On This Day: July 23rd

July 23rd:

1840- Union Act passed by British Parliament, uniting Upper & Lower Canada

1829- William Austin Burt patents America’s first “typographer” (typewriter)

1726- Benjamin Franklin sails back to Philadelphia

1858- Jewish Disabilities Removal Act passed by British Parliament

1872- African American inventor Elijah McCoy is granted a patent for lubricators for steam-engines

1877- 1st US municipal railroad, Cincinnati Southern, begins operations

1904- Ice cream cone created during St Louis World Fair – the 1st cone reputedly by Charles E. Menches

1942- Adolf Hitler’s Directive number 45: order for army to advance on Stalingrad

1956- Joe Cronin & Hank Greenberg inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame

1961- American opera singer Grace Bumbry becomes the first black singer to perform at the Bayreuth Festival, Germany, she earns 42 curtain calls

1966- Frank Sinatra’s album “Strangers In The Night” is No. 1 on the US charts, (Grammy for Record Of The Year and Best Male Vocal Performance)

1973- US President Richard Nixon refuses to release Watergate tapes of conversations in the White House relevant to the Watergate investigation

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