This Day in History on 23 January

The historical events hold a lot of value for aspirants who are sitting for UPSC competitive exams including that of the IAS Exam.

On this page, we will list all historical events that have occurred on 23 January. The students can refer them while preparing for all competitive exams and banking exams.

Important Days


Important Events

1998 – Netscape announced Mozilla, with the intention to release Communicator code as open source.
2001 – Five people attempt to set themselves on fire in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square, an act that many people later claim is staged by the Communist Party of China to frame Falun Gong and thus escalate their persecution.
2002 – U.S. journalist Daniel Pearl is kidnapped in Karachi, Pakistan and subsequently murdered.
2003 – A very weak signal from Pioneer 10 is detected for the last time, but no usable data can be extracted.
2018 – A 7.9 Mw  earthquake occurs in the Gulf of Alaska. It is tied as the sixth-largest earthquake ever recorded in the United States, but there are no reports of significant damage or fatalities.
2018 – A double car bombing in Benghazi, Libya, kills at least 33 people and wounds “dozens” of others. The victims include both military personnel and civilians, according to local officials.[


Birth/Birth Anniversary

1809 – Surendra Sai, Indian activist (d. 1884)

1894 – Jyotirmoyee Devi, Indian author (d. 1988)

1897 – Subhas Chandra Bose, Indian activist and politician (d. 1945)

1926 – Bal Thackeray, Indian journalist, cartoonist, and politician (d. 2012)

Death/ Death Anniversary

2018 – Hugh Masekela, South African trumpeter, composer and singer (b. 1939)
2018 – Nicanor Parra, Chilean poet (b. 1914)
2018 – Wyatt Tee Walker, American civil rights activist and pastor (b. 1928)[10]

Futher Reading

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