This Day In History : July 23

1962 United States

The International Agreement on the Neutrality of Laos is signed

The International Agreement on the Neutrality of Laos was signed on July 23, 1962. This agreement, also known as the Geneva Accord, was part of the efforts to ensure the neutrality of Laos during the Cold War. It was signed by representatives of 14 nations, including the United States, the Soviet Union, China, and other countries with interests in the region.

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Births on This Day, July 23
  • 1952 Mark David Weiser

    American computer scientist and visionary who was the chief technology officer at XEROX PARC

  • 1886 Walter Schottky

    German physicist (Thermodynamik)

  • 1856 Bal Gangadhar Tilak

    Indian scholar, mathematician, philosopher, and militant nationalist who helped lay the foundation for India's independence

  • 1828 Sir Jonathan Hutchinson

    English surgeon and pathologist who made a lifelong study of congenital syphilis

  • 1927 Elliot McKay See Jr

    American engineer and NASA astronaut

Deaths on This Day, July 23
  • 1875 Isaac Singer

    American businessman who founded the Singer Corporation

  • 2012 Sally Ride

    American astronaut and 1st American woman in space

  • 1968 Henry Hallett Dale

    English physiologist (1938 Noble Prize for Medicine or Physiology for work on acetylcholine)

  • 1942 Valdemar Poulsen

    Danish engineer who invented devices for radio broadcasting

  • 1916 William Ramsay

    Scottish chemist who discovered noble gases (Nobel 1904), discovered neon


NASA announces discovery of Kepler-452b by Kepler

NASA announced the discovery of Kepler-452b by the Kepler space telescope on July 23, 2015.

The Ford Motor Company sells its first car

The first Ford car, known as the Model A, was sold on July 23, 1903, to Dr. Ernst Pfenning of Chicago, Illinois. This event marked the beginning of Ford Motor Company's journey in the automobile industry.

1st US swimming school opens (Boston, Massachusetts)

The first swimming school in the United States was opened by German immigrant Francis Lieber in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1827. Lieber was a scholar and educator who introduced various swimming techniques and emphasized the importance of learning to swim for safety and physical fitness.

Communist Party of China (CPC) is formed

The Communist Party of China (CPC) was formed on July 23, 1921, in Shanghai, China. This founding meeting took place in a house in the French Concession area of Shanghai and was attended by a small group of Chinese intellectuals and Marxist revolutionaries, including Chen Duxiu and Li Dazhao, who are considered the principal founders of the CPC.
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