Today in History: April 23

Today in History: April 23

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1348

The first English order of knighthood is founded.

1500

Pedro Cabral claims Brazil for Portugal.

1521

The Comuneros are crushed by royalist troops in Spain.

1661

Charles II is formally crowned king, returning the monarchy to Britain, albeit with greatly reduced powers.

1759

British forces seize Basse-Terre and Guadeloupe from France.

1789

President George Washington moves into Franklin House, New York.

1826

Missolonghi falls to Egyptian forces.

1856

Free Stater J.N. Mace in Westport, Kansas shoots pro-slavery sheriff Samuel Jones in the back.

1865

Union cavalry units continue to skirmish with Confederate forces in Henderson, North Carolina and Munford's Station, Alabama.

1895

Russia, France, and Germany force Japan to return the Liaodong peninsula to China.

1896

Motion pictures premiere in New York City.

1914

The Federals defeat Kansas City 9-1 in the first major league game to be played in Chicago's Weeghman Park, later renamed Wrigley Field.

1915

The ACA becomes the National Advisory Council on Aeronautics (NACA), the forerunner of NASA.

1920

The Turkish Grand National Assembly has first meeting in Ankara.

1924

The U.S. Senate passes the Soldiers' Bonus Bill.

1945

The Soviet Army fights its way into Berlin.

1950

Chiang Kai-shek evacuates Hainan, leaving mainland China to Mao Zedong and the communists.

1954

The Army-McCarthy hearings begin.

1966

President Lyndon Johnson publicly appeals for more nations to come to the aid of South Vietnam.

1969

Sirhan Sirhan is sentenced to death for killing Senator Robert Kennedy.

1971

The Soviet Union launches Soyuz 10, becoming the first mission to the Salyut 1 space station.