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#TodayInHistory: International End Obstetric Fistula Day!

Yvonne Williams

A look at notable happenings on this day May 23 in history:

1970 – US Secretary of State John Kerry (26) weds heiress Julia Stimson Thorne (25)

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1785 –Benjamin Franklin announces his invention of bifocals (Bifocals are eyeglasses with two distinct optical powers. Bifocals are commonly prescribed to people with presbyopia who also require a correction for myopia, hyperopia, and/or astigmatism)

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1922- Walt Disney incorporates his 1st film company Laugh-O-Gram Films

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1994 –“Star Trek The Next Generation” finale airs this week in syndication

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1533 – The marriage of England’s King Henry VIII to Catherine of Aragon was declared null and void.

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1701 – After being convicted of piracy and of murdering William Moore, Captain William Kidd is hanged in London, England.

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1827 – The first nursery school in the U.S. was established in New York City.

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International Day to End Obstetric Fistula: The United Nations’ (UN) International Day to End Obstetric Fistula,  promotes action towards treating and preventing obstetric fistula, a condition that affects many girls and women in developing countries.

Obstetric fistula is a hole in the birth canal caused by prolonged labor without prompt medical intervention, such as a Caesarean section.

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