January 23: Day of the Week
January 23, 2019 was the 23rd day of the year 2019 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 342 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Wednesday.
If you are trying to learn Japanese then this day of the week in Japanese is Suiyōbi.
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Here’s the January calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.
Zodiac & Birthstone
Aquarius is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Garnet is the modern birthstone for this month. Emerald is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.
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January 23 Historical Event(s)
- 1368In a coronation ceremony, Zhu Yuanzhang ascends to the throne of China as the Hongwu Emperor, initiating Ming Dynasty rule over China that would last for three centuries.
- 1533Anne Boleyn, second wife of Henry VIII of England, discovers herself pregnant.
- 1556The deadliest earthquake in history, the Shaanxi earthquake, hits Shaanxi province, China. The death toll may have been as high as 830,000.
- 1855The first bridge over the Mississippi River opens in what is now Minneapolis, Minnesota, a crossing made today by the Father Louis Hennepin Bridge.
- 1897Elva Zona Heaster is found dead in Greenbrier County, West Virginia. The resulting murder trial of her husband is perhaps the only case in United States history where the alleged testimony of a ghost helped secure a conviction.
- 1917New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Fire Snake in Chinese astrology.
- 1942World War II: The Battle of Rabaul begins, the first fighting of the New Guinea campaign.
- 1943Duke Ellington plays at Carnegie Hall in New York City for the first time.
- 1973A volcanic eruption devastates Heimaey in the Vestmannaeyjar chain of islands off the south coast of Iceland.
- 2002Reporter Daniel Pearl is kidnapped in Karachi, Pakistan and subsequently murdered .
Who were born on January 23?
- 1897Sir William Samuel Stephenson, Canadian soldier, W.W.II codename, Intrepid. Inspiration for James Bond. (d. 1989)
- 1900William Ifor Jones, Welsh conductor and organist (d. 1988)
- 1927Jack Quinlan, Chicago Cubs Broadcaster (d. 1965)
- 1938Georg Baselitz, German painter and sculptor
- 1950John Greaves, English musician (Henry Cow, National Health)
- 1952Omar Henry, South African cricketer
- 1953Robin Zander, American singer (Cheap Trick)
- 1961Mas Selamat bin Kastari, Singapore’s most-wanted terror fugitive
- 1964Mario Roberge, Canadian ice hockey player
- 1971Marc Nelson, American R&B singer and lyricist
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