It Happened On #56

After a busy day in history yesterday, today’s pretty slow. I struggled to come up with 2 and these are the best I could do

It happened on November 23 1936…the first issue of the pictorial magazine Life is published

Life actually had its start earlier in the 20th century as a different kind of magazine: a weekly humour publication, not unlike today’s The New Yorker in its use of tart cartoons, humorous pieces and cultural reporting. When the original Life folded during the Great Depression, the influential American publisher Henry Luce bought the name and re-launched the magazine as a picture-based periodical on this day in 1936. By this time, Luce had already enjoyed great success as the publisher of Time, a weekly news magazine

Also on November 23 1980, an earthquake strikes Southern Italy on this day 1980, killing more than 3,000 people. The casualty toll was so high in part because the tremor struck during Sunday night mass, as many residents sat in churches that crumbled in the quake

Told you it wasn’t exciting

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