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On This Day in History, January 23

What Happened On This Day – January 23

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

    Among the first inductees were Ray Charles, James Brown, and Elvis Presley.

  • 1960 The Trieste dives to a record depth of 10,911 meters (35,797 ft)

    Jacques Piccard and Don Walsh reached the bottom of Challenger Deep, the Earth's deepest known point.

  • 1957 Walter Frederick Morrison sells the rights to his flying disc to the Wham-O toy company

    Today, the Frisbee is used around the world as both a toy and as part of flying disc games, such as Ultimate.

  • 1950 Israel claims Jerusalem as its capital

    Despite international protests, the Knesset passed a resolution stating that the divided city will be the country's capital.

  • 1556 The deadliest earthquake on record kills some 830,000 people

    The epicenter was in the Wei River Valley in Shaanxi Province, China.

Births On This Day – January 23

  • 1984 Arjen Robben

    Dutch footballer

  • 1926 Bal Thackeray

    Indian politician

  • 1919 Ernie Kovacs

    American comedian, actor

  • 1897 Subhas Chandra Bose

    Indian politician, activist

  • 1737 John Hancock

    American politician, 1st Governor of Massachusetts

Deaths On This Day – January 23

  • 2005 Johnny Carson

    American television host

  • 2002 Pierre Bourdieu

    French sociologist

  • 1989 Salvador Dalí

    Spanish painter

  • 1986 Joseph Beuys

    German sculptor, illustrator

  • 1944 Edvard Munch

    Norwegian painter