June 23 Events in History - June 23 Birthdays - June 23 Deaths
2015 Amazon.com joins eBay and others in removing Confederate flag items from its site after last week's shooting of nine African American church members; though part of U.S. Civil War history, the flag is also seen by many as a symbol of racism
2014 Ukrainian rebels honor the government's week-long cease-fire; peace talks were also initiated between the separatists, the ambassador to Russia and an ex-president of the Ukraine standing in for the current administration
2014 'Nympheas', a painting in Claude Monet's 'Water Lilies' series, is auctioned today for a price of $54 million; this is only the second-highest price paid for a Monet - another painting in the series sold in 2008 for $80.3 million at auction
2013 Former President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela, is receiving care for a lung infection that has worsened, leaving him in critical condition
2013 Nik Wallenda completes a high wire walk across a Little Colorado River Gorge near the Grand Canyon
2012 As part of a build-up to the London 2012 Summer Olympics, 100,000 people attend a two-day music concert at Hackney Marshes
2012 During the U.S. selection trials, U.S. track and field athlete Ashton Eaton sets the new world record for the decathlon
2011 It is determined that the 20111 E. coli O104:H4 bacterial outbreak that began in Germany in May 2011 resulted from a combination of two dangerous E. coli strains
2011 Japan's Iwate prefecture experiences a 6.7 magnitude earthquake
2010 At last count, 76 people are dead while hundreds have disappeared after a train crash in the Republic of Congo caused the train to fall into a ravine
1997 Dow Jones drops 192.25 pts
1996 "Tartuffe: Born Again" closes at Circle in Sq New York City after 29 performances
1996 Dottie Pepper wins LPGA Rochester International Golf Tournament
1996 Nintendo 64 goes on sale in Japan
1994 South Africa reclaims its seat in U.N.
1994 Replay shows A's Bobby Witt beat KC's Gagne to 1st in 6th but ump Gary Cedarstrom calls him safe, runing Witt's perfect game
1993 Lindsay Wagner (Bionic Woman) files for divorce from Lawrence Mortorff
1993 U.N. authorizes worldwide oil embargo against Haiti
1992 "Tin Bigha Day" protest in India of corridor opening to Bangladesh
1992 Emmy 19th Daytime Award presentation - Susan Lucci loses for 13th time
1992 Rabin wins Israeli parliamentary election
1991 "Odd Couple" opens and closes at Belasco Theater New York City
1991 "Weird Al" Yankovic records "Babalu Music"
1991 Beth Daniel wins LPGA McDonald's Golf Championship
1991 Mazda becomes 1st Japanese car to capture Le Mans 24 hour race
1990 A rally to save Alien Nation from cancellation held at Statue of Liberty
1990 Moldavia declares independence
1990 Police find marijuana at Chuck Berry's home
1990 TV Guide selects Arsenio Hall as TV personality of year
1990 Zimbabwe beat the Netherlands by 6 wickets to win ICC Trophy
1989 Movie "Batman" premieres
1988 Charlotte Hornets and Miami Heat begin their NBA expansion draft
1988 Yank manager Billy Martin's 5th term ends, Lou Pinella named manager
1986 Pedro Morales swims world record 100m butterfly (52.84)
1986 Tip O'Neill, Representative-D-Massachusetts, refuses to let Reagan address House
1985 Alice Miller wins LPGA Mayflower Golf Classic
1985 Bomb destroys Air India Boeing 747 in air near Ireland, 329 die
1985 Laffit Pincay, Jr. becomes 2nd jockey to win $100 million
1983 Syria throws out PLO leader Arafat
1983 U.S. Supreme Court ruled Congress could not veto presidential decisions
1982 "Cleavage" opens and closes at Playhouse Theater New York City
1982 -117 degrees F; All time low at South Pole
1982 Himmy, of Australia, weighs in at domestic cat record 20.7 kg (45 lb)
1982 Intelligence Identities Protection Act (Public Law 97-200)
