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.
- 1510Henry VIII of England, then 18 years old, appears incognito in the lists at Richmond, and is applauded for his jousting before he reveals his identity.
- 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.
- 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.
- 1900The Battle of Spion Kop between the forces of the South African Republic and the Orange Free State and British forces during the Second Boer War resulted in a British defeat.
- 1943World War II: The Battle of Mount Austen, the Galloping Horse, and the Sea Horse on Guadalcanal during the Guadalcanal campaign ends.
- 1945World War II: Karl Dönitz launches Operation Hannibal.
- 1960The bathyscaphe USS Trieste breaks a depth record by descending to 10,911 m (35,798 feet) in the Pacific Ocean.
- 2031New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Metal Pig in Chinese astrology.
Who were born on January 23?
- 1783Stendhal, French writer (d. 1842)
- 1897Subhas Chandra Bose, Indian independence fighter (d. 1945)
- 1900William Ifor Jones, Welsh conductor and organist (d. 1988)
- 1903Jorge Eliécer Gaitán, Colombian politician (d. 1948)
- 1924Bal Thackeray, founder and president of Indian political party Shiv Sena
- 1929Patriarch Filaret (Mykhailo Denysenko) of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Kiev Patriarch
- 1933Chita Rivera, Puerto Rican actress and dancer
- 1971Adam Parore, New Zealand wicketkeeper (cricket)
- 1971Kevin Mawae, American football player
- 1972Lisa Snowdon, British model and TV presenter
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