July 23 in Pop Culture History

July 23 History, Trivia and Fun Facts

July 23 History Highlights

  • 1827 – Francis Lieber, opened the first swimming school in the United States at the Boston Gymnasium.
  • 1962 – Jackie Robinson became the first African American to be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
  • 1972 – The United States launched Landsat 1, the first Earth-resources satellite from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
  • 1995 – Comet Hale–Bopp was discovered, and visible from Earth the following year.
  • 2015 – NASA announced the discovery of Kepler-452b, possibly an Earth-like planet.
  • If you were born on July 23rd,
    You were likely conceived the week of… October 30th (prior year)

Yada Yada Tada Day

Lenny Bruce is credited with the first use of “yadda yadda” on the closing track on his 1961 album entitled “Lenny Bruce – American.”. It was used by comedians and TV shows to convey that something unimportant or irrelevant has just been said, but it gained increased popularity when Jerry Seinfeld’s show featured a variation on this phrase as an inside joke between characters Elaine Benes (played by Julia Louis-Dreyfus) and George Costanza (played by Jason Alexander).

The Yada Yada is the 153rd episode of the American NBC sitcom Seinfeld. The 19th episode of the eighth season, and aired on April 24, 1997. That episode also introduced the term”anti-dentite”.

July 23 is…”

Gorgeous Grandma Day
Hot Enough For Ya Day
National Vanilla Ice Cream Day
Peanut Butter and Chocolate Day
Sprinkle Day
Yada, Yada, Yada Day

July 23 Birthday Quotes

“If you’re not tough it’s hard to survive in this world, and if you’re not kind then you don’t deserve to survive.”
– Raymond Chandler

“I regret the times I’ve been mean to people… It’s fine to pick on people who can defend themselves and deserve it. Some people don’t deserve to be picked on who I picked on, so I don’t do it anymore.”
– Don Imus

“Throughout history, it has been the inaction of those who could have acted; the indifference of those who should have known better; the silence of the voice of justice when it mattered most; that has made it possible for evil to triumph.”
– Haile Selassie

“There are so many great songs yet to sing.”
– Alison Krauss

“If I had my career to play over, one thing I’d do differently is swing more. Those 1,200 walks I got, nobody remembers them.”
– Pee Wee Reese

“I think you should be serious about what you do because this is it. This is the only life you’ve got.”
– Philip Seymour Hoffman

July 23 Birthdays

1888 – Raymond Chandler, American crime novelist and screenwriter (died in 1959)
1892 – Haile Selassie, Ethiopian emperor (died in 1975)
1894 – Arthur Treacher, English-American actor and television personality (died in 1975)
1918 – Pee Wee Reese, American baseball player and sportscaster (died in 1999)
1933 – Bert Convy, American actor and game show host (died in 1991)
1940 – Don Imus, American radio host (died in 2019)
1938 – Charles Harrelson, American murderer, father of Woody Harrelson (died in 2007)
1947 – David Essex, English singer-songwriter
1950 – Ian Thomas, Canadian singer-songwriter
1961 – Woody Harrelson, American actor
1962 – Eriq La Salle, American actor
1965 – Slash, English-American guitarist and songwriter
1967 – Philip Seymour Hoffman, American actor (died in 2014)
1968 – Stephanie Seymour, American model and actress
1970 – Charisma Carpenter, American actress
1971 – Alison Krauss, American singer-songwriter and fiddler
1980 – Sandeep Parikh, American actor
1980 – Michelle Williams, American singer-songwriter
1982 – Paul Wesley, American actor
1989 – Daniel Radcliffe, English actor
1996 – Alexandra Andresen, Norwegian heiress and equestrian

July 23 History

1829 – In the United States, William Austin Burt patented (#5581X) the typographer, an early typewriter.

1926 – Fox Film bought the patents of the Movietone sound system, for recording sound onto film.

1950 –The Gene Autry Show debuted on CBS.

1961 – The Sandinista National Liberation Front was founded in Nicaragua.

1962 – Telstar relayed the first publicly transmitted, live, trans-Atlantic television program, featuring CBS’s Walter Cronkite and NBC’s Chet Huntley in New York, and the BBC’s Richard Dimbleby in Brussels.

1972 – The United States launched Landsat 1, the first Earth-resources satellite. The spacecraft was turned off on January 6, 1978, due to overheating.

1977 – #1 Hit July 23, 1977 – July 29, 1977: Barry Manilow – Looks Like We Made It

1984 – Vanessa Williams became the first Miss America to resign when she surrendered her crown after (earlier) nude photos of her appeared in Penthouse magazine.

1988 – #1 Hit July 23, 1988 – July 29, 1988: Richard Marx – Hold On to the Nights

1995 – Comet Hale – Bopp was discovered, and was visible to the naked eye on Earth in 1996.

1999 – Space Shuttle Columbia launched on STS-93, with Eileen Collins becoming the first female space shuttle commander

2012 – Earth had a near-miss with a solar flare. Had it occurred a week earlier, it could’ve wiped out communication networks, GPS, and electrical grids.

Today’s Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts

Clarke’s Law of Revolutionary Ideas: Every revolutionary idea – in Science, Politics, Art or Whatever – evokes three stages of reaction. They may be summed up by the three phrases: > 1. “It is completely impossible – don’t waste my time.” 2. “It is possible, but it is not worth doing.” 3. “I said it was a good idea all along.”

The Capital of Monaco is Monaco

“Some people play hard to get. I play hard to want.” – Ford Fairlane (Andrew Dice Clay) #moviequotes

Biggest film of 1953: Peter Pan (Action/Adventure) earned ~ $87,000,000

If a thief uses 1234 as a PIN number, they could access funds in almost 1 out of every 9 wallets they steal.

“You know how to whistle, don’t you, Steve? You just put your lips together and blow.” – Marie “Slim” Browning (Lauren Bacall) in To Have and Have Not (1944).

“Our lives are defined by opportunities, even the ones we miss.” – Benjamin Button in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button  #moviequotes

William Penn is one of eight people to have been granted “Honorary Citizenship” by the United States

A hundred-acre wood is a really big forest to let a kid wander around in with his stuffed animals.

One of the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World: Lighthouse of Alexandria, in Alexandria, Egypt, built ~280 BC, abandoned by 1323 AD

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