On July 23…

1715 – The first lighthouse in America was authorized for construction at Little Brewster Island, MA.

1829 – William Burt of Mt. Vernon, MI, patented the first typewriter, or what he called a “typographer.”

1962 – The Telstar communications satellite sent the first live TV broadcast to Europe. The bird was used to send TV programs between the United States and Europe.

1984 – Vanessa Williams who, a year earlier, had become the first Black woman to win the Miss America title, became the first winner to resign, after Penthouse magazine announced plans to publish nude photos of her.

1996 – The U.S. Women’s Olympic Gymnastics team won its first-ever team gold at the Summer Games in Atlanta.  The team was composed of Amanda Borden, Amy Chow, Dominique Dawes, Shannon Miller, Dominique Moceanu, Jaycie Phelps and Kerri Strug.

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