This Day in History - January 23

January 23

971 – The Southern Han are defeated and forced to submit at Shao by crossbow fire from Song Dynasty troops, the 1st regular war elephant corps of the Chinese Army

1368 – Zhu Yuanzhang becomes the Hongwu Emperor, initiating Ming Dynasty rule over China

1556 – An estimated 830,000 people are killed by an earthquake in Shaanxi, China-the deadliest of all time

1737 – 1st Governor of Massachusetts, John Hancock, is born

1775 – London merchants petition Parliament for financial relief caused by the curtailment of trade with the North American colonies

1789 – Georgetown University is established

1832 – French impressionist painter Edouard Manet is born

1849 – Elizabeth Blackwell is granted a medical degree from Geneva College in New York, becoming the first woman to officially be recognized as a physician in US history

1865 – Confederate General John Bell Hood’s request to be removed as commander of the Army of Tennessee is granted

1870 – Colonel Eugene Baker orders his men to attack a sleeping camp of peaceful Blackfeet Indians, after declaring he didn’t care whether it was the group that he had been searching for or not, in northern Montana.  Baker and his men had been searching for a group of Indians that had murdered an influential rancher, Malcolm Clarke, and his son at their home

1897 – Indian politician Subhas Chandra Bose is born

1899 – Actor Humphrey Bogart is born

1901 – Montreal suffers a huge fire, resulting in $2.5 million in lost property

1913 – The “Young Turks” revolt because of concessions made at the London peace talks

1919 – Comedian and TV personality Ernie Kovacs is born

1920 – The Dutch government refuses extradition of Wilhelm II, the former Kaiser of Germany

1922 – 14-year old Leonard Thompson becomes the first person to receive an insulin injection as treatment for diabetes at Toronto General Hospital

1926 – Indian politician Bal Thackeray is born

1930 – Nobel Prize-winning poet and playwright, Derek Walcott, is born

1932 – Franklin Roosevelt enters the presidential race

1941 – Charles Lindbergh testifies before the House Foreign Affairs Committee on the Land-Lease policy, suggesting that the US negotiate a neutrality pact with Hitler

1944 – Norwegian painter Edvard Munch dies

1948 – The Soviets refuse UN entry into North Korea to administer elections

1949 – Communist Chinese forces begin to advance on Nanking

1950 – Jerusalem becomes the official capital of Israel

1951 – President Truman creates the Commission on Internal Security and Individual Rights in an effort to monitor the anti-Communist campaign

1957 – Princess Caroline of Monaco is born

1957 – Wham-O toy company produces the first Frisbees

1960 – Jacques Piccard and Don Walsh dive to a record depth of 35,797 feet, the Earth’s deepest known point in the Marina Trench, in the western Pacific Ocean

1964 – The 24th Amendment to the Constitution is ratified, barring poll taxes

1968 – North Korea seizes the US intelligence-gathering ship USS Pueblo and charges it with spying and violating North Korean territorial waters.  This leads to a long year of negotiations to free the 83-man crew, damaging Lyndon Johnson’s reputation in regards to foreign policy

1969 – NASA unveils a moon-landing craft

1973 – President Richard Nixon announces that POWs would be home in 60 days and that a peace agreement had been reached in Paris

1976 – Singer, actor, athlete and activist Paul Robeson dies

1977 – Alex Haley’s Roots begins a record-breaking eight-night broadcast on ABC

1978 – Sweden becomes the first nation to ban aerosol sprays, believing them to be damaging to the earth’s ozone layer

1981 – Opposition leader Kim Dae Jung’s death sentence is commuted to life imprisonment in Seoul due to internal pressure

1983 – The A-Team premieres on NBC

1984 – Hulk Hogan becomes the first wrestler to defeat WWF Champion Iron Sheik, taking his title at Madison Square Garden in New York City

1984 – Dutch football player Arjen Robben is born

1986 – The US begins maneuvers off the Libyan coast

1986 – German sculptor and illustrator Joseph Beuys dies

1986 – The first artists are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

1989 – Flamboyant Spanish painter Salvador Dali dies

1991 – Constable Darrell Lunsford is beat and stabbed to death along the East Texas highway by a trio of men he had pulled over for a traffic stop.  A video camera installed in Lunsford’s dashboard recorded the entire incident.  The jury watched the tape and easily convicted Reynaldo Villarreal, Baldemar Villarreal, and Jesus Zambrano

1992 – President George H.W. Bush hosts a reception for the US women’s soccer team to honor them for their recent World Cup win

1997 – Following her confirmation the previous day, Madeline Albright is sworn in as the first female Secretary of State

2002 – Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl is kidnapped by Pakistani terrorists while working in India

2002 – French sociologist Pierre Bourdieu dies

2004 – Bob Keeshan, “Captain Kangaroo,” dies

2005 – TV host Johnny Carson dies

Written by Crystal McCann

Crystal is the Chief Operating Officer of Lanterns Media Network and the owner of Madisons Media. She lives in Texas with her husband and dogs and is the proud mother of two adult children.

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