January 23: Day of the Week
January 23, 2020 was the 23rd day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 343 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Thursday.
If you are trying to learn French then this day of the week in French is jeudi.
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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)
- 1546Having published nothing for eleven years, François Rabelais publishes the Tiers Livre, his sequel to Gargantua and Pantagruel.
- 1571The Royal Exchange opens in London.
- 1870In Montana, U.S. cavalrymen kill 173 Native Americans, mostly women and children, in the Marias Massacre.
- 1879Anglo-Zulu War: the Battle of Rorke’s Drift ends.
- 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.
- 1961The Portuguese luxury cruise ship Santa Maria is hijacked by foes of the Estado Novo regime with the intention of waging war until dictator António de Oliveira Salazar was overthrown.
- 1967Diplomatic relations between the Soviet Union and Ivory Coast are established.
- 2002Reporter Daniel Pearl is kidnapped in Karachi, Pakistan and subsequently murdered .
- 2003Final communication between Earth and Pioneer 10.
- 2031New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Metal Pig in Chinese astrology.
Who were born on January 23?
- 1857Andrija Mohorovičić, Croatian seismologist (d. 1936)
- 1898Freda Utley, British scholar and author (d. 1978)
- 1924Bal Thackeray, founder and president of Indian political party Shiv Sena
- 1927Lars-Eric Lindblad, Swedish-American entrepreneur and explorer (d. 1994)
- 1938Shohei Baba, Japanese professional wrestler (d. 1999)
- 1939Sonny Chiba, Japanese actor and martial artist
- 1951Chesley Sullenberger, Captain of US Airways Flight 1549, a flight that successfully ditched into the Hudson River
- 1953Robin Zander, American singer (Cheap Trick)
- 1964Mario Roberge, Canadian ice hockey player
- 1969Ariadna Gil, Spanish actress
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