1982 Mary Hart joins Entertainment Tonight
1981 "This Was Burlesque" opens at Princess Theater New York City for 28 performances
1981 33 inning game ends, Pawtucket 3, Rochester 2
1981 Amanda Maccaro becomes 1st American to win Russian Ballet Competition
1981 French government of Mauroy forms, with 4 communists
1981 New York City mayor Koch turns down a $7,500 offer to perform comedy
1981 Dave Koza scores Marty Barrett with bases-loaded single in bottom of 33rd inning, Pawtucket beats Rochester 3-2
1980 "David Letterman Show," debuts on NBC-TV daytime
1980 1st solar-powered coast-to-coast two-way radio conversation
1980 West German wins European soccer title (2-1 against Belgium)
1979 Charlie Daniels Band releases "Devil Went Down to Georgia"
1979 Rock group, the Knack releases "My Sharona"
1979 West Indies beat England by 92 runs to win Cricket World Cup
1978 33rd U.S. Women's Open Golf Championship won by Hollis Stacy
1977 13th Mayor's Trophy Game, Mets beat Yankees 6-4
1976 CCN Tower in Toronto, tallest free-standing structure, 555 m, opens
1975 75th U.S. Golf Open: Lou Graham shoots a 287 at Medinah CC ILL
1975 Rocker Alice Cooper falls off stage in Vancouver, breaks 6 ribs
1974 1st extraterrestrial message sent from Earth into space
1974 20th LPGA Championship won by Sandra Haynie
1973 "Cyrano" closes at Palace Theater New York City after 49 performances
1973 "Sugar" closes at Majestic Theater New York City after 506 performances
1973 Phillies Ken Brett 4th consecutive game home run in which he pitched
1972 Hurricane Agnes is costliest natural disaster in American history
1972 Nixon and Haldeman agree to use CIA to cover up Watergate
1972 President Nixon signs act barring sex discrimination in college sports
1971 Phillies Rick Wise no-hits Cincinnati Reds, 4-0
1971 WTVP TV channel 47 in Peoria, IL (PBS) begins broadcasting
1970 "Red Skelton Show," last airs on CBS-TV, moved to NBC-TV
1970 Charles Rangel defeats Adam Clayton Powell in Democratic primary
1970 Rocker Chubby Checker arrested for marijuana possession
1969 French government of Couve de Murville resigns
1969 Joe Frazier TKOs Jerry Quarry in 8 for heavyweight boxing title
1969 Warren E. Burger sworn in as Supreme Court Chief Justice
1967 Jim Ryun sets mile record (3:51.1, Bakersfield CA)
1967 John Entwistle of rock group Who weds Alison Wise
1967 Lyndon Baines Johnson and Alexei Kosygin hold 1st of 2 summit meetings in Glassboro, New Jersey
1967 U.S. Senate censures Thomas J Dodd (D-Ct) for misusing campaign funds
1964 General Maxwell Taylor appointed U.S. ambassador in South Vietnam
1963 63rd U.S. Golf Open: Julius Boros shoots a 293 at The Country Club Mass
1963 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Women's Western Golf Open
1963 New York Mets Jimmy Piersall, hits his 100th home run, he circles bases backwards
1963 President Kennedy tours West-Europe
1962 "Subways Are after Sleeping" closes at St. James New York City after 205 performances
1962 Laos Suvanna Phuma forms government
1962 Larry Doby, retires from Cleveland Indians to play in Japan
1961 Antarctic Treaty goes into effect
1961 Cubs Ernie Banks ends his 717 consecutive-games-played streak
1961 Phillies overcome 9-0, losing 11-2 they score 4 in 8th and 6 in 9th
1961 USAF Major Robert M White takes X-15 to 32,830 m
1960 "Pat Boone Show," last airs on ABC-TV
1960 Japan signs security treaty with the U.S.
1958 Dutch Reformed Church accepts women ministers
1958 Federal judge rules race separation must end in 2 years in Little Rock
1958 Foundation Praemium Erasmianum (Erasmus Prize) established
1956 "Jimmy Durante Show," last airs on NBC-TV
1956 "Transfusion" by Nervous Norvous peaks at #8
1956 Gamal Abdel Nasser elected president of Egypt
1955 Walt Disney's "Lady and the Tramp" released
1954 122 degrees F (50 degrees C), Overton, Nevada (state record until June 29, 1994)
