January 23 Events in History - January 23 Birthdays - January 23 Deaths
2015 King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al Saud of Saudi Arabia dies at age 90 after hospitalization for pneumonia three weeks earlier; he has been succeeded by his half brother Salman of Saudi Arabia
2014 Western Nghe An, Vietnam, records its first snowfall
2014 Celebrity and pop singer Justin Bieber makes headlines when he is arrested for drunk driving, street racing and resisting arrest
2013 Davos, Switzerland hosts its 2013 World Economic Forum
2013 Britain's Prime Minister, David Cameron, lays out his intention to renegotiate terms with the EU, and subsequent plan to offer a referendum on his country's withdrawal from the EU if a new deal is agreed
2012 Responding to Iran's nuclear program, more sanctions are imposed upon Iran's banking and oil industries by the European Union
2011 Google awards its outgoing CEO Eric Schmidt $100 million
2011 Pakistan's President, Asif Ali Zardari, launched an emergency polio immunization programme targeting 32 million children under age 5
2010 Six Venezuelan cable television channels are taken off the air by the Venezuelan government after refusing to transmit government messages
2006 Stephen Harper, wins the election in Canada and is the first conservative Prime Minister in 12 years
1998 Pope John Paul II condemns U.S. embargo against Cuba
1996 Chris Cairns scores 120, 96 balls, 10x4, 9x6 in Test New Zealand vs. Zim
1994 Bernie Kosar is 2nd quarterback to throw TD passes in AFC and NFC Champ games
1994 Worldwide Day for peace in Bosnia-Hercegovina
1993 50th Golden Globes: Scent of a Woman, wins
1993 Graham Gooch scores his 100th 100, on tour at Cuttack
1993 Indian Airlines B737 crashes art Aurangabad, 61 die
1993 New York Newsday reports Oregon Senator Bob Packwood sexually harassed 23 women
1993 U.S. Female Figure Skating championship won by Nancy Kerrigan
1992 "Visit" opens at Criterion Theater New York City for 45 performances
1991 Seinfeld debuts on NBC-TV
1991 World's largest oil spill, caused by embattled Iraqi forces in Kuwait
1990 Dean Jones scores twin Test tons vs. Pakistan at Adelaide Oval
1989 Challenge to "who is a Jew" law filed in Israeli Supreme Court
1989 NBA New Jersey Nets begin a 32+ game road losing streak
1988 45th Golden Globes: Last Emperor, Sally Kirkland, Michael Douglas
1988 62nd Australian Womens Tennis: Steffi Graf beats Chris Evert (61 76)
1988 Bob Benoit bowls 1st 300-pt game in a televised title match
1988 Experimental airplane Voyager, piloted by Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager, complete 1st nonstop, round-the-world flight without refueling lands
1987 Dow Jones rises 64 points then drops 110 points (44.15 pt loss)
1987 Japan 1st exceeds military spending cap of 1% of GNP ($23 billion)
1986 "Jerome Kern Goes to Hollywood" opens at Ritz Theater New York City for 13 performances
1986 Columbia returns to Kennedy Space Center via Davis-Monthan AFB
1986 1st induction of Rock 'N' Roll Hall of Fame (Chuck Berry, James Brown, Ray Charles, Domino, Everly Bros, B Holly, J L Lewis and Elvis Presley)
1985 Britains House of Lords debate 1st televised
1984 Buffalo Sabres win NHL record 10th straight road game
1984 Greatest unpaced 1-hour bicycle distance, F Moser (Italy), 51.15 km
1984 Hulk Hogan defeats Iron Sheik to become WWF champ
1983 "A-Team" with Mr. T premieres on NBC
1983 Bjorn Borg announces his retirement from tennis
1983 Cerebral Palsy telethon raises $14,700,000
1983 In NBA, Portland scores all 17 pts in overtime to beat Houston 113-96
1983 Russian radioactive satellite falls into Indian Ocean
1983 Schone skates ladies world record 5 km (7:40.97)
1982 Urbe Blanca (cow) produces record 110 kg of milk, Cuba (approx date)
1982 World Airways DC-10 skids at Boston Logan Airport killing 2
1981 1st Richard Nixon museum opens in San Clemente, California
1981 Jochem Bird elected mayor of West Berlin
1981 Mike Bossy becomes 1st in NHL to score 50 goals in 50 games
