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Ram Nath Kovind, newly elected President of India
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July 23: Beginning of The Nine Days (Judaism, 2017); Revolution Day in Egypt (1952); Parents' Day in the United States (2017)

Bonaventura Peeters the Elder (b. 1614) · Apolinario Mabini (b. 1864) · Amy Winehouse (d. 2011)

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Tjele helmet fragment
Tjele helmet fragment

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The 1983 Atlantic hurricane season was the least active Atlantic hurricane season in 53 years. Although the season begins by convention on June 1, there were no tropical depressions until July 23, and only four of the season's seven depressions became tropical storms. Tropical Depression Three became Hurricane Alicia (satellite image pictured) on August 17 and made landfall in Texas the next day, breaking thousands of glass windows in Houston's skyscrapers, killing 22 people and causing $1.7 billion in damage. The storm that became Hurricane Barry formed on August 25, crossed Florida, and made landfall near Brownsville, Texas, dissipating five days later. Hurricane Chantal stayed out at sea, and was absorbed by a front on September 15. Tropical Depression Six formed on September 19 and caused heavy rains in the Caribbean. Tropical Storm Dean, the final storm of the season, attained peak winds of 65 mph (105 km/h), and made landfall on the Delmarva Peninsula on September 29. (Full article...)