On This Day

On This Day in History for June 23 (Part 2)

Events in History

  • 1973 World Court condemns French nuclear tests in the Pacific
  • 1974 1st extraterrestrial message sent from Earth into space
  • 1976 CCN Tower in Toronto, tallest free-standing structure (555 m) opens
  • 1976 The U.S. vetoes Angola’s application for membership of the United Nations Security
  • 1977 Violence erupts in Soweto, South Africa, again and the police make at least 146 arrests
  • 1979 Charlie Daniels Band releases "The Devil Went Down to Georgia"
  • 1979 Supertramp's "Breakfast in America" becomes No. 1 album in the US featuring "Take the Long Way Home"
  • 1980 1st solar-powered coast-to-coast two-way radio conversation

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1980 South African Prime Minister P. W. Botha warns the country that confrontation will be inevitable if his proposed President's Council fails

President of South Africa P. W. Botha
President of South Africa
P. W. Botha
  • 1981 Amanda Maccaro becomes 1st American to win Russian Ballet Competition
  • 1981 French government of Mauroy forms, with 4 communists
  • 1982 "Cleavage" opens and closes at Playhouse Theater NYC
  • 1982 -117°F; All time low at South Pole
  • 1982 Himmy, of Australia, weighs in at domestic cat record 20.7 kg (45 lb)
  • 1982 US pass the Intelligence Identities Protection Act (Public Law 97-200)
  • 1983 Syria throws out PLO leader Arafat

  • 1983 US Supreme Court ruled Congress could not veto presidential decisions

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

1983 Solidarity leader Lech Wałęsa meets Pope John Paul II during papal visit to Poland

Polish Politician and Labor Activist Lech Wałęsa
Polish Politician and Labor Activist
Lech Wałęsa
264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • 1985 Bomb destroys Air India Boeing 747 in air near Ireland, 329 die

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1986 Tip O'Neill refuses to let President Reagan address House

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • 1990 A rally to save Alien Nation from cancellation held at Statue of Liberty
  • 1990 Moldavia declares independence
  • 1990 Zimbabwe beat the Netherlands by 6 wickets to win ICC Trophy

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1990 African National Congress leader Nelson Mandela, on a US tour, receives a tumultuous welcome in Boston

Anti-apartheid activist and South African President Nelson Mandela
Anti-apartheid activist and South African President
Nelson Mandela
  • 1991 "Odd Couple" opens & closes at Belasco Theater NYC
  • 1991 A peace summit, brokered by the clergy and business and attended by all major political parties, but boycotted by the Conservative Party, is held to end the violence in South Africa
  • 1992 "Tin Bigha Day" protest in India of corridor opening to Bangladesh

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

1992 Yitzhak Rabin wins Israeli parliamentary election

5th Prime Minister of Israel Yitzhak Rabin
5th Prime Minister of Israel
Yitzhak Rabin
  • 1993 Lorena Gallo Bobbitt amputates husband's John Wayne Bobbitt's penis
  • 1993 United Nations authorizes worldwide oil embargo against Haiti

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

1993 Nigeria's military dictator, General Ibrahim Babangida, annuls results of presidential elections and halts a return to democracy

General and President of Nigeria Ibrahim Babangida
General and President of Nigeria
Ibrahim Babangida
  • 1994 South Africa reclaims its seat in United Nations
  • 1994 Opération Turquoise: 2,500 French troops head into Rwanda to protect civilians under the mandate of the United Nations
  • 1994 Moshood Abiola is accused of treason and arrested after declaring himself president of Nigeria
  • 1996 Nintendo 64 goes on sale in Japan

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1996 Archbishop Tutu retires as Archbishop of Cape Town and head of the Anglican Church in South Africa

Anglican Archbishop and Activist Desmond Tutu
Anglican Archbishop and Activist
Desmond Tutu

