23 July It Happened Today
1757 Death of Italian composer Domenico Scarlatti.
1888 Birth of American novelist Raymond Chandler.
1948 Death of legendary American film director D W Griffith.
1951 Death of French general Philippe Petain, who led the collaborationist Vichy government during WWII.
1989 Birth of English actor Daniel Ratcliffe, most noted for his role as Harry Potter.