One of the most interesting areas for social studies, history holds significance throughout the generations. It helps us to understand and reflect upon the changes that have taken place. Hence, April 23 witnessed some of the most well-known incidents. These impacted the way things would be in the present. Here is a deeper understanding of such incidents:
1635- Boston Latin School founded
The establishment of the Boston Latin School took place on April 23, 1635. This made it the oldest public institution in the United States. The main objective behind the establishment was to educate young boys from all social classes in the classics. The authorities chose a curriculum based on the Latin school movement of the nineteenth century. This movement emphasized classical studies to be the base of an educated mind. Subsequently, four years of training in Latin is mandatory for those who join the institution from seventh grade. Three years for the ones who begin from ninth grade.
1851- Canada issues the first postage stamp
Canada began to issue postage stamps on April 23, 1851. Sir Sandford Fleming designed the first postage stamp. It is known as a Threepenny Beaver. The stamp included the depiction of a beaver in an oval frame. This was also the first stamp that portrayed an animal instead of a monarch. Therefore, before this, the colonies of British Columbia, Prince Edward Island, and others issued their own stamps. Canada’s postal history can be divided into four major phases. This includes French control, British control, colonial government control, and finally Canada.
1904- Formation of the American Academy of Arts and Letters
On April 23, the American Academy of Arts and Letters was established. It is an honor society of about 250-members. The academy is located in Washington Heights. The primary purpose is to foster and preserve excellence in the field of art, music, and literature in America. The gallery in the academy is open for the common public on scheduled days. There are exhibitions of paintings as well as sculptures. There is also an annual exhibition that displays the work of the newly elected members.
1959- 1st Heliport opens in London, Britain
London heliport, officially known as the Edmiston London Heliport is the only licensed heliport in London. W. & C. French constructed it. The ownership of this heliport changed from time to time. Initially, Westland and the Harrods owned it. However, in 2012, Reuben Brothers bought it, they also own the Oxford Airport. The London Heliport has a completely licensed rescue as well as fire fighting service. The Heliport Fire Service also conducts frequent training programs along with their colleagues.
2013- The French National Assembly legalizes same-sex marriage
Important progress happened on April 23, 2013. France is the thirteenth nation that legalizes same-sex marriage. Although, this has been legal since May 2013. The bill addressing this received the amendment in the French National Assembly on April 23. The legislation applies to metropolitan France and overseas French departments. As a result of this law, the first same-sex wedding took place on May 29, 2013. This happened in the city of Montpellier.
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