  • 1997 Dow Jones drops 192.25 pts
  • 1997 In the Central African Republic, soldiers fire on foreign peacekeepers in the third major rebellion since May
  • 2000 The bulk ore carrier MV Treasure sinks off the western coast of South Africa, soiling more than 19 000 penguins; this resulted in the world's largest ever rescue of birds from an oiling event
  • 2000 The Cotonou Agreement, a trade and aid framework, is signed in Cotonou, Benin

AppointmentAppointment of Interest

2009 Akio Toyoda is confirmed as the new President of the Toyota Motor Corporation

President of Toyota Motor Corporation Akio Toyoda
President of Toyota Motor Corporation
Akio Toyoda
  • 2012 Greece proposes to slow down austerity measures by two years
  • 2012 A coach crashes in Croatia killing 8 Czech tourists and injuring 44
  • 2012 76 monks are hospitalized in Thailand following an attack by a swarm of bees
  • 2013 9 tourists and 1 tour guide are killed after gunmen storm a hotel near Nanga Parbat, Pakistan
  • 2013 18 Romanians are killed and 32 are injured after a bus crash in Montenegro

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2014 Claude Monet's Water Lilies is sold at auction for US$54 million

Impressionist Painter Claude Monet
Impressionist Painter
Claude Monet
  • 2014 Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz is re-elected President of Mauritania
  • 2016 Ceasefire agreement signed between Colombian government and Farc rebels - ending more than 50 years of conflict

Important VoteBritain Votes for Brexit

2016 Brexit referendum: United Kingdom votes to leave the European Union

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Counting gets underway in the UK referendum on membership in the European Union
Counting gets underway in the UK referendum on membership in the European Union
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  • 2016 Storms and widespread flooding in West Virginia leave at least 24 dead
  • 2017 Saudi Arabia and allies, Egypt, UAE and Bahrain issue list of 13 conditions to Qatar in return for lifting sanctions, including closing Al Jazeera TV
  • 2017 Landslide in Xinmo village, Sichuan province, China kills 15 with more than 100 missing

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2017 "Bridge Over Troubled Water" single organized by Simon Cowell for those affected by Grenfell tower fire reaches No. 1 in UK charts

Recording Executive Simon Cowell
Recording Executive
Simon Cowell
  • 2018 Violent clashes over several days between ethnic Berom farmers and Fulani herders in Plateau state, Nigeria, kill 86

MurderAssassination Attempt

2018 Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa survives probable assassination attempt after blast at election rally in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe kills 2 and injures nearly 50

President of Zimbabwe Emmerson Mnangagwa
President of Zimbabwe
Emmerson Mnangagwa
  • 2018 Laura Ingalls Wilder's name removed from book award by US Association for Library Service to Children, becuase of author's racist views and language

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2018 Explosion at a rally in Addis Ababa after speech by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed kills two and injures 150

Prime Minister of Ethiopia Abiy Ahmed
Prime Minister of Ethiopia
Abiy Ahmed
  • 2018 12 boys and their coach are stranded in Tham Luang Nang Non cave, Thailand by monsoon flooding, prompting an international rescue effort when they are discovered 9 days later
  • 2019 Biggest protests in Prague since the fall of communism against Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis, with estimated 250,000 in Letna Plain park
  • 2019 Turkey's ruling AK party lose the re-run of Istanbul's mayoral election to Ekrem Imamoglu of the Republican People's Party
  • 2020 Germany locks down a second area after a spike in COVID-19 cases in Gütersloh and Warendorf, North Rhine-Westphalia, affecting half a million people
  • 2020 COVID-19 cases rise sharply again in America as country records its 3rd highest daily total, more than 35,000
  • 2020 125 pilots grounded by Pakistan International Airlines after revelations many had cheated in exams or held fake licenses
  • 2021 Rembrandt's masterpiece "The Night Watch" seen in its entirety for first time in 300 years after AI used to fill in pieces trimmed at the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
  • 2021 US Supreme Court rules in favor of teen kicked off cheerleading team after profane social media post, saying school violated her free speech [1]

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