Major Historical Anniversaries for 2023


January 

  • 160th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation issued by President Lincoln on January 1, 1863. 
  • 160th anniversary of the first Homestead Act claims on January 1, 1863.
  • 205th anniversary of Frankenstein, written by Mary Shelley and published on January 1, 1818.
  • 235th anniversary of Georgia entering the Union on January 2, 1788. 
  • 85th anniversary of the March of Dimes, created by Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt on January 3, 1938. 
  • 185th anniversary of Samuel Morse demonstrating the Telegraph on January 6, 1838. 
  • 105th anniversary of President Wilson's Fourteen Points speech on January 8, 1918. Wilson's speech focused on 14 strategies for long-lasting peace after WWI. 
  • 530th anniversary of Columbus mistaking manatees for mermaids on January 9, 1493.
  • 255th anniversary of the first modern circus occurring in London on January 9, 1768. 
  • 115th anniversary of the Grand Canyon becoming a National Monument on January 11, 1908. 
  • 160th anniversary of the Battle of Arkansas Post on January 11, 1863. 
  • 135th anniversary of the School Children Blizzard on January 12, 1888. The blizzard killed 235 people, many of whom were children rushing home from school. 
  • 85th anniversary of big band leader, Benny Goodman, playing at Carnegie Hall on January 16, 1938. 
  • 130th anniversary of the Hawaiian monarchy ending on January 17, 1893. 
  • 235th anniversary of Captain Cook reaching Hawaii on January 18, 1788. 
  • 65th anniversary of the Integration of the NHL on January 18, 1958. 
  • 160th anniversary of the Mud March on January 20, 1863. 
  • 230th anniversary of the execution of King Louis XVI on January 21, 1793. 
  • 280th anniversary of the birth of Ethan Allen on January 21, 1738. 
  • 50th anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade decision on January 22, 1973. 
  • 55th anniversary of the capture of the USS Pueblo on January 23, 1968. 
  • 175th anniversary of the discovery of Gold at Sutter's Creek on January 24, 1848. 
  • 185th anniversary of Tennessee passing the first prohibition law on January 26, 1838. 
  • 135th anniversary of the National Geographic Society's founding on January 27, 1888. 
  • 50th anniversary of the Paris Peace Accords ending the Vietnam War, signed on January 27, 1973. 
  • 50th anniversary of a cease-fire in Vietnam on January 28, 1973. 
  • 75th anniversary of the assassination of Gandhi on January 30, 1948.
  • 90th anniversary of Hitler becoming Chancellor of Germany on January 30, 1933. 
  • 55th anniversary of the attack on the U.S. Embassy by the Viet Cong on January 31, 1968.

February

  • 80th anniversary of the Japanese evacuation from Guadalcanal on February 1, 1943. 
  • 110th anniversary of Grand Central opening on February 2, 1913.
  • 175th anniversary of the Guadalupe Hidalgo Treaty ending the Mexican-American War, signed on February 2, 1848. 
  • 110th anniversary of Rosa Park's birth on February 4, 1913. 
  • 140th anniversary of the Southern Pacific Railroads completes New Orleans to California route on February 5, 1883. 
  • 245th anniversary of the Franco-American Alliances signed on February 6, 1778.
  • 80th anniversary of American Forces securing Guadalcanal on February 8, 1943. 
  • 260th anniversary of the French-Indian War ending on February 10, 1763. 
  • 145th anniversary of the First U.S. Cycling Club forming on February 11, 1878. 
  • 50th anniversary of the release of U.S. POWS on February 12, 1973.
  • 100th anniversary of the first all-black baseball team forming on February 13, 1923. 
  • 125th anniversary of the USS Maine explodes in Havana harbor on February 15, 1898. 
  • 120th anniversary of the Teddy Bear on February 15, 1903. 
  • 100th anniversary of the opening of King Tut's tomb on February 16, 1923. 
  • 55th anniversary of the first 9-1-1 call on February 16, 1968.
  • 145th anniversary of Edison patenting the phonograph on February 19, 1878.
  • 55th anniversary of the Tet Offensive ended on February 22, 1968.
  • 245th anniversary of Von Steuben arriving at Vally Forge on February 23, 1778.
  • 155th anniversary of the impeachment of President Johnson on February 24, 1868.
  • 220th anniversary of Marbury vs. Madison on February 24, 1803. This landmark case established judicial review and gave power to the Supreme Court to limit Congressional power by declaring legislation unconstitutional.  
  • 30th anniversary of the World Trade Center bombing on February 26, 1993. 
  • 70th anniversary of the discovery of the chemical structure of DNA on February 28, 1953.

