January 23 -Box
1556 : Shaanxi Earthquake – deadliest ever recorded kills 830,000 in Shensi Province, China.
1795 : Rare instance of cavalry capturing a fleet – War of the First Coalition – French cavalry captures 14 Dutch ships and 850 guns near the port of Den Helder.
1849 : Elizabeth Blackwell becomes 1st woman in the US to earn a medical degree
1859 : Mauna Loa volcano in Hawaii begins an eruption that lasts 300 days
1897 : Elva Zona Heaster is found dead in Greenbrier County, West Virginia. Her death was considered natural until her spirit appeared to her mother to describe how she was killed by her husband Edward. Autopsy on the exhumed body verified the apparation’s account. Edward,found guilty of murder was sentenced to the state prison, perhaps only case in US history where the alleged testimony of a ghost helped secure a conviction.