Today’s History Spotlight
Charles Lindbergh testifies before US Congress. Lindbergh was a famed aviator who won the Ortega Prize for conducting a nonstop flight from New York to Paris. This took 33 ½ hours and was the world’s first solo transatlantic flight.
In 1932, Lindbergh’s son was kidnapped, and the incident was referred to as the “Crime of the Century.” His son was later found deceased. Lindbergh’s testimony consisted of him pleading with Congress to seek neutrality with Nazi Germany and basing his stance on an isolationist ideology.
What Happened On This Day – January 23
- 1986 The first artists are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Among the first inductees were Ray Charles, James Brown, and Elvis Presley.
- 1960 The Trieste dives to a record depth of 10,911 meters (35,797 ft). Jacques Piccard and Don Walsh reached the bottom of Challenger Deep, the Earth’s deepest known point.
- 1957 Walter Frederick Morrison sells the rights to his flying disc to the Wham-O toy company. Today, the Frisbee is used around the world as both a toy and as part of flying disc games, such as Ultimate.
- 1950 Israel claims Jerusalem as its capital. Despite international protests, the Knesset passed a resolution stating that the divided city will be the country’s capital.
- 1556 The deadliest earthquake on record kills some 830,000 people. The epicenter was in the Wei River Valley in Shaanxi Province, China.
Births On This Day – January 23
- 1984 Arjen Robben – Dutch footballer
- 1926 Bal Thackeray – Indian politician
- 1919 Ernie Kovacs – American comedian, actor
- 1897 Subhas Chandra Bose – Indian politician, activist
- 1737 John Hancock – American politician, 1st Governor of Massachusetts
Deaths On This Day – January 23
- 2005 Johnny Carson – American television host
- 2002 Pierre Bourdieu – French sociologist
- 1989 Salvador Dalí – Spanish painter
- 1986 Joseph Beuys – German sculptor, illustrator
- 1944 Edvard Munch – Norwegian painter
The sections “What Happened On This Day,” “Births On This Day,” and “Deaths On This Day” originally appeared at TimeandDate.com and is republished with permission. ©All rights reserved.
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