March

  • 160th anniversary of the Civil War Conscription Act on March 3, 1863.
  • 135th anniversary of the Great Blizzard on March 11, 1888. Considered one of the worst blizzards in American history, this East Coast blizzard killed over 400 people. 
  • 90th anniversary of Roosevelt's first Presidential "fireside chat" on March 12, 1933. 
  • 65th anniversary of the first Gold Record awarded to Perry Como on March 14, 1958. Perry Como received the first Gold Record for his song "Catch a Falling Star." 
  • 240th anniversary of Washington ending the Newburgh Conspiracy on March 15, 1783.
  • 70th anniversary of the first televised Academy Awards on March 19, 1953.
  • 60th anniversary of Alcatraz closing on March 21, 1963.
  • 245th anniversary of the massacre at Hancocks Bridge on March 21, 1778.
  • 130th anniversary of the first women's college basketball game on March 22, 1893. The game was played at Smith College in Northhampton, MA. 
  • 90th anniversary of President Roosevelt legalizing beer and wine on March 22, 1933. 
  • 65th anniversary of Elvis joining the U.S. Army on March 24, 1958. 
  • 70th anniversary of the Polio Vaccine on March 26, 1953. 
  • 50th anniversary of the U.S. withdrawal from Vietnam on March 29, 1973.

April

  • 510th anniversary of Ponce de Leon claiming Florida for Spain on April 2, 1513. 
  • 75th anniversary of the Marshall Plan on April 3, 1948. 
  • 55th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., on April 4, 1968. 
  • 50th anniversary of the World Trade Center opening on April 4, 1973.
  • 95th anniversary of the birth of Maya Angelou on April 4, 1928. 
  • 90th anniversary of the Civilian Conservation Corps on April 5, 1933. 
  • 60th anniversary of the USS Thresher sinking on April 10, 1963. 
  • 280th anniversary of the birth of Thomas Jefferson on April 13, 1743.
  • 95th anniversary of Webster's English Dictionary's printing on April 14, 1928. 
  • 80th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising on April 19, 1943. 
  • 125th anniversary of President McKinley declaring war with Spain on April 29, 1898. 
  • 2,775th anniversary of Rome on April 21, 753 BC. 
  • 105th anniversary of the Red Baron killed on April 21, 1918. 
  • 245th anniversary of John Paul Jones leading a raid and burning Whitehaven on April 23, 1778. 
  • 70th anniversary of Churchill's Knighthood on April 24, 1953. 
  • 160th anniversary of the Union issuing soldier's conduct code on April 24, 1863. 
  • 250th anniversary of the Tea Act on April 27, 1773.
  • 30th anniversary of the World Wide Web launching on April 30, 1993. 
  • 220th anniversary of the Louisiana Purchase on April 30, 1803.

May

  • 65th anniversary of Law Day on May 1, 1958.
  • 90th anniversary of the Loch Ness Monster's first sighting on May 2, 1933. 
  • 160th anniversary of General Stonewall Jackson's death on May 10, 1863. 
  • 165th anniversary of Minnesota entering the Union on May 11, 1858. 
  • 50th anniversary of the Skylab Station on May 14, 1973. 
  • 105th anniversary of the Sedition Act on May 16, 1918.
  • 80th anniversary of the Memphis Belle's 25th mission on May 17, 1943. 
  • 160th anniversary of the Battle of Vicksburg on May 18, 1863. 
  • 80th anniversary of the planning of D-Day on May 19, 1943. 
  • 150th anniversary of Levi Jeans on May 20, 1873. 
  • 140th anniversary of the Brooklyn Bridge on May 24, 1883. 
  • 155th anniversary of Decoration Day on May 30, 1868. 
  • 110th anniversary of the first Balkan War ending on May 30, 1913.

