What happened on June 23? There are more than 253 events that were made this day in history. Here are the important historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

Interesting Facts & Myths About June 23

June 23 In HistoryJune 23 is the 175th day of the year 2020. There are 191 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Tuesday. This day falls under the 26th week of the year 2020.

On this day in Corriganville, Maryland 21524 sunrise occured at 05:48 AM and sunset occured at 08:47 PM (local time).

The zodiac sign of a person born on this day is Cancer. The modern birthstone for this month is Pearl while the mystical birthstone is Moonstone.

According to the Chinese calendar, there are 234 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year (February 12, 2021).

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Historical Events For June 23

  • 79
    Titus succeeds his father Vespasian as the tenth Roman Emperor.
  • 1180
    First Battle of Uji, starting the Genpei War in Japan.
  • 1305
    A peace treaty between the Flemish and the French is signed at Athis-sur-Orge.
  • 1314
    First War of Scottish Independence: The Battle of Bannockburn (south of Stirling) begins.
  • 1532
    Henry VIII and François I sign a secret treaty against Emperor Charles V.
  • 1565
    Turgut Reis (Dragut), commander of the Ottoman navy, dies during the Siege of Malta.
  • 1611
    The mutinous crew of Henry Hudson’s fourth voyage sets Henry, his son and seven loyal crew members adrift in an open boat in what is now Hudson Bay; they are never heard from again.
  • 1661
    Marriage contract between Charles II of England and Catherine of Braganza.
  • 1683
    William Penn signs a friendship treaty with Lenni Lenape Indians in Pennsylvania.
  • 1713
    The French residents of Acadia are given one year to declare allegiance to Britain or leave Nova Scotia, Canada.
  • 1757
    Battle of Plassey – 3,000 British troops under Robert Clive defeat a 50,000 strong Indian army under Siraj Ud Daulah at Plassey.
  • 1758
    Seven Years’ War: Battle of Krefeld – British forces defeat French troops at Krefeld in Germany.
  • 1760
    Seven Years’ War: Battle of Landeshut – Austria defeats Prussia.
  • 1780
    American Revolution: Battle of Springfield fought in and around Springfield, New Jersey (including Short Hills, formerly of Springfield, now of Millburn Township).
  • 1794
    Empress Catherine II of Russia grants Jews permission to settle in Kiev.
  • 1810
    John Jacob Astor forms the Pacific Fur Company.
  • 1812
    War of 1812: Great Britain revokes the restrictions on American commerce, thus eliminating one of the chief reasons for going to war.
  • 1860
    The United States Congress establishes the Government Printing Office.
  • 1865
    American Civil War: at Fort Towson in the Oklahoma Territory, Confederate, Brigadier General Stand Watie surrenders the last significant rebel army.
  • 1887
    The Rocky Mountains Park Act becomes law in Canada creating the nation’s first national park, Banff National Park.
  • 1894
    The International Olympic Committee is founded at the Sorbonne in Paris, at the initiative of Baron Pierre de Coubertin.
  • 1913
    Second Balkan War: The Greeks defeat the Bulgarians in the Battle of Doiran.
  • 1914
    Mexican Revolution: Pancho Villa takes Zacatecas from Victoriano Huerta.
  • 1917
    In a game against the Washington Senators, Boston Red Sox pitcher Ernie Shore retires 26 batters in a row after replacing Babe Ruth, who had been ejected for punching the umpire.
  • 1919
    Estonian War of Independence: the decisive defeat of the Baltische Landeswehr in the Battle of Cesis. This day is celebrated as Victory Day in Estonia.