1981 Red Sox trade Fred Lynn to Angels for Frank Tanana and Joe Rudi
1979 Willie Mays elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
1978 Belgian industrial Haron Empain kidnapped in Paris
1978 NFL Pro Bowl: NFC beats AFC 14-13
1977 $1.5-million Serge Lepage dress exhibited, Paris
1977 Miniseries "Roots" premieres on ABC
1976 Ian Redpath hits his only 2 sixes in Cricket Tests, vs. WI Adelaide
1976 Washington Caps end 25 game winless streak (0-22-3) beat New York Rangers 7-5
1975 "Barney Miller" premieres on ABC TV
1975 Ralph Kiner elected to baseball's Hall of Fame
1974 1st edition of women's magazine "Story"
1973 23rd NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 104-84 at Chicago
1973 Helgafell, island of Heimaey Iceland erupts for 1st time in 7,000 yrs
1973 Jordan Air crash at Kano, Nigeria kills 176 Moslem pilgrims
1973 President Nixon announces an accord has been reached to end Vietnam War
1972 2nd AFC-NFC pro bowl, AFC wins 26-13
1972 Ard Schenk becomes European all-round skating champ
1972 Bootlegger sells wood alcohol to wedding party-100 die-New Delhi
1972 Entire population of Istanbul under 24 hour house arrest
1972 NFL Pro Bowl: AFC beats NFC 26-13
1971 -80 degrees F (-62 degrees C) in Prospect Creek Camp, Alaska (U.S. record)
1971 4th ABA All-Star Game: East 126 beats West 122 at Carolina
1971 UCLA loses to Notre Dame, UCLA then wins next 88 games in a row
1970 Australia's 1st amateur radio satellite (Oscar 5) launched (Calif)
1970 Dolle Mina's burns her bra in Amsterdam
1970 U.S. launches 2nd generation weather satellite, ITOS 1
1970 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1969 Cream releases their last album "Goodbye"
1968 Joe Medwick elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
1968 Spy ship USS Pueblo and 83-man crew seized in Sea of Japan by N Korea
1967 Stan Musial is named General Manager of Cards
1965 "King Family Show" (musical variety) premieres on ABC TV
1965 BPAA All-Star Tournament won by Dick Weber
1965 Boston Celtic center Bill Russell misses all 14 shots in loss to Philadelphia Warriors led by Wilt Chamberlain
1964 24th Amendment ratified, barring poll tax in federal elections
1964 Arthur Miller's "After the Fall," premieres in New York City
1962 Bob Feller and Jackie Robinson elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
1962 British spy Kim Philby defects to U.S.S.R.
1962 Libya, Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia plan to form United Arab Maghreb
1961 Supreme Court rules cities and states have right to censor films
1961 Venezuela adopts constitution
1960 Bathosphere "Trieste" reach bottom of Pacific (10,900 m)
1958 "Body Beautiful" opens at Broadway Theater New York City for 60 performances
1958 Dictator Marcos Perez Jimenez flees Venezuela, Larrazabal takes power
1958 Hanif Mohammad completes 337 in 970 minutes vs. West Indies
1955 Babe Didrikson Zaharias wins LPGA Tampa Golf Open
1955 KORK (now KVBC) TV channel 3 in Las Vegas, NV (NBC) 1st broadcast
1954 Harry van Thorn chosen chairman of Dutch KVP
1954 Longest undefeated streak in Toronto Maple Leaf history (18 games)
1953 Bobby Simpson makes 1st-class debut for NSW 16 years 357 days
1953 NFL Dallas Texans become Baltimore Colts (now Indianapolis Colts)
1953 NFL's National and American conference become Eastern and Western conf
1951 3rd Emmy Awards: Alan Young Show, Alan Young and Gertrude Berg
1950 3rd edition of Joseph Kane's Famous 1st Facts published
1950 AP picks "Miracle Braves" of 1914 as greatest sports upset
1950 Israeli Knesset resolves Jerusalem is capital of Israel
1950 NFL rule changes open way for 2-platoon system (offense and defense)
1950 Rebel army of cap Raymond Westerner occupies Bandung
1948 Bradman scores 201 in 272 minutes vs. India, 21 fours 1 six
1948 Huston's "Treasure of Sierra Madre" starring Humphrey Bogart opens
1948 Test debut of Neil Harvey, vs. India at Adelaide
1946 Rear Admiral Sidney W Souers, USNR, becomes 1st director of CIA
