June 23

This Day in History

2006

Harriet the Tortoise Dies at 176

On this day in 2006, Harriet the tortoise died of a heart attack at the grand old age of 176, in her enclosure at Australia Zoo, Queensland. Harriet was a Galapagos Tortoise (Geochelone Nigra … (more...)

1961

Military Activity Banned in Antarctica

On this day in 1961, the Antarctic Treaty was signed, banning all military activity on the continent of Antarctica. The treaty was the first arms control agreement established during the Cold War and … (more...)

1942

Armin Faber – A Navigation Nightmare

On the 23 June 1942 duty staff at the Royal Air Force (RAF) airfield at Pembrey in Wales stared in disbelief as a German Focke-Wulf FW 190 fighter approached the base, lined up on the runway and … (more...)

1611

Hudson set adrift by mutineers

After spending a winter trapped in North America's Hudson Bay, the starving crew of the Discovery mutiny against their captain, English navigator Henry Hudson, and set him and eight others adrift in … (more...)