Browsing: January 23

A Brief History On January 23, 2002, Wall Street Journal reporter, Daniel Pearl, was kidnapped in downtown Karachi, Pakistan by Islamist militants. Pearl was investigating a link between al Qaeda and Pakistan at the time.  When the US failed to meet the kidnappers’ demands, Pearl was beheaded. Digging Deeper Some other high-profile kidnappings include: Julius Caesar, in 75 BC at the age of about 25, was captured by pirates and held for ransom, returning after his release to kill all his kidnappers! Holocaust mastermind Adolf Eichmann was hiding in Argentina in 1960 when the Israeli Mossad kidnapped him and took…

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A Brief History This article presents a chronological list of notable events that happened on January 23rd.  For each date below, please click on the date to be taken to an article covering that date’s event. Digging Deeper On January 23, 971, troops of the Chinese Song Dynasty managed to defeat the War Elephant Corps of the Southern Han Kingdom by the use of deadly crossbows. On January 23, 1556, China was rocked by a devastating earthquake that resulted in more human death than any other earthquake in recorded history. On January 23, 1570, history of the infamous type was made when James…

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A Brief History On January 23, 1570, history of the infamous type was made when James Stewart, the Earl of Moray, was murdered by an assassin using a firearm.  Stewart was acting as regent for the young King James VI of Scotland. Digging Deeper James VI became King of Scotland at the age of 1 year old when his mother, Mary, Queen of Scots, abdicated the throne.  James Stewart was himself the illegitimate son of King James V of Scotland.  Ongoing resentment of Mary’s supporters bode ill for her successors. At the town of Linlithgow, the Earl was passing in…

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A Brief History On January 23, 2018, not 1, but 2 car bombs were set off in Benghazi, Libya, killing at least 33 people, both military and civilians, and wounding dozens or even scores more.  Not the proper use of an automobile!  Normally, we love our cars and pick up trucks, SUV’s and the like, and do our best to keep them intact.  Sometimes, people love their car so much they are buried in the car instead of a casket!  Cars can be used as art, places to spoon with your sweetie, a comfortable seat to watch a drive-in movie…

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A Brief History On January 23, 1556, China was rocked by a devastating earthquake that resulted in more human death than any other earthquake in recorded history.  Known as The Shaanxi Earthquake of 1556, the event is estimated to have caused the deaths of 830,000 people.  An area stretching an incredible 520 miles in diameter was largely destroyed, with minor damage extending much further.  By comparison, the second deadliest earthquake in human history was the 1976 Tangshan Earthquake, also in China, that killed somewhere between 250,000 and 700,000 people.  No other earthquakes are reported to have killed as many as…

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