2023

Facts and Events That Happened in This Year

Dec 26

The Detroit Pistons NBA team broke records after losing their 27th consecutive basketball game.

Dec 19

The Supreme Court of Colorado ruled that Donald Trump is ineligible to run again for President.

Dec 14

The European Union formally opened accession negotiations with Ukraine.

Dec 6

Taylor Swift was named Time Magazine's Person of the Year.

Nov 28

A Virgin Airlines plane became the first to fly using 100% sustainable jet fuel.

Nov 24

A four-day ceasefire in Gaza between Hamas and Israeli forces began.

Nov 10

Colombia began a campaign to sterilize Pablo Escobar's wild hippos.

Nov 1

Collins Dictionary announced 'AI' as the most notable word in 2023.

Oct 30

US President Joe Biden signed an executive order to guide the use of AI within federal agencies.

Oct 13

Microsoft purchased Activision Blizzard in a record-breaking $69 billion takeover.

Oct 8

Israel formally declared war on Hamas following a surprise attack by Hamas operatives in Israeli-controlled territory.

Oct 5

Research into fossil footprints at White Sands National Park in New Mexico confirmed humans were in the Americas at least 21,000 years ago.

Aug 28

Greta Gerwig's Barbie became Warner Bros. highest-grossing film of all time with $1.34 billion in revenue.

Aug 24

Donald Trump became the first former US President to have their mug shot taken.

Aug 23

India became the fourth nation to successfully land a spacecraft on the Moon.

Aug 19

Russia's Luna 25 lunar lander mission crash-landed on the Moon.

Aug 10

Two rival driverless taxi companies were given approval to operate 24/7 in San Francisco, California.

Jul 26

Niger President Mohamed Bazoum was removed from office by a military coup.

Jul 22

Good Vibes Festival was canceled after The 1975's lead singer kissed his bandmate on stage in protest of Malaysia's anti-LGBTQIA+ laws.

Jul 21

Greta Gerwig's Barbie and Christopher Nolan's Oppenheimer opened in cinemas.

Jul 8

Elton John ended his touring career with a final concert in Stockholm, Sweden.

Jul 3

Greta Gerwig's Barbie film was banned in Vietnam.

Jun 30

Harrison returned to our screens for 'Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny.'

Jun 16

The rules for the Grammy Awards were updated to restrict AI-generated songs.

Jun 11

Uruguay defeated Italy 1-0 in La Plata, Argentina, to win their first FIFA U-20 World Cup.

Jun 8

Former US President Donald Trump was formally accused of mishandling classified documents.

Jun 3

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was sworn in for his third term as Turkey’s President.

May 25

The FDA gave Elon Musk the go-ahead to trial his Neuralink brain implants on humans.

May 14

Loreen claimed victory for Sweden at the 67th Eurovision Song Contest with her song 'Tattoo.'

May 4

Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher was posthumously awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

May 2

The Writers Guild of America went on strike after a labor dispute.

May 1

Geoffrey Hinton, the 'Godfather of AI,' resigned from Google amidst growing concerns over AI.

Apr 29

Legendary country musician Willie Nelson held a two-day music concert for his 90th birthday party.

Apr 20

SpaceX's Starship rocket exploded four minutes into its first full flight test.

Apr 13

The FBI arrested US Air National Guardsman Jack Teixeria for leaking classified documents.

Apr 4

Finland officially joined NATO, becoming the 31st member of the security alliance.

Apr 3

NASA announced the astronauts for the first trip to the moon in over 50 years.

Mar 31

Italy banned the use of OpenAI's ChatGPT over data security concerns.

Mar 17

The International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant against Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Mar 14

OpenAI released GPT-4, an upgraded version of their popular artificial intelligence chatbot.

Mar 10

King Charles III of Britain named Prince Edward as the Duke of Edinburgh.

Mar 9

The US record industry reported that for the first time since 1987, sales of vinyl records exceeded CD sales.

Feb 28

The FBI publicly confirmed that they believed COVID-19 originated in a lab in Wuhan, China.

Feb 25

Gabriella Gerhardt set a Guinness World Record for the largest four-leaf clover collection, with a total of 118,791 clovers.

Feb 11

The Armenian-Turkish land border opened for the first time in 35 years.

Feb 6

Turkey and Syria were struck by a catastrophic 7.8 magnitude earthquake that killed 59,259 people.

Feb 4

The US Military shot down a Chinese high-altitude surveillance balloon.

Feb 1

Legendary rock singer Ozzy Osbourne announced his retirement from touring.

Jan 24

The Doomsday Clock was set at 90 seconds to midnight after new escalations in Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Jan 20

Buzz Aldrin, the second man to set foot on the Moon, married Anca Faur on his 93rd birthday.

Jan 19

Jacinda Arden resigned as the Prime Minister of New Zealand.

Jan 10

The UK's Prince Harry published Spare, his tell-all memoir on his upbringing with the Royal Family.