What happened on 23 January?

Here’s a look at what happened on this day, 23 January, throughout history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course of history forever.


2018 | A magnitude 7.9 earthquake struck the Gulf of Alaska, the sixth-largest earthquake ever recorded in the United States, but there were no reports of severe damage or death.

2003 | For the last time a very weak signal from Pioneer 10 was detected and no usable data could be retrieved.

2018 | A twin car bombing in Benghazi, Libya, killed over 33 people and injured dozens more on this day.  The victims were soldiers and civilians, according to reports given.

2002 | American journalist Daniel Pearl was abducted in Karachi, Pakistan, and then killed.

2001 | Five people are tried to set themselves on fire in Beijing’s Tiananmen stadium, an act that many people later claimed was carried out by the Chinese Communist Party to form Falun Gong and thus intensify their suffering.


1941 | Australian economist and academic, Jock R. Anderson.

1957 | Princess of Hanover, Princess Caroline Louise Marguerite.

1941 | Brazilian journalist, author, and academic,  João Ubaldo Ribeiro died in 2014.

1953 | American composer, John Luther Adams.


2018 | South African trumpeter, composer, and singer, Hugh Masekela, 79.

1994 | English journalist and author, Brian Redhead, 65.

2010 | American pianist and composer, Earl Wild, 95.

2002 | American philosopher, author, and academic, Robert Nozick, 64.

2010 | American colonel and pilot, Kermit Tyler, 97.

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 2013 | Swansea city reached the Capital One Cup final but all headlines were about Chelsea player Eden Hazard being sent off for kicking a ballboy.


2011 | The film “Mean Girls 2” directed by Melanie Mayron who is an American actress and director was released on this day for the first time in the United States.


The Virunga National Park is the oldest park in Africa history located in Congo,  It is home to mountain chimpanzees, lions, and elephants.

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