September 23: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Did you know that on this day, September 23, 1994, "The Shawshank Redemption" by Frank Darabont was released in the US?

September 23rd is also known as Celebrate Bisexuality Day and Restless Legs Awareness Day.

We are now on day 266 out of 365, and only have 99 days left of the year.

If today means something to you, then you’ll want to discover all the historical events that happened on this day that’ll help to make your day even more special.

Did you know that on this day in 1994, “The Shawshank Redemption” by Frank Darabont was released in the US? Although it was nominated for seven Academy Awards, it didn’t win any of them.

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

What Events Happened On September 23 In History?

2018 A mud volcano near Baku in Azerbaijan erupted.

OTD in 2018: A mud volcano near Baku in Azerbaijan erupted.

Although there are roughly 1,000 mud volcanoes worldwide, around 40 percent are located around the coast of Azerbaijan.

2018 The Japanese Space Agency sent two robots to explore an asteroid aboard their Hayabusa-2 spacecraft.

2012 A study was published by the journal Nature saying that scientists had identified four distinct types of breast cancer.

This was a breakthrough discovery as it gave more precise information about the types of cancer and how they can be treated. It paved the way for new medicines and treatments to be invented.

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2012 Iran blocked access to Google and Gmail due to an anti-Islam movie that triggered protests worldwide.

2009 The American sitcom “Modern Family” premiered on ABC.

2007 After three years in development, Bungie finally released Halo 3 for the Xbox 360.

Microsoft marketed Halo 3 like crazy and even had Bill Gates at the launch event at a Best Buy in Bellevue, Washington, to hand out the first official copy. All that hard work paid off, as Halo 3 broke the record for the highest gross sales of a video game within 24 hours of release with $170 million.

2002 Version 0.1 of the standalone open-source Mozilla Firefox web browser was released.

1994 The American Drama movie “The Shawshank Redemption” by Frank Darabont was released in the US.

OTD in 1994: The American Drama movie "The Shawshank Redemption" by Frank Darabont was released in the US.

1979 Anti-nuclear protests in New York City, 200,000 showed up, including Jane Fonda.

1962 The Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts opened in New York City.

1930 Johannes Ostermeier patented the flashbulb for cameras.

1889 Fusajiro Yamauchi founded Nintendo in Japan.

OTD in 1889: Fusajiro Yamauchi founded Nintendo in Japan.

When Nintendo was founded, it was originally a card-playing game. We didn't see the first major console until 1985, when they released the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES).

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1879 Inventor Richard Rhodes received the patent for a hearing aid.

1780 British Major John André was captured and searched by three Westchester militiamen near Tarrytown, New York, USA.

André was carrying papers that contained American military officer Benedict Arnold's plot to betray West Point.

Famous Quotes Said On September 23

Here we have the most notable quotes that have been spoken throughout history on September 23rd.


“If we will be quiet and ready enough, we shall find compensation in every disappointment.”

– Henry David Thoreau

Famous People Born On September 23

Is today your birthday? If so, you share this special day with Bruce Springsteen! Check out more famous people born on this day below.

1978 Anthony Mackie

American Actor

Anthony Mackie
44 years old
Born In:
Louisiana, USA

1949 Bruce Springsteen

American Singer

Bruce Springsteen
73 years old
Born In:
New Jersey, USA

1987 Skylar Astin

American Actor

Skylar Astin
35 years old
Born In:
New York, USA

1985 Hasan Minhaj

American Comedian

Hasan Minhaj
37 years old
Born In:
California, USA

Famous People Who Died On This Day

1856 - 1939 Sigmund Freud

Sigmund Freud

Sigmund Freud was an Austrian neurologist born on May 6, 1856. He died on this day in 1939, at age 83 in Hampstead, London, England, UK.

Special Holidays On September 23

Are you looking for something to do today? Well, here’s a few special days that might just give you some ideas.

September 23: Celebrate Bisexuality Day

Celebrate Bisexuality Day

The world is finally becoming a safer place for LGBTQ+ folks, but we still have a way to come. Bisexual people, for example, rarely get the recognition they deserve. So if you’re bisexual, celebrate it with pride today! For everyone else, we just as that you be supportive!

September 23: Restless Legs Awareness Day

Restless Legs Awareness Day

Today we raise awareness of an infuriating medical condition that people often claim isn’t real: restless legs syndrome (RLS). Those with RLS go nights without sleep, as their legs just won’t stop twitching. So take today as a reminder to be extra kind to people with RLS.

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Fun Fact Of The Day

Gasping for air in a high altitude environment, plus UV light reflecting off snow, will cause the roof of your mouth to get sunburnt.

September 23 Birthday Facts, Zodiac & Birthstone

People who were born on this day share the Libra star sign.

Libra is represented by the scales and is the seventh sign in the zodiac. Anyone born between September 23 and October 22 falls into this astrological sign.

If you were born in September, Sapphire is your assigned birthstone. The name sapphire comes from the Latin word “saphirus” and the Greek “sapheiros,” which both mean “blue.”

People born on this day were likely conceived on New Year’s Eve, the previous year.

Babies conceived on September 23, 2023, will be due around June 16, 2024.

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