#TodayInHistory: International End Obstetric Fistula Day!

#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)

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)

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

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

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

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

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

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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