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January 23 Historical Events

The following events took place on January 23. The list is arranged in chronological order.

Found 55 events. Showing 1 - 30.

  • 393
    Roman Emperor Theodosius I proclaims his eight-year-old son Honorius co-emperor.
  • 971
    In China, the war elephant corps of the Southern Han are soundly defeated at Shao by crossbow fire from Song dynasty troops.
  • 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 favour 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.
  • 1570
    James Stewart, 1st Earl of Moray, regent for the infant King James VI of Scotland, is assassinated by firearm, the first recorded instance of such.
  • 1571
    The Royal Exchange opens in London.
  • 1579
    The Union of Utrecht forms a Protestant republic in the Netherlands.
  • 1656
    Blaise Pascal publishes the first of his Lettres provinciales.
  • 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.
  • 1795
    After an extraordinary charge across the frozen Zuiderzee, the French cavalry captured 14 Dutch ships and 850 guns, in a rare occurrence of a battle between ships and cavalry
  • 1849
    Elizabeth Blackwell is awarded her M.D. by the Geneva Medical College of Geneva, New York, becoming the United States’ first female doctor.
  • 1855
    The 1855 Wairarapa earthquake and tsunami leaves nine dead in New Zealand.
  • 1855
    The first bridge over the Mississippi River opens in what is now Minneapolis, a crossing made today by the Hennepin Avenue Bridge.
  • 1870
    In Montana, U.S. cavalrymen kill 173 Native Americans, mostly women and children, in what becomes known as the Marias Massacre.
  • 1879
    Anglo-Zulu War: the Battle of Rorke’s Drift ends.
  • 1897
    Elva 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.
  • 1899
    The Malolos Constitution is inaugurated, establishing the First Philippine Republic.
  • 1899
    Emilio Aguinaldo is sworn in as President of the First Philippine Republic.
  • 1900
    Second Boer War: The Battle of Spion Kop between the forces of the South African Republic and the Orange Free State and British forces ends in a British defeat.
  • 1904
    Ålesund Fire: the Norwegian coastal town Ålesund is devastated by fire, leaving 10,000 people homeless and one person dead. Kaiser Wilhelm II funds the rebuilding of the town in Jugendstil style.
  • 1909
    RMS Republic, a passenger ship of the White Star Line, becomes the first ship to use the CQD distress signal after colliding with another ship, the SS Florida, off the Massachusetts coastline, an event that kills six people. The Republic sinks the next day.
  • 1912
    The International Opium Convention is signed at The Hague.
  • 1920
    The Netherlands refuses to surrender the exiled Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany to the Allies.
  • 1937
    In Moscow, 17 leading Communists go on trial accused of participating in a plot led by Leon Trotsky to overthrow Joseph Stalin’s regime and assassinate its leaders.
  • 1941
    Charles Lindbergh testifies before the U.S. Congress and recommends that the United States negotiate a neutrality pact with Adolf Hitler.
  • 1942
    World War II: The Battle of Rabaul begins, the first fighting of the New Guinea campaign.

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