Daily Calendar for Monday, January 23, 2023 | Almanac.com

Daily Calendar for Monday, January 23, 2023


  • John Hancock (statesman )
  • Camilla Collett (writer)
  • Joseph Nathan Kane (fact-finding guru)
  • Ernie Kovacs (actor)
  • Chita Rivera (singer, actress, & dancer)
  • Gil Gerard (actor)
  • Rutger Hauer (actor)
  • Richard Dean Anderson (actor)
  • Princess Caroline of Monaco
  • Mariska Hargitay (actress)


  • Anna Pavlova (ballerina)
  • Samuel Barber (composer)
  • Salvador Dali (artist)
  • Daniel Pearl (Wall Street Journal reporter who disappeared and was later killed)
  • Nell Carter (singer & actress)
  • Helmut Newton (fashion photographer)
  • Bob Keeshan (Captain Kangaroo)
  • Johnny Carson (comedian who dominated late-night television for 30 years as the host of The Tonight Show)


  • Deadliest earthquake on record killed 830,000 in China
  • Elizabeth Blackwell became the first woman to receive an M.D. degree
  • Envelope machine patented
  • California vintner Agoston Haraszthy received 100,000 European grape vine cuttings.
  • Charles Curtis first of Native American descent to be elected as U.S. senator
  • Leonard Thompson received the world’s first successful insulin injection
  • The movie Casablanca was copyrighted
  • Duke Ellington played at New York City’s Carnegie Hall for the first time
  • Fire devastated streetcar barns in Regina, Saskatchewan
  • Bathyscaphe Trieste dove a record-breaking 35,800 feet
  • Eldfell volcano began to form, Heimaey Island, Iceland
  • Willie Mays elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame
  • China’s giant pandas were added to the endangered species list
  • The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted its first members: Chuck Berry, James Brown, Ray Charles, Sam Cooke, Fats Domino, Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley, and Little Richard
  • International Polar Bear Conservation Centre opened in Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • At 12:31 am, a 7.9 earthquake struck the Gulf of Alaska, about 181 miles southeast of Kodiak, prompting a tsunami warning for coastal Alaska and British Columbia, and a tsunami watch for the rest of the U.S. West Coast. This was cancelled after several hours; a minor tsunami, less than a foot, was reported in Alaska.


  • In Iroquois Falls, Ontario, the temperature reached -73°F.
  • Eighty degrees below zero F at Prospect Creek, Alaska
  • 13.4 inches of snow fell on Boston, the most snow the city had received in a single day since the National Weather Service began keeping records in 1892. This was from a powerful blizzard which started on January 22 and ended on the 23rd.

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