament. Neither side gained any decisive advantage, with both sustaining heavy losses.

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 starting 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 4000 BC.

Famous Births

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


Ryan Reynolds



Ryan Reynolds


47 years old

Born In:

British Columbia, Canada


Emilia Clarke



Emilia Clarke


37 years old

Born In:

England, UK


Amandla Stenberg



Amandla Stenberg


25 years old

Born In:

California, USA


Weird Al’ Yankovic



Weird Al' Yankovic


64 years old

Born In:

California, USA


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


My purpose is to really have fun, live my life and do as much as I can while I have this fabulous, gorgeous body.



American Drag Queen


I mean we all fly. Once you leave the ground, you fly. Some people fly longer than others.

Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan

American Basketball Player


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

American Poet

Special Holidays

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
United States

National iPod Day

On October 23, 2001, Steve Jobs introduced the world to the first iPod and forever changed how we listen to music. So if you’ve still got an old iPod lying around in the back of a cupboard somewhere, why not unearth it today and see if it still has your old songs on it?

October 23: International Snow Leopard Day
United States

International Snow Leopard Day

Snow Leopards are one of the world’s most majestic animals but are close to extinction. With so few left alive, it’s more important than ever to do what we can to help preserve them. So read up on them today and donate to a conservation charity before it’s too late!

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Fun Fact Of The Day

Sea Cucumbers eject their organs while fighting in order to repel their opponents before growing them back within a few days.

Birthday & Zodiac

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.

The due date for babies conceived on October 23, 2024, is around July 16, 2025.

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