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Today In History - January 23

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Today in History in 1849 Mrs. Elizabeth Blackwell became the first woman physician in the U.S.; in 1930 the George Washington Birthplace National Monument was established in Virginia; and in 1978 Sweden became the first nation in the world to ban aerosol sprays, believed to be damaging to earth's ozone layer.

Our on this day in history archives contain over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:

Historical Events

  • 971 - In China, the war elephant corps of the Southern Han are soundly defeated at Shao by crossbow fire from Song Dynasty troops. The Southern Han state is forced to submit to the Song Dynasty, ending Southern Han rule, also first regular war elephant corps employed in Chinese army
  • 1368 - In a coronation ceremony, Zhu Yuanzhang ascends to the throne of China as the Hongwu Emperor, initiating Ming Dynasty rule over China that would last for three centuries.
  • 1556 - Shaanxi Earthquake - deadliest ever recorded kills 830,000 in Shensi Province, China
  • 1571 - Queen Elizabeth I of England opens Royal Exchange in London
  • 1849 – Mrs. Elizabeth Blackwell becomes 1st woman physician in US
  • 1853 - John Wilkes Booth is baptized at St. Timothy's Protestant Episcopal Church
  • 1899 - Emilio Aguinaldo is sworn in as President of the First Philippine Republic.
  • 1930 - George Washington Birthplace National Monument, Va. Established
  • 1943 - Duke Ellington plays at Carnegie Hall in New York City for the first time.
  • 1950 - Israeli Knesset resolves Jerusalem is capital of Israel
  • 1973 - US President Nixon announces an accord has been reached to end Vietnam War
  • 1978 - Sweden becomes the first nation in the world to ban aerosol sprays, believed to be damaging to earth's ozone layer.
  • 1979 - Willie Mays elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
  • 1991 - "Seinfeld" debuts on NBC-TV
  • 2005 - "Numbers", starring Rob Morrow and David Krumholtz, debuts on CBS

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Famous Birthdays

  • 1737 - John Hancock, merchant/statesman, (1st to sign Declaration of Independence), (d. 1793)
  • 1897 - Sir William Samuel Stephenson, Canadian soldier, W.W.II codename, Intrepid. Inspiration for James Bond. (d. 1989)
  • 1898 - Randolph Scott, actor (Last of the Mohicans, Western Union)
  • 1959 - Tyrone Power Jr, actor (Shag), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1964 - Mariska Hargitay, actress (Jesse Smith-Downtown, ER, Law & Order), born in Santa Monica, California

Famous Weddings

  • 1906 - Composer Igor Stravinsky (23) weds Yekaterina Nosenko
  • 1999 - Princess of Monaco Caroline (42) weds dynastic head of the House of Hanover and Britain's King George I descendant Prince Ernst August (45) in Monaco

Famous Deaths

  • 1800 - Edward Rutledge, US attorney (signed Declaration of Independence), dies at 50
  • 1944 - Edvard Munch, Norwegian painter (The Scream), dies at 80
  • 1989 - Salvador Dalí, Catalan artist (b. 1904)
  • 1993 - Thomas A Dorsey, jazz pianist (Take My Hand, Precious Lord), dies
  • 2011 - Jack LaLanne, American fitness and nutritional expert (b. 1914)

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