On This Day In History, 23 September

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World Events Today

  • Ceefax, the world’s first teletext information service, was started by the BBC today in 1974
  • Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister of India, launched “Modicare”, the world’s largest health insurance scheme, today in 2018
  • The British travel group Thomas Cook, which had been operating for almost 180 years, ceased operations today in 2019

Entertainment Events Today

  • Tom Morris won the 9th Open Championship at Prestwick Golf Club today in 1868, at 17 years and 156 days old, he was and still is the youngest ever champion
  • The American Western movie Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford, premiered today in 1969
  • The American drama movie The Shawshank Redemption, starring Morgan Freeman, went on general release in the United States today in 1994

Family Events Today

  • Mary Mallon, better known as Typhoid Mary, believed to have infected at least 51 people with typhoid in the United States, was born today in 1869 in Ireland
  • The Austrian neurologist Sigmund Freud, founder of psychoanalysis, died today in 1939 aged 83
  • The American singer-songwriter Bruce Springsteen, whose career spanned 5 decades, was born today in 1949 in New Jersey

Main Event Today

  • The Japanese multinational electronics and video game company Nintendo was founded today in 1889

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Snack Stick Day

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