Historical Events for July 23

0636 – Arabs gain control of most of Palestine from Byzantine Empire
1599 – Caravaggio’s 1st public commission for paintings
1880 – 1st commercial hydroelectric power planet begins, Grand Rapids, Mich
1827 – 1st U.S. swim school opens (Boston Mass)
1829 – In the United States, William Austin Burt patents the Typographer, a precursor to the typewriter.
1840 – Union Act passed by British Parliament, uniting Upper and Lower Canada
1877 – 1st telephone and telegraph line in Hawaii completed
1881 – The Federation Internationale de Gymnastique, the world’s oldest international sport federation, is founded.
1903 – Ford Motor Company sells its first car.
1904 – Ice cream cone created by Charles E Menches during La Purchase Expo
1926 – Fox Film buys the patents of the Movietone sound system for recording sound onto film.
1962 – Telstar relays the first live trans-Atlantic television signal.
1965 – Beatles “Help” is released in UK
1974 – Greek military dictatorship collapses
1995 – Comet Hale-Bopp is discovered and is visibly seen with a naked eye nearly a year later.

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