27 fun facts for January, 23

Discover dozens of fun facts for this special day. Read the summary for a quick recap on what happened.
January 23rd is filled with fun facts and significant events, from the birth of Elizabeth Blackwell, the first female doctor in the United States, to the establishment of International Holocaust Remembrance Day. A mix of science, sports, and entertainment highlights this day in history, showcasing humanity's diverse achievements and commemorations.
27 Fun facts
  1. On January 23, 1556, the deadliest earthquake in history occurred in China's Shaanxi Province, causing an estimated 830,000 deaths. The magnitude of the quake was approximately 8.0 on the Richter scale.
  2. Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman to obtain a medical degree in the United States, was born on January 23, 1821. She was a pioneer for women's education and gender equality in the medical field and later established a women's medical college.
  3. The Dutch East India Company seized the Bandanese Island of Run, Indonesia, on January 23, 1664. As a result, they monopolized the global trade of nutmeg, which had significant economic value during the spice trade era.
  4. On January 23, 1845, Congress established the United States Revenue Cutter Service, which would later become the US Coast Guard. The service's mission was to protect the nation's maritime interests, enforce tariffs, and aid in maritime safety.
  5. The first newspaper comic strip, "The Yellow Kid," was published on January 23, 1895. Created by Richard F. Outcault, the comic strip became increasingly popular and began a new form of entertainment that remains today.
  6. The International Holocaust Remembrance Day was designated on January 23, 2005, by the United Nations. The day is used to remember and honor the victims of the Holocaust and educate others about its atrocities.
  7. The 23rd of January is National Pie Day in the United States. This unofficial holiday was created by the American Pie Council in 1986 to celebrate the history and creation of the classic American dessert.
  8. January 23, 1950, marks the birth of Luis Alberto Spinetta, an Argentine musician and composer, often recognized as the father of Argentine rock. He had a major influence on the Latin American music scene through his extensive career.
  9. On January 23, 1960, the Swiss oceanographer Jacques Piccard and U.S. Navy Lieutenant Don Walsh reached the deepest part of the ocean in the Trieste submersible. They reached the Mariana Trench's Challenger Deep, more than 35,000 feet below the surface.
  10. January 23, 2022, is celebrated as International Day of Education, according to the United Nations. This day promotes the importance of education and highlights the need for access to quality education for people worldwide.
  11. American inventor Charles Curtis received a patent for a dental crown made of porcelain on January 23, 1880. This invention revolutionized dentistry by introducing a more aesthetically pleasing solution for dental work.
  12. Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, an influential leader in the Indian independence movement, was born on January 23, 1897. He fought for India's independence from British rule and is remembered for his inspiring speeches and leadership.
  13. The first Frisbee golf tournament took place in Pasadena, California, on January 23, 1977, further popularizing the sport. Frisbee golf, also known as disc golf, involves throwing a Frisbee-like disc toward a target.
  14. On January 23, 1930, the first All-Star Game for professional ice hockey was played, featuring the top players from the National Hockey League. The game was a fundraiser to benefit injured player Ace Bailey.
  15. The first X Games, a multi-sport event focusing on extreme and adventure sports, was held in the United States from January 23 to 31, 1997. Created by ESPN, the games have inspired a new generation of action sports athletes.
  16. On January 23, 1961, the first demonstrations of a new technology called "time-sharing" were held at MIT. This system allowed for multiple users to share computer processing power simultaneously, paving the way for modern computing.
  17. Soviet cosmonaut Georgy Timofeyevich Beregovoy was born on January 23, 1921. He piloted the Soyuz 3 spacecraft in 1968 and became the first person to manually dock two spacecraft in orbit, a significant milestone in space exploration.
  18. Arlene Foster, the first female First Minister of Northern Ireland, was born on January 23, 1970. She held office from 2016 to 2021 and was known for her work in improving cross-community relations in Northern Ireland.
  19. The World Cup Skeleton Championship was held for the first time on January 23, 1982, in Switzerland. Competitors raced head-first down an ice track, reaching speeds of over 80 mph.
  20. On January 23, 1985, O.J. Simpson broke the National Football League's record for combined yardage, previously held by Jim Brown. By the end of his career, Simpson would accumulate 11,236 rushing yards and 203 total touchdowns.
  21. The popular children's book "Sideways Stories from Wayside School" was published on January 23, 1978. Written by Louis Sachar, the book has entertained generations with its quirky and imaginative stories.
  22. January 23 marks National Handwriting Day in the United States. Established in 1977, the day encourages people to put pen to paper and practice good penmanship as a way to preserve the art of handwriting.
  23. On January 23, 1964, The 24th Amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified, prohibiting poll taxes in federal elections. The amendment was a significant step towards voting rights and equality for all Americans.
  24. The Japanese poet Mizuhara Shuoshi, known for his romantic and modernist approach to poetry, was born on January 23, 1892. His works continue to influence the world of Japanese literature to this day.
  25. The animated Batman television series, "Batman: The Animated Series," premiered on January 23, 1993. The series went on to receive praise for its storytelling, animation style, and voice acting, becoming a favorite among fans of the character.
  26. Roy Plunkett, the American chemist who invented Teflon, was born on January 23, 1910. Teflon, a non-stick and heat-resistant material, has since become widely used in various applications, including cookware, electronics, and aerospace industries.
  27. On January 23, 2001, Judy Sheindlin, also known as "Judge Judy," received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Her television program, which first aired in 1996, has become one of the most popular court shows in history.