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On This Day in History - 23rd June

Birthdays

1763Josephine de Beauharnais, Wife of Napoleon
1910Jean Anouilh, French playwright
1912Alan Turing, Founder of computer science
1925Miriam Karlin, Actress
1927John Habgood, Archbishop of York
1936Bert Convy, American actor
1940Adam Faith, Singer and actor

Events

1848The saxophone was patented by Adolphe Sax
1911King George V of Britain was crowned
1951British diplomats Donald Maclean and Guy Burgess, two soviet spies, fled to the USSR
1956Colonel Nasser was elected as President in Egypt
1962A ceasefire in Laos, Asia, was announced
1968A stampede at an Argentinian football match left 73 dead
1973The Pope opened the vatican gallery of modern art
1986The US Justice Department announced that employees with AIDS could be fired
1989The West Midlands Serious Crime Squad was disbanded