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1726Benjamin Franklin sails back to Philadelphia

1798Napoleon captures Alexandria, Egypt

1925NY Yankee Lou Gehrig hits his 1st of 23 career grand slammers

1934Bradman completes 304 at Headingley, 430 mins, 43 fours 2 sixes

1938Bradman scores 103 in 178 mins on a Headingley sticky, 3rd Test

1942Hitler's Directive #45: order to occupy Stalingrad

1946Menachem Begin's Zionist militant group Irgun bombs the King David Hotel, the then British administrative headquarters for Palestine

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

1959VP Richard Nixon begins visit on USSR

196015th US Women's Open Golf Championship won by Betsy Rawls

1961Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Cosmopolitan Golf Open

1972Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Raleigh Golf Classic

1976Balt Oriole Reggie Jackson homers in 6th straight game

1978Reggie Jackson returns & helps Yankees win their 5th straight

1979George Brett gets his 1,000th hit

1980River of No Return Wilderness Area designated by Jimmy Carter

1995124th British Golf Open: John Daly shoots a 282 at St Andrews Scotland

2000129th British Golf Open: Tiger Woods shoots a 269 at Royal Lytham

On This Day In History
Date Event
Jul 23, 636
Arabs gain control of most of Palestine from Byzantine Empire 
Jul 23, 685
John V begins his reign as Catholic Pope 
Jul 23, 1148
Crusaders attack Damascus 
Jul 23, 1215
Frederick II crowned King of the Romans (King of the Germans) in Aachen 
Jul 23, 1253
Jews are expelled from Vienne France by order of Pope Innocent IV 
Jul 23, 1298
Rindfleisch Persecutions - Jewish community in Wurzburg Germany massacred 
Jul 23, 1431
G Cesarini opens Counsil of Basel (Ferrara/Florence) 
Jul 23, 1453
Battle at Gavere: Philip the Good beats Gentse rebellion 
Jul 23, 1532
Emperor Charles V and the Schmalkaldic League sign Peace of Nuremberg 
Jul 23, 1540
Turkey recognizes Janos Sigismund Zapolyai as vassal-king of Hungary 
Jul 23, 1558
Battle of Grevelingen: Gen/earl Lamoraal of Egmont beat France 
Jul 23, 1572
William of Orange's troops occupy Roermond on the Spanjaarden 
Jul 23, 1594
Groningen surrenders to earl Mauritius/Willem Louis 
Jul 23, 1599
Caravaggio's 1st public commission for paintings 
Jul 23, 1632
Three hundred colonists bound for New France depart from Dieppe, France. 
Jul 23, 1664
4 British ships to drive Dutch out of NY, arrive in Boston 
Jul 23, 1726
Benjamin Franklin sails back to Philadelphia 
Jul 23, 1745
Charles Stuart, the Younger, lands at Eriskay Island, Hebrides 
Jul 23, 1764
James Otis publishes views on taxation without representation 
Jul 23, 1793
The Prussians conquer Mayence. 
Jul 23, 1798
Napoleon captures Alexandria, Egypt 
Jul 23, 1803
Robert Emmett leads rebellion in Dublin 
Jul 23, 1812
Battle of Mogilev Russia-Napoleon fights Tsar Alexander I 
Jul 23, 1827
1st US swimming school opens (Boston Mass) 
Jul 23, 1829
William Austin Burt patents "typographer" (typewriter) 
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