  • 1926
    The College Board administers the first SAT exam.
  • 1931
    Wiley Post and Harold Gatty take off from Roosevelt Field, Long Island in an attempt to circumnavigate the world in a single-engine plane.
  • 1938
    The Civil Aeronautics Act is signed into law, forming the Civil Aeronautics Authority in the United States.
  • 1940
    World War II: German leader Adolf Hitler surveys newly defeated Paris in now occupied France.
  • 1941
    The Lithuanian Activist Front declares independence from the Soviet Union and forms the Provisional Government of Lithuania; it lasts only briefly as the Nazis will occupy Lithuania a few weeks later.
  • 1942
    World War II: Germany’s latest fighter, a Focke-Wulf Fw 190, is captured intact when it mistakenly lands at RAF Pembrey in Wales.
  • 1942
    World War II: the first selections for the gas chamber at Auschwitz take place on a train full of Jews from Paris.
  • 1943
    World War II: The British destroyers HMS Eclipse and HMS Laforey sink the Italian submarine Ascianghi in the Mediterranean after she torpedoes the cruiser HMS Newfoundland.
  • 1946
    The 1946 Vancouver Island earthquake strikes Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.
  • 1947
    The United States Senate follows the United States House of Representatives in overriding U.S. President Harry Truman’s veto of the Taft-Hartley Act.
  • 1956
    The French National Assembly takes the first step in creating the French Community by passing the Loi Cadre, transferring a number of powers from Paris to elected territorial governments in French West Africa.
  • 1958
    The Dutch Reformed Church accepts women ministers.
  • 1959
    A fire in a resort hotel in Stalheim (Norway) kills 34 people.
  • 1959
    Convicted Manhattan Project spy Klaus Fuchs is released after only nine years in prison and allowed to emigrate to Dresden, East Germany where he resumes a scientific career.
  • 1961
    Cold War: the Antarctic Treaty, which sets aside Antarctica as a scientific preserve and bans military activity on the continent, comes into force after the opening date for signature set for the December 1, 1959.
  • 1967
    Cold War: U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson meets with Soviet Premier Alexei Kosygin in Glassboro, New Jersey for the three-day Glassboro Summit Conference.
  • 1968
    74 are killed and 150 injured in a football stampede towards a closed exit in a Buenos Aires stadium.
  • 1969
    Warren E. Burger is sworn in as Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court by retiring Chief Justice Earl Warren.
  • 1972
    Title IX of the United States Civil Rights Act of 1964 is amended to prohibit sexual discrimination to any educational program receiving federal funds.
  • 1972
    Watergate Scandal: U.S. President Richard M. Nixon and White House Chief of Staff H. R. Haldeman are taped talking about using the Central Intelligence Agency to obstruct the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s investigation into the Watergate break-ins.
  • 1973
    A fire at a house in Hull, England which kills a six year old boy is passed off as an accident; it later emerges as the first of 26 deaths by fire caused over the next seven years by arsonist Peter Dinsdale.
  • 1982
    Chinese American Vincent Chin is beaten to death in Highland Park, Michigan, by two auto workers who had mistaken him for Japanese and who were angry about the success of Japanese auto companies.
  • 1985
    A terrorist bomb aboard Air India flight 182 brings the Boeing 747 down off the coast of Ireland killing all 329 aboard.

