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On this day in history - September 23

What Happened On This Day – September 23

  • 1965 The Indo-Pakistani War comes to an end after a UN-mandated ceasefire

    Also known as the Second Kashmiri War, the war was fought between India and Pakistan over the disputed territory of Kashmir.

  • 1952 Nixon Makes his Checkers Speech

    The televised speech was made by then-Vice Presidential candidate Richard Nixon as a response to accusations of corruption and use of campaign funds for private expenses. The speech received its name due to the mention of Checkers, a dog he had received as a gift for his children. In the speech, he emphasized that he intended to keep Checkers.

  • 1932 The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is Founded

    The Middle Eastern country was created by merging the kingdoms of Hejaz and Nejd by Ibn Saud, the king of the House of Saud. The day is celebrated as Saudi National Day in the Kingdom.

  • 1909 Phantom of the Opera makes its Literary Debut

    The novel about a disfigured musical genius was written by French writer Gaston Leroux. It was first published as a series in the French newspaper, Le Gaulois. The novel was later adapted as a popular musical and as a film.

  • 1889 Nintendo is Founded

    The Japanese gaming company was created by entrepreneur Fusajiro Yamauchi as a card company called Nintendo Koppai, which was based in Kyoto. The company originally produced and sold playing cards called Hanafuda. The release of Donkey Kong, an arcade game in 1981, brought Nintendo to the forefront of electronic and video games industry.

Illustration of stork, signifying birth

Births On This Day,
September 23

  • 1949 Bruce Springsteen

    American singer-songwriter, guitarist

  • 1930 Ray Charles

    American singer-songwriter, pianist, actor

  • 1926 John Coltrane

    American saxophonist, composer

  • 1215 Kublai Khan

    Mongolian Emperor

  • 63 Augustus

    Roman Emperor

Illustration of tombstone, signifying death

Deaths On This Day,
September 23

  • 1994 Robert Bloch

    American author

  • 1988 Tibor Sekelj

    Hungarian explorer, author

  • 1973 Pablo Neruda

    Chilean poet, Nobel Prize laureate

  • 1968 Pio of Pietrelcina

    Italian priest, saint

  • 1939 Sigmund Freud

    Austrian neurologist