What Happened on June 23

Historical Events

  • 930 World's oldest parliament, the Icelandic Parliament, the Alþingi (anglicised as Althing or Althingi), established
  • 1868 Christopher Latham Sholes patents the "Type-writer"
  • 1894 The International Olympic Committee is founded at the Sorbonne, Paris, at the initiative of Baron Pierre de Coubertin
  • 1972 Hurricane Agnes becomes US's costliest natural disaster, effecting 15 states, with 119 deaths, $3 billion damage
  • 1974 1st extraterrestrial message sent from Earth into space
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Did You Know?

Frederick Douglass is 1st African-American nominated for US President

On June 23, 1888

Famous Weddings

  • 1930 Businessman Nelson Rockefeller (21) weds Mary Todhunter Clark
  • 1930 Diplomat Ralph Bunche (25) weds Ruth Harris
  • 1954 Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Ruth Bader Ginsburg (21) weds taxation law expert Martin D. Ginsburg
  • 1967 John Entwistle of rock group Who weds Alison Wise
  • 1996 Five-time Olympic speed skater gold medalist Bonnie Blair (32) weds four-time Olympian Dave Cruikshank (27) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Famous Divorces

  • 1993 Lindsay Wagner (Bionic Woman) files for divorce from Lawrence Mortorff
  • 2016 Actress and singer Mandy Moore and singer-songwriter Ryan Adams divorce after 7 years
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