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#TodayInHistory – January 23

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January 23 – Some important events on this day

971 ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ War elephant corps of the Southern Han defeated at Shao by crossbow fire from Song Dynasty troops; Southern Han state forced to submit to the Song Dynasty. 1st regular war elephant corps in Chinese army
1368 ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ In a coronation ceremony, Zhu Yuanzhang ascends to the throne of China as the Hongwu Emperor, initiating Ming Dynasty rule over China that would last for three centuries.
1556 ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ Shaanxi Earthquake, the deadliest ever recorded, kills 830,000 in Shaanxi Province, China
1656 ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ French philosopher and theologian Blaise Pascal publishes the first of his Lettres provinciales
1719 ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ Liechtenstein became a sovereign member state of the Holy Roman Empire.

1795 ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ War of the First Coalition: French cavalry captures 14 Dutch ships and 850 guns near the port of Den Helder – rare instance of cavalry capturing a fleet.
One of the more bizarre accomplishments in naval/cavalry warfare, a rare battle between ships and cavalry took place during the Napoleonic War of the First Coalition in 1795.
A fleet of the Dutch Republic was frozen in ice between a 3km stretch of sea that separated the port of Den Helder and the island of Texel. A French cavalry regiment was able to surprise the Dutch fleet by storming across the sea and capturing the 14 warships and with them 850 guns.
The story of the French storming the ships is based primarily on their own sources, others suggest the Dutch had been ordered not to offer any resistance should they be attacked. Nevertheless, capturing ships by means of cavalry is an extremely rare event in military history.

1862 ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ Agoston Haraszthy, 1st vintner in Sonoma Valley, California imports 10,000 grape vine cuttings
1897 ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ Elva Zona Heaster is found dead in Greenbrier County, West Virginia. Resulting murder trial of her husband perhaps only case in US history where the alleged testimony of a ghost helped secure a conviction.
1904 ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ ร…lesund Fire: the Norwegian coastal town ร…lesund is devastated by fire, leaving 10,000 people homeless and one person dead. Kaiser Wilhelm II funds the rebuilding of the town in Jugendstil style.
1950 ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ Israeli Knesset resolves Jerusalem is capital of Israel

1957 ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ Toy company Wham-O produces first Frisbees.
On this day, machines at the Wham-O toy company roll out the first batch of their aerodynamic plastic discsโ€”now known to millions of fans all over the world as Frisbees.
The story of the Frisbee began in Bridgeport, Connecticut, where William Frisbie opened the Frisbie Pie Company in 1871. Students from nearby universities would throw the empty pie tins to each other, yelling โ€œFrisbie!โ€ as they let go. In 1948, Walter Frederick Morrison and his partner Warren Franscioni invented a plastic version of the disc called the “Flying Saucer” that could fly further and more accurately than the tin pie plates. After splitting with Franscioni, Morrison made an improved model in 1955 and sold it to the new toy company Wham-O as the โ€œPluto Platterโ€โ€“an attempt to cash in on the public craze over space and Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs).
In 1958, a year after the toyโ€™s first release, Wham-Oโ€”the company behind such top-sellers as the Hula-Hoop, the Super Ball and the Water Wiggleโ€”changed its name to the Frisbee disc, misspelling the name of the historic company. By aggressively marketing Frisbee-playing as a new sport, Wham-O sold over 100 million units of its famous toy by 1977.
Today, at least 60 manufacturers produce the flying discs, generally made out of plastic and measuring roughly 20-25 centimeters in diameter. The official Frisbee is owned by Mattel Toy Manufacturers, who bought the toy from Wham-O in 1994.

1961 ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ Venezuela adopts constitution
1973 ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ US President Richard Nixon announces an accord has been reached to end Vietnam War
1978 ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ Sweden becomes the first nation in the world to ban aerosol sprays, believed to be damaging to earth’s ozone layer.
1989 ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ Our collaborator and photographer Anya is born.
2020 ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp marked by an international forum in Jerusalem, Israel