This Day – July 23 – In History!

History is the witness of the past, the light of the truth, the living memory, the teacher of life, the messenger of antiquity. – Marcus Tullius Cicero

History is just simply having the life of the dead in the memory of the living, as the past should serve as a lesson to the future, in an effort to attain the best possible life. It is a way to learn from mistakes that you have not even committed.

On this Day:

685 – John V begins his reign as Catholic Pope

1215 – Frederick II crowned King of the Romans (King of the Germans) in Aachen

1798 – Napoleon captures Alexandria, Egypt

1827 – 1st US swimming school opens in Boston, Massachusetts

1829 – William Austin Burt patents America’s first “typographer” (typewriter)

1840 – Union Act passed by British Parliament, uniting Upper & Lower Canada

1872 – African American inventor Elijah McCoy is granted a patent for lubricators for steam-engines

1904 – Ice cream cone created during St Louis World Fair – the 1st cone reputedly by Charles E. Menches

1944 – Conference of Bretton Woods signed; IMF operations begin

1952 – The Free Officers, a military group led by Colonel Gamal Abdel Nasser, overthrew King Farouk I of Egypt, ending the monarchy

1961 – American opera singer Grace Bumbry becomes the first black singer to perform at the Bayreuth Festival, Germany, she earns 42 curtain calls

1966 – Frank Sinatra’s album “Strangers In The Night” is No. 1 on the US charts, (Grammy for Record Of The Year and Best Male Vocal Performance)

1995 – Comet Hale-Bopp is discovered and becomes visible to the naked eye nearly a year later

1997 – Slobodan Milošević became president of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (comprising Serbia and Montenegro) after serving as president of Serbia from 1989

2000 – British Open Men’s Golf, Royal Lytham & St. Annes: Tiger Woods beats Thomas Bjørn and Ernie Els by 8 shots to win his first Open title; becomes youngest player at 24 to win all 4 major titles

2010 – One Direction is formed during the X Factor show as Niall Horan, Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Zayn Malik and Louis Tomlinson join together

2015 – NASA’s Kepler mission announces discovery of the most Earth-like planet yet – Kepler-452b, 1,400 light years from Earth

2019 – Boris Johnson is chosen the new British Prime Minister by the ruling Conservative Party to replace Theresa May

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