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 On this day September 17-23, 2023 (week 38) infographic
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On this day September 17-23, 2023 (week 38)

September 17, 2023 - September 23, 2023 - This week features the Dutch biologist Antonie van Leeuwenhoek, the U.S. Capitol building, the first country to give women the right to vote, England’s Salisbury Cathedral, the athlete Florence Griffith-Joyner, the rescue of 58 new-born babies in Mexico City three days after a devastating earthquake, and the retirement of tennis stars Roger Federer and Serena Williams

September 17, 1683: Dutch biologist Antonie van Leeuwenhoek described seeing living animalcules (bacteria) when he used a microscope to examine plaque found between his teeth

September 18, 1793: President George Washington, using a silver trowel and marble-headed gavel, laid the cornerstone of the U.S. Capitol building in the District of Columbia

September 19, 1893: New Zealand became the first country to grant women the vote. In most other democracies, including Britain and the U.S., women had to wait until after WWI

September 20, 1258: Salisbury Cathedral in southern England was consecrated. The main building was completed in just 38 years from 1220, while the famous spire was added in 1320

September 21, 1998: Florence Griffith-Joyner, flamboyant star of the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, died of a heart attack at age 38. Her world records in 100m and 200m still stand

September 22, 1985: Three days after an earthquake devastated Mexico City, 58 new-born babies were rescued alive from the rubble of a hospital maternity ward

September 23, 2022: Roger Federer retired from tennis, three weeks after fellow superstar Serena Williams bowed out of the game. Both enjoyed era-defining parallel careers

PUBLISHED: 29/08/2023; DESIGN: Phil Bainbridge; PICTURE RESEARCH: Julie Mullins; EVENT SELECTION: Fiona Roberts and Susan Shepherd; PROOFING: Julie Mullins; TECHNICAL CONSTRUCTION: Fiona Roberts;; STORY: Julie Mullins; PICTURES: Getty Images, Newscom