Who Were Born On June 23?

  • 47 BC
    Ptolemy Caesarion of Egypt; son of Julius Caesar and Cleopatra (d. 30 BC)
  • 1373
    Queen Joan II of Naples (d. 1435)
  • 1433
    Francis II, Duke of Brittany (d. 1488)
  • 1456
    Margaret of Denmark, wife of James III of Scotland (d. 1486)
  • 1534
    Oda Nobunaga, Japanese warlord (d. 1582)
  • 1596
    Johan Banér, Swedish soldier (d. 1641)
  • 1612
    André Tacquet, Flemish mathematician (d. 1660)
  • 1668
    Giambattista Vico, Italian philosopher and historian (d. 1744)
  • 1683
    Etienne Fourmont, French orientalist (d. 1745)
  • 1703
    Queen Marie Leszczyńska, Polish-born wife of Louis XV of France (d. 1768)
  • 1716
    Fletcher Norton, 1st Baron Grantley, English politician (d. 1789)
  • 1750
    Déodat Gratet de Dolomieu, French geologist (d. 1801)
  • 1763
    Joséphine de Beauharnais, wife of Napoleon I Bonaparte (d. 1814)
  • 1799
    John Milton Bernhisel, American physician (d. 1881)
  • 1800
    Karol Marcinkowski, Polish physician and social activist (d. 1846)
  • 1824
    Carl Reinecke, German musician and composer (d. 1910)
  • 1863
    Sándor Bródy, Hungarian writer (d. 1924)
  • 1884
    Cyclone Taylor, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 1979)
  • 1888
    Bronson M. Cutting, American politician (d. 1935)
  • 1888
    Lee Moran, American actor (d. 1961)
  • 1889
    Anna Akhmatova, Russian poet (d. 1966)
  • 1894
    Alfred Kinsey, American entomologist and sexologist (d. 1956)
  • 1894
    King Edward VIII of the United Kingdom (d. 1972)
  • 1897
    Alexandru Giugaru, Romanian actor (d. 1986)
  • 1902
    Mathias Wieman, German actor (d. 1969)
  • 1903
    Paul Joseph James Martin, Canadian politician (d. 1992)
  • 1905
    Jack Pickersgill, Canadian politician (d. 1997)
  • 1906
    King Tribhuvan of Nepal (d. 1955)
  • 1907
    Dercy Gonçalves, Brazilian comedienne (d. 2008)
  • 1907
    James Meade, English economist, Nobel laureate (d. 1995)
  • 1909
    David Lewis, Canadian lawyer and politician (d. 1981)
  • 1910
    Gordon B. Hinckley, American religious figure (d. 2008)
  • 1910
    Jean Anouilh, French dramatist (d. 1987)
  • 1910
    Milt Hinton, American jazz bassist (d. 2000)
  • 1912
    Alan Turing, English mathematician (d. 1954)
  • 1916
    Len Hutton, English cricketer (d. 1990)
  • 1919
    Mohamed Boudiaf, Algerian political leader (d. 1992)
  • 1922
    Hal Laycoe, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 1998)
  • 1923
    Giuseppina Tuissi, Italian resistance member (d. 1945)
  • 1925
    Miriam Karlin, English actress (d. 2011)
  • 1927
    Bob Fosse, American choreographer (d. 1987)
  • 1928
    Jean Cione, American All-American Girls Professional Baseball League player (d. 2010)
  • 1929
    Donn F. Eisele, American astronaut (d. 1987)
  • 1929
    June Carter Cash, American singer (d. 2003)
  • 1935
    Maurice Ferre, American politician
  • 1936
    Costas Simitis, Greek politician
  • 1937
    Martti Ahtisaari, Finnish statesman, Nobel laureate
  • 1937
    Niki Sullivan, American guitarist (The Crickets) (d. 2004)
  • 1940
    Adam Faith, English singer and actor (d. 2003)
  • 1940
    Lord Irvine of Lairg, Scottish Lord Chancellor of Great Britain
  • 1940
    Stuart Sutcliffe, English painter and bassist (The Beatles) (d. 1962)
  • 1940
    Wilma Rudolph, American runner (d. 1994)
  • 1941
    Richard M. Roberts, American attorney
  • 1941
    Robert Hunter, American lyricist and poet (The Grateful Dead)
  • 1941
    Roger McDonald, Australian writer
  • 1943
    James Levine, American conductor
  • 1943
    Vint Cerf, American computer scientist
  • 1945
    John Garang, Sudanese politician (d. 2005)
  • 1945
    Kjell Albin Abrahamson, Swedish journalist and writer
  • 1946
    Ted Shackelford, American actor
  • 1947
    Bryan Brown, Australian actor
  • 1948
    Clarence Thomas, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
  • 1948
    Darhyl S. Ramsey, American author
  • 1948
    Luther Kent, American blues singer
  • 1948
    Myles Goodwyn, Canadian guitarist and vocalist (April Wine)
  • 1949
    Gordon Bray, Australian sports broadcaster
  • 1951
    Angelo Falcón, American political scientist, Latino community advocate
