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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 - 20.

  • 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.

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