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Interesting historical events that occurred on April 23…

April 23, 2012

Today.  April 23, 2012.  Here’s what happened in years past – that I found interesting:

1910 – Theodore Roosevelt made his The Man in the Arena speech.

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New Coke

1940 – The Rhythm Night Club fire at a dance hall in Natchez, Mississippi, kills 198 people.

1968 – Vietnam War: Student protesters at Columbia University in New York City take over administration buildings and shut down the university.

1985 – Coca-Cola changes its formula and releases New Coke. The response is overwhelmingly negative, and the original formula is back on the market in less than 3 months.

Birthdays…

1564 – William Shakespeare, English writer and actor (d. 1616) (traditional approximate birth date in Julian calendar based on April 26 baptism)

1621 – William Penn, English admiral (d. 1670)

1791 – James Buchanan, 15th President of the United States (d. 1868)

1928 – Shirley Temple, American actress and politician

1936 – Roy Orbison, American singer and musician (d. 1988)

1939 – Lee Majors, American actor

1943 – Hervé Villechaize, French actor (d. 1993)

1968 – Timothy McVeigh, American terrorist (d. 2001)

Deaths.

1616 – William Shakespeare, English dramatist and actor (b. 1564) (according to the Julian calendar)

1850 – William Wordsworth, English poet (b. 1770)

1995 – Howard Cosell, American attorney and sportscaster (b. 1918)

1998 – James Earl Ray, American assassin (b. 1928)

 

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