1953 Patty Berg wins LPGA All-American Women Golf Tournament
1952 U.S. airplanes bomb energy centers at Yalu, Korea
1951 British diplomats Guy Burgess and Donald Maclean flee to U.S.S.R.
1951 Most expensive U.S. hailstorm ($1.5M crop damage and $14M property-Kansas)
1950 Swiss parliament refuses voting right for women
1950 Yankees and Tigers hit record 11 home runs, Tigers win 10-9
1950 Indians' Luke Easter hits longest ball in Cleveland Stadium history, 477 feet, into upper deck, Section 4
1949 1st 12 women graduate from Harvard Medical School
1949 Dutch Constellation plunge at Bari in sea, 33 die
1947 Compton and Bill Edrich make 370 stand for 3rd wkt vs. South Africa
1947 Truman's veto of Taft-Hartley Act overridden by congress
1945 77th Belmont: Eddie Arcaro aboard Pavot wins in 2:30.2
1945 Last organized Japanese defiance broken, Tarakan
1944 4 tornadoes strike Appalachia, killing 153
1944 Russian offensive in central front sector
1944 Thomas Mann becomes a U.S. citizen
1943 Dutch artsens protest against nazis
1943 RAF discovers Werner von Brauns V1/V2-base in Peenemunde
1941 Germany occupies Telz Lithuana
1940 Marcel Louette seeks opposition group "White Brigade" on Antwerp
1939 Bronko Nagurski beats Lou Thesz in Houston, to become wrestling champ
1939 France turns over Sanjak of Alexandretta (Hatay) to Turkey
1938 Civil Aeronautics Authority (U.S.) established
1938 Marineland opens in Florida-1st aquarium
1938 New York City Mayor LaGuardia assigns 21 cops to patrol subway
1935 Anthony Eden offers Mussolini, Somalian harbor
1933 Don McNeill's Pepper Pot (Breakfast Club) begins 35 year run on NBC
1932 Lou Gehrig plays 1,103rd successive game in a New York uniform, equaling Joe Sewell's record with one team (Cleveland)
1931 Wiley Post and Harold Catty took off for flight around world
1930 Chicago Cubs beat Philadelphia Phillies 21-8
1927 Lou Gehrig hits 3 home runs in 11-4 victory over Red Sox
1926 8th government of Briand van France forms
1926 Commencement of the West Indies' 1st Test cricket match, at Lord's
1925 British warship fires on Hong Kong harbor strikers
1925 Landslides create 3-mile long "Slide Lake" (Gros Ventre Wyoming)
1924 8 month Twenste textile strike ends
1922 57th British Golf Open: Walter Hagen shoots a 300 at Royal St. George
1919 Nitti government forms in Italy
1918 Boston Red Sox Dutch Leonard's 2nd no-hitter beats Tigers, 5-0
1917 31st U.S. Womens Tennis: Molla Mallory beat Marion Vanderhoef (46 60 62)
1917 Ammunition factory in Boleweg Bohemia explodes, killing 1,000
1917 Ernie Shore replaces Red Sox pitcher Babe Ruth with a runner on, he throws him out and retires all 26 he faces for a perfect game
1915 Yankees get record 16 walks and 3 wild pitches beat A's Bruno Hass, 15-0
1915 Zeb Turner, country-rock performer (Chew Tobacco Rag)
1909 Confessional parties win Dutch parliamentary elections
1902 Gioacchino Rossini's unveils monument to Santa-Croce
1888 Frederick Douglass is 1st African-American nominated for president
1868 Christopher Latham Sholes patents "Type-writer"
1865 At Ft. Towson, General Stand Watie surrenders last sizeable Confederate army
1863 Tullahoma campaign, Tennessee
1860 Congress establishes Government Printing Office
1860 U.S. Secret Service created
1854 Antwerp-Roosendaal railway goes into use
1848 Antoine Joseph Sax patents Saxophone
1848 Bloody insurrection of workers in Paris
1821 Dutch troops conquer Palembang
1810 John Jacob Astor organizes Pacific Fur Co (Astoria, Oregon)
1794 Empress Catherine II grants Jews permission to settle in Kiev
1784 1st U.S. balloon flight, 13 year old Edward Warren
1776 Final draft of Declaration of Independence submitted to U.S. Congress
1775 1st regatta held on Thames, England
1760 Battle of Landshut Silesia: Austria beats Prussia
1757 Robert Clive defeats Indians at Plassey, wins control of Bengal
1724 Russia and Turkey sign Treaty of Constantinople
1683 William Penn signs friendship treaty with Lenni Lenape indians in Pennsylvania; only treaty "not sworn to, nor broken"
1661 Marriage contract for Charles II of England and Catharina of Portugal
1658 Dutch troops occupy last Portugese Fort Jafnapatnam Ceylon
1611 Henry Hudson set adrift in Hudson Bay by mutineers on his ship Discovery and never seen again
1585 Spanish army under Tassis beats Amerongen Staatse troops
1532 Henry VIII and Francois I signs secret treaty against emperor Karel V
1305 French-Flemish peace treaty signed at Athis-sur-Orge
1298 Duke Albrecht von Habsburg chosen Roman Catholic German king
1295 Pope Boniface VIII enters Rome
930 World's oldest parliament, the Iceland Parliament, established