June

  • 80th anniversary of the Zoot Suit Riots on June 3, 1943. 
  • 55th anniversary of the assassination of Robert Kennedy on June 5, 1968. 
  • 90th anniversary of President Roosevelt taking the U.S. off the gold standard on June 5, 1933. 
  • 190th anniversary of President Jackson taking the first presidential ride on a train on June 6, 1833. 
  • 105th anniversary of the Battle of Belleau Wood on June 6, 1918.
  • 90th anniversary of the first drive-in movie theater opening on June 6, 1933. 
  • 55th anniversary of the arrest of James Earl Ray on June 8, 1968. 
  • 50th anniversary of Secretariat winning the Triple Crown on June 9, 1973. 
  • 60th anniversary of the desegregation of the University of Alabama on June 11, 1963.
  • 60th anniversary of the assassination of Medgar Evers on June 12, 1963. 
  • 120th anniversary of the Ford Motor Company incorporation on June 16, 1903. 
  • 40th anniversary of Sally Ride becoming the first woman in space on June 18, 1983. 
  • 245th anniversary of the British leaving Philadelphia on June 18, 1778.
  • 60th anniversary of the establishment of the U.S. and Soviet Union nuclear hotline on June 20, 1963. 
  • 160th anniversary of West Virginia entering the Union on June 20, 1863. 
  • 235th anniversary of the ratification of the U.S. Constitution on June 21, 1788.
  • 60th anniversary of the UpStairs Lounge arson on June 24, 1973. 
  • 45th anniversary of the Rainbow Pride flag on June 25, 1978.
  • 75th anniversary of the Berlin Airlift on June 26, 1948. 
  • 70th anniversary of the first Corvette on June 28, 1953.
  • 410th anniversary of the Globe Theater burned down on June 29, 1613.

July

  • 125th anniversary of the Battle of San Juan Hill on July 1, 1898. 
  • 160th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg on July 1, 1863.
  • 160th anniversary of the Confederates surrendering at Vicksburg on July 4, 1863. 
  • 90th anniversary of the first MLB All-Star game on July 6, 1933. The game was played at Chicago Comiskey Park and billed as the "game of the century." Due to its popularity, it became a permanent fixture in American Baseball. 
  • 80th anniversary of the Allies landing on Sicily on July 10, 1943. 
  • 80th anniversary of the Battle of Kursk, the largest tank battle in history, on July 13, 1943. 
  • 55th anniversary of Hank Aaron's 500th homer on July 14, 1968. 
  • 225th anniversary of the Sedition Act became law on July 15, 1798.
  • 160th anniversary of the Draft Riots in New York City on July 16, 1863. 
  • 160th anniversary of the assault on Battery Wagner, resulting in the death of Robert Shaw on July 18, 1863. 
  • 175th anniversary of the Seneca Falls Convention on July 19, 1848. 
  • 80th anniversary of the bombing of Rome on July 19, 1943. 
  • 75th anniversary of the Peacetime Draft issued by President Truman on July 20, 1948.
  • 125th anniversary of U.S. Forces invading Puerto Rico on July 25, 1898. 
  • 80th anniversary of the removal of Benito Mussolini from power on July 25, 1943. 
  • 115th anniversary of the FBI on July 26, 1908. 
  • 70th anniversary of the Korean War Armistice on July 27, 1953. 
  • 155th anniversary of the 14th amendment on July 28, 1868. 
  • 65th anniversary of NASA on July 29, 1958.

August

  • 80th anniversary of Operation Tidal Wave on August 1, 1943. 
  • 80th anniversary of the Harlem Riots on August 1, 1943. 
  • 80th anniversary of the sinking of the PT-109 on August 1, 1943. 
  • 65th anniversary of the Nautilus traveling under the South Pole on August 2, 1958.
  • 270th anniversary of Washington becoming a Master Mason on August 3, 1753. 
  • 165th anniversary of the first transatlantic telegraph on August 5, 1858. 
  • 60th anniversary of the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty on August 5, 1963
  • 105th anniversary of the Battle of Amiens on August 8, 1918. 
  • 230th anniversary of the Louvre opening on August 10, 1793. 
  • 125th anniversary of the Spanish-American War ending on August 13, 1898. 
  • 165th anniversary of the Lincoln-Douglas debates on August 21, 1858. 
  • 60th anniversary of the I Have a Dream Speech on August 28, 1963. 
  • 40th anniversary of Guion S. Bluford became the first African-American in space on August 30, 1983. 
  • 60th anniversary of the Washington to Moscow hotline created on August 30, 1963.

