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April 23rd, 1564, is believed to be the birthdate
of English poet and dramatist William
Shakespeare; he died 52 years later, also on
In 1348, King Edward the Third of England
established the Order of the Garter.
In 1789, President-elect
Washington and his wife moved into the first
executive mansion, the Franklin House, in New
In 1791, the 15th
president of the United States, James Buchanan,
was born in Franklin County, Pennsylvania.
In 1896, the
"Vitascope" system for projecting
movies onto a screen was demonstrated in New York
Russian-American author Vladimir Nabokov was born
in St. Petersburg.
In 1940, about 200
people died in a dance hall fire in Natchez,
In 1954, Hank
Aaron of the Milwaukee Braves hit the first of
his record 755 major-league home runs, in a game
against the St. Louis Cardinals. (The Braves won,
In 1969, Sirhan
Sirhan was sentenced to death for assassinating
New York Senator Robert F. Kennedy. (The sentence
was later reduced to life imprisonment.)
In 1985, the
Coca-Cola Company announced it was changing the
secret flavor formula for Coke (negative public
reaction forced the company to resume selling the
In 1998, James
Earl Ray, who confessed to assassinating the
Reverend Martin Luther King Junior in 1968 and
then insisted he was framed, died at a Nashville
hospital at age 70.
Ten years ago:
Freed American hostage Robert Polhill, released
in Lebanon the day before, enjoyed his first full
day of freedom at the U-S Air Force hospital in
Wiesbaden, West Germany.
Five years ago:
The nation observed a national day of mourning
for the victims of the Oklahoma City blast.
Sportscaster Howard Cosell died in New York at
age 77. Former Senator John C. Stennis (Democrat,
Mississippi) died in Jackson, Mississippi, at age
One year ago: On
the first day of a 50th anniversary NATO summit
in Washington, Western leaders pledged to
intensify military strikes against Yugoslavia and
vowed "no compromise" on demands that
Slobodan Milosevic withdraw his troops from
"...We are such
stuff/ As dreams are made on, and our little
life/ Is rounded with a sleep."
From "The Tempest," by William