  • 1951
    Jim Metzler, American actor
  • 1951
    Michèle Mouton, French racecar driver
  • 1952
    Anthony Jackson, American electric bass guitar player
  • 1955
    Glenn Danzig, American musician
  • 1955
    Jean Tigana, French footballer
  • 1955
    Jordan, British actress and model
  • 1955
    Maggie Greenwald, American film director and writer
  • 1955
    Pierre Corbeil, Canadian politician
  • 1956
    Randy Jackson, American music producer
  • 1956
    Tony Hill, American football player
  • 1957
    Frances McDormand, American actress
  • 1960
    Donald Harrison, American jazz saxophonist
  • 1960
    Tatsuya Uemura, Japanese arcade game programmer
  • 1961
    LaSalle Thompson, American basketball player
  • 1961
    Zoran Janjetov, Serbian comic artist
  • 1962
    Chuck Billy, American singer (Testament)
  • 1962
    Kari Takko, Finnish ice hockey player
  • 1962
    Kevin Yagher, American special effects technician
  • 1962
    Steve Shelley, American drummer (The Crucifucks, Sonic Youth)
  • 1963
    Colin Montgomerie, Scottish golfer
  • 1964
    Joss Whedon, American producer, director, and screenwriter
  • 1964
    Yun Lou, Chinese gymnast
  • 1965
    Mitch Longley American actor
  • 1965
    Natalia Germanou Greek lyricist, television hostess, radio producer, DJ and journalist
  • 1965
    Paul Arthurs, British guitarist (Oasis)
  • 1966
    Chico DeBarge, American R&B singer (DeBarge)
  • 1966
    Richie Ren, Taiwanese singer and actor
  • 1967
    Helen Geake, British archaeologist
  • 1969
    Martin Klebba, American actor
  • 1970
    Martin Deschamps, Canadian singer (Offenbach)
  • 1970
    Robert Brooks, American football player
  • 1970
    Yann Tiersen, French composer
  • 1971
    Félix Potvin, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1971
    Fred Ewanuick, Canadian actor
  • 1972
    Ron Corning, American television anchor
  • 1972
    Selma Blair, American actress
  • 1972
    Zinedine Zidane, French footballer
  • 1973
    Marija Naumova, Latvian singer
  • 1974
    Joel Edgerton, Australian actor
  • 1974
    Mark Hendrickson, American baseball player
  • 1975
    Jeffrey Carlson, American actor
  • 1975
    KT Tunstall, Scottish singer and songwriter
  • 1975
    Kevin Dyson, American football player
  • 1975
    Mik Kersten, Canadian computer scientist
  • 1975
    Mike James, American basketball player
  • 1976
    Brandon Stokley, American football player
  • 1976
    Emmanuelle Vaugier, Canadian actress
  • 1976
    Joe Becker, American guitarist
  • 1976
    Patrick Monahan, British comedian
  • 1976
    Patrick Vieira, French footballer
  • 1976
    Savvas Poursaitidis, Greek-Cypriot footballer
  • 1976
    Wade Barrett, American soccer player
  • 1977
    Hayden Foxe, Australian footballer
  • 1977
    Jason Mraz, American singer and songwriter
  • 1977
    Miguel Ángel Angulo, Spanish footballer
  • 1977
    Shaun O'Hara, American football player
  • 1978
    Frédéric Leclercq, French bassist (DragonForce)
  • 1978
    Matt Light, American football player
  • 1978
    Memphis Bleek, American rapper
  • 1979
    LaDainian Tomlinson, American football player
  • 1980
    Becky Cloonan, American comic book artist
  • 1980
    Francesca Schiavone, Italian tennis player
  • 1980
    Ramnaresh Sarwan, Guyanese cricketer
  • 1981
    Antony Costa, British singer and songwriter (Blue)
  • 1981
    Rolf Wacha, German rugby player
  • 1982
    Derek Boogaard, ice hockey player (d. 2011)
  • 1983
    Brooks Laich, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1983
    Jason Berrent, American actor and performer
  • 1984
    Dave Walsh, American professional gamer
  • 1984
    Duffy, Welsh singer and songwriter
  • 1984
    James Thomas, Jr., American reality show contestant
  • 1984
    Takeshi Matsuda, Japanese swimmer
  • 1987
    Alessia Filippi, Italian swimmer
  • 1987
    Jacob Lusk, Singer, American Idol season 10 finalist
  • 1988
    Chellsie Memmel, American gymnast
  • 1988
    Isabella Leong, Macau-born Hong Kong singer, actress and model
  • 1989
    Fernando Schirmer Brazilian footballer
  • 1989
    Marielle Jaffe, American model and actress
  • 1996
    Charlie Jones, British actor