September

  • 240th anniversary of the Treaty of Paris ending the Revolutionary War, signed on September 3, 1783.
  • 110th anniversary of America dubbed "Uncle Sam" on September 7, 1813. 
  • 80th anniversary of Italy's surrender on September 8, 1943. 
  • 210th anniversary of the Battle of Lake Erie on September 10, 1813. 
  • 415th anniversary of John Smith was elected as the leader of Jamestown on September 10, 1608. 
  • 45th anniversary of Muhamed Ali winning the World Heavyweight Championship on September 15, 1978. 
  • 60th anniversary of the Birmingham Church Bombing on September 15, 1963. 
  • 165th anniversary of the first transcontinental mail service on September 15, 1858.
  • 230th anniversary of Washington laying the Capital cornerstone on September 18, 1793. 
  • 85th anniversary of the Great New England Hurricane on September 21, 1938. 
  • 105th anniversary of the Meuse-Argonne Offensive on September 26, 1918. 
  • 105th anniversary of the Allied Forces breaking the Hindenberg Line on September 29, 1918.

October

  • 120th anniversary of the first World Series on October 1, 1903. The Pittsburgh Pirates won against the Boston Americans, 7-3. 
  • 115th anniversary of the first Model T on October 1, 1908. 
  • 160th anniversary of President Lincoln declared Thanksgiving a holiday on October 3, 1863. 
  • 105th anniversary of Alvin York's heroics at the Argonne on October 8, 1918. He was later awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions. 
  • 230th anniversary of the Philadelphia Yellow Fever outbreak on October 11, 1793. 
  • 80th anniversary of Italy declaring war on Germany on October 13, 1943. 
  • 100th anniversary of the Walt Disney Company on October 16, 1923. 
  • 230th anniversary of the execution of Marie Antionette on October 17, 1793. 
  • 125th anniversary of the U.S. taking control of Puerto Rico on October 18, 1898. 
  • 85th anniversary of Orson Wells's "War of the Worlds" radio broadcast on October 30, 1938.

November

  • 120th anniversary of the Windshield Wipers, patented by Mary Anderson on November 10, 1903.
  • 105th anniversary of WWI, ending on November 11, 1918. 
  • 45th anniversary of the Jonestown Murders on November 18, 1978. 
  • 160th anniversary of Lincoln delivering the Gettysburg Address on November 19, 1863. 
  • 60th anniversary of the assassination of President Kennedy on November 22, 1963. 
  • 305th anniversary of Black Beard's death on November 22, 1718.
  • 160th anniversary of the Battle of Lookout Mountain on November 24, 1863. 
  • 240th anniversary of the British soldiers leaving New York City on November 25, 1783. 
  • 155th anniversary of the Washita River Massacre on November 27, 1868. 
  • 80th anniversary of the Tehran Conference on November 28, 1943.

December

  • 110th anniversary of the Ford assembly line on December 1, 1913.
  • 200th anniversary of the Monroe Doctrine on December 2, 1823. 
  • 205th anniversary of Illinois entering the Union on December 3, 1818.
  • 240th anniversary of Washington's farewell to his troops on December 4, 1783. 
  • 90th anniversary of the ending of Prohibition on December 5, 1933. 
  • 125th anniversary of the Treaty of Paris ending the Spanish-American War on December 10, 1898. 
  • 245th anniversary of John Jay being elected president of the Continental Congress on December 10, 1778. 
  • 250th anniversary of the Boston Tea Party on December 16, 1773. 
  • 120th anniversary of the first flight on December 17, 1903. 
  • 180th anniversary of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens on December 19, 1843. 
  • 240th anniversary of Washington resigning as Commander in Chief on December 23, 1783. 
  • 100th anniversary of the National Christmas Tree on December 24, 1923. 
  • 50th anniversary of the Endangered Species Act on December 28, 1973. 
  • 230th anniversary of Thomas Paine's arrest in France on December 28, 1793. 
  • 245th anniversary of the British Capture of Savannah on December 29, 1778.

Please email me any anniversaries you think should be considered for this list or any corrections.