What Happened on June 23

Significant Events

  • 930 World's oldest parliament, the Icelandic Parliament, the Alþingi (anglicised as Althing or Althingi), established
  • 1868 Christopher Latham Sholes patents the typewriter with a QWERTY keyboard
  • 1960 1st contraceptive pill is made available for purchase in the U.S.
  • 1972 Hurricane Agnes becomes America's costliest natural disaster, effecting 15 states, with 119 deaths and $3 billion in damage
  • 1974 1st extraterrestrial message sent from Earth into space
  • 2016 Brexit referendum: United Kingdom votes to leave the European Union
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June 23 in Sport

  • 1894 The International Olympic Committee is founded at the Sorbonne, Paris, at the initiative of Baron Pierre de Coubertin
  • 2003 Barry Bonds steals second base against the LA Dodgers, becoming the first player in MLB history to have 500 career homers and 500 steals

Did You Know?

First editions of "The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent." by Washington Irving released, featuring story "Rip Van Winkle"

On June 23, 1819


Would You Believe?

Longest game in Professional Baseball: Pawtucket Red Sox finally beat Rochester Red Wings 3-2 in 33 innings (game began 18th April)

On June 23, 1981

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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