HISTORY OF 23 JANUARY

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Todays History

  • 1264 – In the conflict between King Henry III of England and his rebellious barons led by Simon de Montfort, King Louis IX of France issues the Mise of Amiens, a one-sided decision in favor of Henry that later leads to the Second Barons’ War.
  • 1368 – In a coronation ceremony, Zhu Yuanzhang ascends the throne of China as the Hongwu Emperor, initiating Ming dynasty rule over China that would last for three centuries
  • 1546 – Having published nothing for eleven years, François Rabelais publishes the Tiers Livre, his sequel to Gargantua and Pantagruel.
  • 1556 – The deadliest earthquake in history, the Shaanxi earthquake, hits Shaanxi province, China. The death toll may have been as high as 830,000
  • 1571 – The Royal Exchange opens in London.
  • 1579 – The Union of Utrecht forms a Protestant republic in the Netherlands.
  • 1719 – The Principality of Liechtenstein is created within the Holy Roman Empire.
  • 1789 – Georgetown College, the first Catholic university in the United States, is founded in Georgetown, Maryland (now a part of Washington, D.C.)
  • 1793 – Second Partition of Poland.
  • 1967 – Diplomatic relations between the Soviet Union and Ivory Coast are established.
  • 1967 – Milton Keynes (England) is founded as a new town by Order in Council, with a planning brief to become a city of 250,000 people.
  • 1973 – United States President Richard Nixon announces that a peace accord has been reached in Vietnam.
  • 1986 – The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducts its first members: Little Richard, Chuck Berry, James Brown, Ray Charles, Sam Cooke, Fats Domino, The Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Elvis Presley.
  • 1997 – Madeleine Albright becomes the first woman to serve as United States Secretary of State.
  • 1998 – Netscape announced Mozilla, with the intention to release Communicator code as open source.
  • 2001 – Five people attempt to set themselves on fire in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square, an act that many people later claim is staged by the Communist Party of China to frame Falun Gong and thus escalate their persecution.
  • 2002 – U.S. journalist Daniel Pearl is kidnapped in Karachi, Pakistan and subsequently murdered.
  • 2003 – A very weak signal from Pioneer 10 is detected for the last time, but no user data can be extracted.
  • 2018 – Earthquake occurs in the Gulf of Alaska. It is tied as the sixth-largest earthquake ever recorded in the United States, but there are no reports of significant damage or fatalities.
  • 2018 – A double car bombing in Benghazi, Libya, kills at least 33 people and wounds “dozens” of others. The victims include both military personnel and civilians, according to local officials. 

Celebrating Birthday’s Today

  • 1984 – Arjen Robben, Dutch footballer
  • 1985 – Dong Fangzhuo, Chinese footballer
  • 1985 – Doutzen Kroes, Dutch model, and actress
  • 1985 – Yevgeny Lukyanenko, Russian pole vaulter
  • 1985 – Aselefech Mergia, Ethiopian runner
  • 1985 – Jeff Samardzija, American baseball player
  • 1985 – San E, South Korean rapper
  • 1986 – Gelete Burka, Ethiopian runner
  • 1986 – Marc Laird, Scottish footballer
  • 1986 – José Enrique, Spanish footballer
  • 1986 – Michael Stevens, American YouTuber, and educator
  • 1986 – Steven Taylor, English footballer
  • 1986 – Sandro Viletta, Swiss skier
  • 1987 – Leo Komarov, Finnish ice hockey player
  • 1987 – Keerti Nagpure, Hindi TV actress
  • 1988 – Shaun Kenny-Dowall, Australian-New Zealand rugby league player
  • 1990 – Şener Özbayraklı, Turkish footballer
  • 1990 – Alex Silva, Canadian wrestler
  • 1990 – Martyn Waghorn, English footballer
  • 1992 – Reina Triendl, Japanese model and actress
  • 1994 – Addison Russell, American baseball player
  • 1995 – Luke Bateman, Australian rugby league player
  • 1995 – Tuimoala Lolohea, New Zealand rugby league player
  • 1998 – XXXTentacion, American rapper (d. 2018)

 

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