1945 Dutch Premier Gerbrandy, exiled in London, offers his resignation
1944 Arnold Schoenberg's "Ode to Napoleon," premieres in New York City
1944 Detroit Red Wings score 15 goals against New York Rangers and NHL record 37 points, also most consecutive goals and most lopsided game 15-0
1943 66.34 cm (26.12"), Hoegees Camp, California (state record)
1943 British 8th army marches into Tripoli
1943 Detroit Red Wings scores NHL record 8 goals in 1 period
1943 Japanese Mount Austen on Guadalcanal captured
1942 Japanese troops occupy Rabaul New Britain
1942 Tank battle at Adzjedabia, African corps vs British army
1941 Ground breaking for NACA (now NASA) Lewis Research Center
1941 WOR-AM in Newark New Jersey moves to New York City
1940 Pianist Ignaz Paderewski becomes premier of Polish government in exile
1937 Karl Radek and 16 others go on trial in Stalin's great purge
1936 Catholic People's Party (KVP) of Curacao forms
1933 20th amendment changes date of presidential inaugurations to 1/20
1932 El Salvador army kills 4,000 protesting farmers
1930 Clyde Tombaugh photographs planet Pluto
1930 George Washington Birthplace National Monument, Virginia established
1930 WIS-AM (now WOMG) in Columbia South Carolina begins radio transmissions
1928 "Abenteuer of brave Soldier Schwejk" premieres in Berlin
1926 Eugene O'Neill's "Great God Brown," premieres in New York City
1924 Ramsey MacDonald forms 1st Labour government in Britain
1923 Taxi strike in Amsterdam begins (through March 9th)
1920 Dutch refuse to turn over ex-kaiser Wilhelm I of Germany to allies
1916 Temp falls from 44 degrees F (7 degrees C) to -56 degrees F (49 degrees C) night of 23-24, Browning, Montana
1909 1st radio rescue at sea
1908 U.S. and Great Britain demand end of abuses in Congo
1907 Charles Curtis of Kansas becomes 1st Native American U.S. senator
1902 Winnipeg Victorias sweep Toronto Wellingtons in 2 for Stanley Cup
1897 Start of Sherlock Holmes "Adventure of Abbey Grange"
1896 Edward Macdowell's 2nd Suite in E, premieres
1894 G W Bunbury of Dublin sets shorthand record of 250 wpm for 10 min
1889 Dr. Daniel Hale Williams forms Provident Hospital in Chicago
1879 National Archery Association forms (Crawfordsville Ind)
1870 173 Blackfoot (140 women and children) killed in Montana by U.S. Army
1862 Agoston Haraszthy, 1st vintner in Sonoma Valley, imports 10,000
1856 Steamer Pacific lost
1849 Mrs Elizabeth Blackwell becomes 1st woman physician in US
1849 Patent granted for an envelope-making machine
1845 Uniform U.S. election day for president and Vice President authorized
1833 Joseph Pease, a Quaker, admitted to Parliament on his affirmation
1812 7.8 earthquake shakes New Madrid, Missouri
1796 Armand-Gaston Camus becomes chairman of Council of 500
1793 2nd partition of Poland, between Prussia and Russia
1793 Humane Society of Philadelphia (1st aid society) organized
1789 Georgetown, 1st U.S. Catholic college, founded
1779 Charles Messier catalogs M56 (globular cluster in Lyra)
1723 Georg Friedrich Handel's opera "Ottone," premieres in London
1719 Principality of Liechtenstein created within Holy Roman Empire
1668 England, Netherlands and Sweden signs Triple Alliance against French
1663 King Louis XIV affirms covenant with Ronstaten
1647 Scottish Presbyterians sell captured Charles I to English parliament
1643 Sir Thomas Fairfax takes Leeds for Parliamentarians
1637 Dutch governor Johan Mauritius lands in Pernambuco Brazil
1631 France and Sweden sign anti-German Treaty of Barwald
1579 Union of Utrecht signed, forming protestant Dutch Republic
1571 Queen Elizabeth I opens Royal Exchange in London
1570 Earl of Moray, regent of Scotland, assassinated; civil war breaks out
1556 Most deadly earthquake kills 830,000 in Shensi Province, China
1552 2nd version of Book of Common Prayer becomes manditory in England
1492 "Pentateuch" (Jewish holy book) 1st printed
1490 1st printing of Ramban's Sha'ar ha-Gemul
1265 1st English Parliament formally convened (some authorities)
638 Start of Islamic calendar