On July 23

Is there life outside of planet Earth? On this day in history, 2015, NASA announced that they had found the most Earth-like planet yet. And it’s only 1400 light-years away! July 23 seems to be a day in history full of new and wondrous discoveries and space-age travel that would make The Jetsons, proud. 

Famous Historical Events

1253: Pope Innocent the Fourth (what a guy) expelled the Jewish community from Vienne France. On this same day in that age of medieval history, 1298, the Jewish community of Wurzburg Germany is massacred. 

1599: Caravaggio’s 1st public commission for paintings is declared. Caravaggio goes on to become one of the most prolific and famous painters of the late Renaissance and early baroque ages. His paintings were so popular, they commanded millions of dollars in today’s money. Late in his career, Caravaggio was wanted for murder and spent his last years on the run, carrying with him a cache of expensive, one-of-a-kind paintings. His death and final resting place are still a mystery to this day. 


1887: The first telephone and telegraph line in Hawaii opens. To this day, Hawaii is still a bit isolated from the rest of the country and boasts one of the highest cost-of-living indexes in the U.S. It’s not cheap to have to ship everything into the state. 

first telephone and telegraph line in Hawaii

1914: Serbia is presented with an ultimatum from Austria-Hungary, which makes peacekeeping efforts between the two nations difficult. We all know how that went. WWI took the lives of over 37 million military members and civilians over the course of four years. 


1962: The first transatlantic television signal is produced – Telstar 1. The communications satellite’s first signal took the form of a show that featured the late Walter Cronkite, one of the country’s most-trusted news broadcasters. 

Telstar 1

1972: Landsat 1 is launched. It is the first satellite in the U.S. LANDSAT program, and the satellite’s discovery of an uninhabited Canadian island gave the land its namesake – Landsat Island. 

1982: Commercial whaling is restricted, then finally banned in 1986. A further 25 countries vote to place restrictions on commercial whale hunting.

commercial whale hunting

1995: Alan Hale and Thomas Bopp discover the Comet Hale-Bopp. Hale-Bopp is one of the most viewed comets in history, and also considered one of the brightest. As the comet approached Earth, it shone brightest in the Northern hemisphere in 1997 and could be seen with the naked eye for 18 months straight. In the scientific community, Hale-Bopp is known as C/1995 O1. 

Comet Hale-Bopp

Famous Birthdays

1973: Monica Lewinsky

Unfortunately for Lewinsky, youthful indiscretions have given her a claim to fame as sticky as gum that attaches firmly to the bottom of one’s shoe. Lewinsky is well-known for having an affair with then-president Bill Clinton. Lewinsky was in her early twenties, and Clinton was almost thirty years her senior when the incident occurred. 

Monica Lewinsky

1989: Daniel Radcliffe

Radcliffe is a British actor who starred as the lead role in the film adaptation of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter novels. Radcliffe has since gone on to act in films and plays, receiving critical acclaim. 

Daniel Radcliffe

Famous Deathdays

2011: Amy Winehouse

Winehouse only lived to join the ranks of the “27 Club,” but her musical accomplishments and unparalleled talent earned her six music awards and eight nominations. Unfortunately, her struggles with drug and alcohol abuse often overshadowed her artistic achievements. 

Amy Winehouse

July 23, on this day in history, was full of the accomplishments of both actors, singers, and satellites. Check back on this day again next year to see what other trouble humanity has managed to get into.

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