Who Died On June 23?

  • 79
    Emperor Vespasian of Rome (b. 9)
  • 1018
    Henry I, Margrave of Austria (birth year unknown)
  • 1222
    Constance of Aragon, consort of Ladislaus III of Hungary and Frederick II, Holy Roman Emperor (b. c. 1179)
  • 1555
    Pedro Mascarenhas, Portuguese explorer (b. 1470)
  • 1582
    Shimizu Muneharu, Japanese military leader (b. 1537)
  • 1615
    Mashita Nagamori, Japanese warlord (b. 1545)
  • 1677
    Wilhelm Ludwig, Duke of Württemberg (b. 1647)
  • 1686
    William Coventry, English statesman (b. c. 1628)
  • 1707
    John Mill, English theologian (b. c. 1645)
  • 1733
    Johann Jakob Scheuchzer, Swiss scholar (b. 1672)
  • 1770
    Mark Akenside, English poet and physician (b. 1721)
  • 1775
    Karl Ludwig, Freiherr von Pöllnitz, German adventurer and writer (b. 1692)
  • 1779
    Mikael Sehul, Ethiopian warlord (b. c. 1691)
  • 1806
    Mathurin Jacques Brisson, French naturalist (b. 1723)
  • 1811
    Nicolau Tolentino de Almeida, Portuguese poet and satirist (b. 1740)
  • 1832
    James Hall, Scottish geologist (b. 1761)
  • 1836
    James Mill, Scottish philosopher and historian, (b. 1773)
  • 1856
    Ivan Kireevsky, Russian literary critic and philosopher (b. 1806)
  • 1891
    Samuel Newitt Wood, American Politician (b. 1825)
  • 1891
    Wilhelm Eduard Weber, German physicist (b. 1804)
  • 1893
    Sir Theophilus Shepstone, British-born South African statesman (b. 1817)
  • 1945
    Giuseppina Tuissi, Italian resistance member (b. 1923)
  • 1949
    Aristidis Stergiadis, Greek governor-general of Smyrna, (b. 1861)
  • 1956
    Reinhold Glière, Russian composer (b. 1875)
  • 1959
    Boris Vian, French writer and musician (b. 1920)
  • 1969
    Volmari Iso-Hollo, Finnish athlete (b. 1907)
  • 1970
    Roscoe Turner, American aviator (b. 1895)
  • 1980
    Clyfford Still, American painter (b. 1904)
  • 1980
    Sanjay Gandhi, Indian politician; son of Indira Gandhi (b. 1946)
  • 1980
    Varahagiri Venkata Giri, Indian politician (b. 1894)
  • 1981
    Zarah Leander, Swedish actress and singer (b. 1907)
  • 1982
    Vincent Chin, Chinese-born American murder victim (b. 1955)
  • 1989
    Werner Best, German jurist and Nazi party leader (b. 1903)
  • 1992
    Eric Andolsek, American football player (b. 1966)
  • 1995
    Anatoli Tarasov, Russian ice hockey coach (b. 1918)
  • 1995
    Jonas Salk, American biologist and physician (b. 1914)
  • 1996
    Andreas Papandreou, Greek politician (b. 1919)
  • 1997
    Betty Shabazz, American educator and widow of Malcolm X (b. 1936)
  • 1998
    Maureen O'Sullivan, Irish actress (b. 1911)
  • 1999
    Buster Merryfield, British actor (b. 1920)
  • 2000
    Peter Dubovský, Slovak footballer (b. 1972)
  • 2000
    Peter L. Pond, American activist and philanthropist (b. 1933)
  • 2001
    Yvonne Dionne, Canadian quintuplet (b. 1934)
  • 2002
    Pedro ‘El Rockero’Alcazar, Panamanian boxer (b. 1975)
  • 2005
    Manolis Anagnostakis, Greek poet (b. 1925)
  • 2005
    Shana Alexander, American journalist (b. 1926)
  • 2006
    Aaron Spelling, American television producer (b. 1923)
  • 2006
    Luke Graham, American wrestler (b. 1940)
  • 2007
    Rod Beck, American baseball player (b. 1968)
  • 2008
    Arthur Chung, Guyanan politician (b. 1918)
  • 2008
    Claudio Capone, Italian-born Scottish voice actor (b. 1952)
  • 2008
    Judith Holzmeister, Austrian actress (b. 1920)
  • 2008
    Marian Glinka, Polish actor (b. 1943)
  • 2009
    Ed McMahon, American television personality (b. 1923)
  • 2009
    Hanne Hiob, German actress (b. 1923)
  • 2009
    Jerri Nielsen, American physician (b. 1952)
  • 2009
    John Callaway, American journalist (b. 1936)
  • 2009
    Manuel Saval, Mexican actor (b. 1956)
  • 2011
    Dennis Marshall, Costa Rican footballer (b. 1985)
  • 2011
    Peter Falk, American actor (b. 1927)

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