July 23

This Day in History

2005

Upside Down Lakes Discovered

On 23 July 2005, University of Washington oceanographer Deborah Kelley and Rhode Island University professor Robert Ballard led an expedition into the depths of the Atlantic Ocean, discovering … (more...)

1952

Military seizes power in Egypt

In Egypt, the Society of Free Officers seizes control of the government in a military coup d'etat. King Faruk, whose rule had been criticized for its corruption and failures in the first Arab-Israeli … (more...)

776

First Olympic Games Open

On this day in 776 BCE, the first Olympic games opened in Olympia, Greece. Staged in the open plains of Olympia, the first Olympic games were designed as a set of athletic contests to honour the … (more...)