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Eye of the Optimist- historical events on October 23

It has been really discouraging to read the news lately, so, once again, I have tried to dig up socially positive news on this day in history. Once again, I am struck by the concentration on military, and sports history by historians that write history and the bias of the US sites that make and contribute the history websites. There is not even much medical history. I have tried to pick out some social news or political news of social priority, according to my own views and preferences.

On October 23 in history:

  • 4004 BCAccording to 17th century divine James Ussher, Archbishop of Armagh, and Dr. John Lightfoot of Cambridge, the world was created on this day, a Sunday, at 9 a.m.
  • 1707The first Parliament of Great Britain meets.1783Virginia emancipates slaves who fought for independence during the Revolutionary War.
  • 1760 First Jewish prayer books printed in North America
  • 1790 Slaves revolt in Haiti (later suppressed)
  • 1803 English physicist John Dalton reads his essay on the absorption of gases by water and presents a series of atomic weights for 21 simple and compound elements at a meeting of the Manchester Literary and Philosophical Society
  • 1867 72 Senators are summoned by Royal Proclamation to serve as the first members of the Canadian Senate.
  • 1915 25,000 women march in New York City demanding right to vote
  • 1910 Blanche Scott becomes the first woman to fly at a public event in the US at Fort Wayne, Indiana.
  • 1947 NAACP petition on racism "An Appeal to the World" presented to UN
  • 1947 Husband & wife Dr Carl Cori & Dr Gerty Cori are 1st spouses to be awarded joint Nobel Prizes
  • 1952The Nobel Prize for Medicine is awarded to Ukranian-born microbiologist Selmart A. Waksman for his discovery of an effective treatment of tuberculosis.
  • 1953 France grants Laos' sovereignty
  • 1954 Britain, France & USSR agree to end occupation of Germany
  • 1956 First video recording on magnetic tape televised coast-to-coast

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