1632 – 300 colonists bound for New France departed from Dieppe, France on the 23rd July 1632.
1829 – William Austin Burt patented the typographer on the 23rd July 1829, a precursor to the typewriter.
1914 ~ Virgil Finlay the American pulp fantasy, science fiction and horror illustrator was born on the 23rd July 1914 (died 18th January 1971). See Google images
1938 – Bert Newton the Australian actor and television host was born on the 23rd July 1938.
1947 – David Essex the English singer-songwriter and actor was born on the 23rd July 1947.
1952 – Janis Siegel the American singer from The Manhattan Transfer was born on the 23rd July 1952.
1965 – Slash the English-American guitarist from Guns N’ Roses was born on the 23rd July 1965.
1967 ~ Philip Seymour Hoffman the American actor and director was born in Fairport, New York on the 23rd July 1967 (died 2nd February 2014 aged 46). He won the Academy Award for Best Actor for the 2005 biographical film Capote. Phillip Seymour Hoffman is known for his film roles in Scent of a Woman (1992), Twister (1996), Boogie Nights (1997), The Big Lebowski (1998), Patch Adams (1998), Magnolia (1999), The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999), Almost Famous (2000), Red Dragon (2002), 25th Hour (2002), Punch-Drunk Love (2002) and Cold Mountain (2003).
1973 – Monica Lewinsky the American White House intern, author, and handbag designer was born on the 23rd July 1973.
1980 – Michelle Williams the American singer-songwriter from Destiny’s Child was born on the 23rd July 1980.
1983 – Bec Hewitt the Australian actress and singer was born on the 23rd July 1983.
1989 ~ Daniel Radcliffe the English actor best known as the title character in the Harry Potter film series.
2011 – Amy Winehouse the English singer-songwriter died on the 23rd July 2011 (born 1983).
2012 ~ Syria admitted to possessing a stockpile of chemical weapons on the 23rd July 2012, which they claimed were reserved for national defense against foreign countries.
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