On This Day..... April 23

 

APRIL 23RD

  • TODAY IS NATIONAL PICNIC DAY
  • TODAY IS NATIONAL CHERRY CHEESECAKE DAY
  • TODAY IS NATIONAL TALK LIKE SHAKESPEARE DAY
 

BIRTHDAYS:

  • WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (1564-1616)
  • WILLIAM PENN (1621-1670)
  • JAMES BUCHANAN (1791-1868)
  • STEPHEN DOUGLAS (1813-1861)
  • SHIRLEY TEMPLE (1928-2014)
 
  • ROY ORBISON (1936-1988)
  • LEE MAJORS (1939, 79)
 
  • SANDRA DEE (1942, 76)
  • JOYCE DE WITT (1949, 69)
 
  • MICHAEL MOORE (1954, 64)
  • VALERIE BERTINELLI (1960, 58)
 
  • GEORGE LOPEZ (1961, 57)
  • TIMOTHY MCVEIGH (1968-2001)
 
  • JOHN CENA (1977, 41)
  • KAL PENN (1977, 41)
 
  • JOHN OLIVER (1977, 41)
  • GIGI HADID (1995, 23)
 

ON THIS DAY:

  • IN 34, CHRIST IS CRUCIFIED ACCORDING TO THE TIMETABLE PUT FORTH BY SIR ISAAC NEWTON
  • IN 1516, DUKE WILHELM IV OF BAVARIA ENACTS THE “GERMAN BEER PURITY LAW”
  • IN 1597, QUEEN ELIZABETH I ATTENDS THE FIRST SHOWING OF SHAKESPEARE’S “THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR” AT THE GLOBE THEATRE
 
  • IN 1616, WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE DIES ON HIS 52ND BIRTHDAY
  • IN 1635, THE BOSTON LATIN SCHOOL IS FOUNDED, THE OLDEST PUBLIC INSTITUTION IN THE UNITED STATES
  • IN 1661, CHARLES II BECOMES KING OF ENGLAND
  • IN 1662, CONNECTICUT BECOMES A US COLONY
 
  • IN 1861, ROBERT E. LEE IS NAMED COMMANDER OF THE VIRGINIA CONFEDERATE MILITARY
  • IN 1867, QUEEN VICTORIA AND NAPOLOEN MEET TO DISCUSS A TUNNEL UNDER THE ENGLISH CHANNEL BUT DECIDE AGAINST IT
  • IN 1900, THE NEW YORK JOURNAL FIRST USES THE TERM “HILLBILLIE”
  • IN 1932, THE SHAKESPEARE MEMORIAL THEATRE OPENS IN STRATFORD-ON-AVON
  • IN 1939, TED WILLIAMS HITS HIS FIRST HOME RUN
 
  • IN 1940, ALMOST 200 PEOPLE DIE IN A FIRE AT A DANCE CLUB IN NATCHEZ, MS
  • IN 1942, THE ALLIED FORCES BEGIN A FOUR DAY BOMBING OFFENSIVE IN ROSTOCK
  • IN 1945, THE FLOSSENBURG CONCENTRATION CAMP IS LIBERATED
  • IN 1950, THE MINNESOTA LAKERS WIN THE FIRST NBA CHAMPIONSHIP
  • IN 1953, GEORGE STEVENS RELEASES “SHANE”
 
  • IN 1954, HANK AARON HITS HIS FIRST HOME RUN
  • IN 1962, THE NEW YORK METS WIN THEIR FIRST GAME EVER AFTER BEGINNING THE SEASON WITH NINE LOSSES
  • IN 1962, RANGER 4 LAUNCHES AND BECOMES THE FIRST US SATELLITE TO REACH THE MOON
  • IN 1965, THE FOUR TOPS RELEASE “I CAN’T HELP MYSELF (SUGAR PIE HONEY BUNCH)”
  • IN 1969, SIRHAN SIRHAN IS SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR KILLING ROBERT KENNEDY
  • IN 1971, THE ROLLING STONES RELEASE “STICKY FINGERS”
 
  • IN 1972, THE ASTRONAUTS ON APOLLO 16 EXPLORE THE SURFACE OF THE MOON
  • IN 1976, THE RAMONES RELEASE THEIR SELF TITLED DEBUT ALBUM
  • IN 1977, THELMA HOUSTON HITS #1 WITH  “DON’T LEAVE ME THIS WAY”
 
  • IN 1984, THE AIDS VIRUS IS IDENTIFIED
  • IN 1985, COCA COLA DEBUTS “NEW COKE”
 
  • IN 1988, SMOKING IS BANNED ON ALL FLIGHTS UNDER TWO HOURS LONG
  • IN 1988, WHITNEY HOUSTON WENT TO #1 WITH “WHERE DO BROKEN HEARTS GO” AND BROKE A BEATLES RECORD BY HAVING HER 7TH SONG IN A ROW GO TO #1
 
  • IN 1989, KAREEM ABDUL JABBAR PLAYS HIS LAST GAME WITH THE LAKERS
  • IN 1992, MARION BARRY IS RELEASED FROM PRISON
  • IN 1992, THE FIRST MCDONALD’S OPENS IN CHINA
  • IN 1993, PETE TOWNSHEND PREMIERES “TOMMY” ON BROADWAY
 
  • IN 1994, HOWARD STERN GETS THE LIBERTARIAN PARTY’S NOMINATION FOR GOVERNOR OF NEW YORK
  • IN 1995, PRESIDENT CLINTON DECLARES A NATIONAL DAY OF MOURNING FOLLOWING THE OKLAHOMA CITY BOMBING
  • IN 2002, POPE JOHN PAUL II CALLS AMERICAN CATHOLIC CHURCH LEADERS TO THE VATICAN TO DISCUSS THE BREAKING SEXUAL ABUSE SCANDAL
  • IN 2003, BEIJING CHINA CLOSES ALL SCHOOLS FOR TWO WEEKS BECAUSE OF THE SARS VIRUS SCARE
 
  • IN 2007, BORIS YELSTIN DIES OF HEART FAILURE AT 76
  • IN 2013, A HACK AT A NATIONAL NEWS AGENCY CLAIMS THAT PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS BEEN INJURED CAUSING THE STOCK MARKET TO DROP 1% AND THEN REBOUND
  • IN 2013, THE FRENCH NATIONAL ASSEMBLY LEGALIZES GAY MARRIAGE
  • IN 2013, JJ ABRAMS DEBUTS “STAR TREK: INTO DARKNESS”
 
  • IN 2015, LORETTA LYNCH IS CONFIRMED AS ATTORNEY GENERAL
  • IN 2016, BEYONCE RELEASES “LEMONADE”
 

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