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Births for April 23


  • 1464 Johanna van Valois, Queen of France
  • 1484 Julius C‘sar Scaliger, Italy, scholar (On the Subtlety of Things)
  • 1547 Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Spanish writer (Don Quioxite)
  • 1564 William Shakespeare, bard (Hamlet, MacBeth, Julius C‘sar) (approx)
  • 1598 Maarten Harpertszoon Tromp, naval commander
  • 1697 George Baron Anson, British admiral/explorer
  • 1728 Samuel Wallis, explorer (Wallis Island)
  • 1775 Joseph Mallord Turner, England, landscape painter (Shipwreck)
  • 1791 James Buchanan, Cove Gap PA, (Fed/Dem), 15th US president (1857-61)
  • 1791 W Friedrich Olivier, German landscape painter/cartoonist
  • 1803 Jules J baron d'Anethan, Belgian minister of Justice
  • 1810 Thomas Wright, historian
  • 1812 Louis-Antoine Julien, conductor
  • 1813 Stephen Arnold Douglas, (Little giant), US senator (Lincoln debates)
  • 1818 James Anthony Froude, historian
  • 1818 John Gill Shorter, Gov (Confederacy), died in 1872
  • 1821 Pierre Dupont, song writer
  • 1827 Johann F Ritter von Schulte, German catholic lawyer
  • 1852 Edwin Markham, US, poet (1st winner of Amer Acad of Poets Award 1937)
  • 1855 Earnest L Wolzogen, German writer (stichtte cabaret šberbrettl)
  • 1857 Ruggero Leoncavallo, Naples Italy, composer (I Medici)
  • 1858 Ethel Mary Smyth, composer
  • 1858 Max KE Ludwig Planck, German physicist (Planck constant, Nobel 1918
  • 1861 Edmund Henry Hynman, 1st viscount Allenby of Megiddo/Field Marshal
  • 1867 Simon Abramsz, Dutch teacher
  • 1882 Albert Coates, St Petersburg Russia, conductor/composer (Eagle)
  • 1882 Max (G M J) Winders Maximilien, Belgium, architect (WW II)
  • 1891 Sergey Prokofiev, Ukraine, composer (Peter & the Wolf)
  • 1892 Minus van Looi, (Benjamin van der Neart), Flemish writer
  • 1893 Frank Borzage, Salt Lake City, director (7th Heaven, Strange Cargo)
  • 1896 Margaret Kennedy, novelist
  • 1897 Harold French, director (Encore)/actor
  • 1897 Lester Bowles Pearson, (L) 14th Canadian PM (1963-68) (Nobel 1957)
  • 1897 Lucius du Bignon Clay, US, general (WW II)/gov (West Germany)
  • 1898 Edwin E Dwinger, German writer (General Wlassow)
  • 1899 Edith Ngaio Marsh, NZ, Kiwi mystery writer (Black Beech & Honeydew)
  • 1899 Vladimir Nabokov, St Petersburg Russia, novelist (Lolita, Ada)
  • 1902 Halld¢r Laxness, Iceland, novelist (Salka Valka) (Nobel 1955)
  • 1904 Duncan Renaldo, Spain, actor (Cisco Kid)
  • 1904 Leslie French, actor/singer
  • 1905 Lord Carew
  • 1906 Marcel Hillaire, Cologne Germany, actor (Adv in Paradise)
  • 1906 Maria Arnoldo, (Adrianus Broeders), photographer/writer
  • 1907 Baroness Dudley
  • 1908 Herbert Telley, British actuary
  • 1909 Thomas Padmore, senior civil servant
  • 1911 Ronald Neame, director (1st Monday in Oct, Poseidon Adventure)
  • 1914 Andrew Martin, Lord-Lt (Lechestershire England)
  • 1914 John Hubbard, Indiana Harbor Indiana, actor (Don't Call Me Charlie)
  • 1914 Simone Simon, France, actress (All Money Can Buy, Ladies in Love)
  • 1915 Arnold Hall, CEO (Hawker Siddeley Group)
  • 1916 Bud Wilkinson, college football coach (Oklahoma)
  • 1918 Anthony Craxton, British TV producer
  • 1918 Maurice Druon, (Kessel), French writer/journalist (Prix Goncourt)
  • 1920 Eric Yarrow, CEO (Clydesdale Bank)
  • 1921 Janet Blair, Altoona Pa, actress (Leave it to the Girls, Smith Family
  • 1921 Warren Spahn, left-handed pitcher (Boston/Milwaukee Braves)
  • 1922 Boy (Segundo JA) Ecury, Aruba, resistance fighter
  • 1922 Diarmuid Downs, auto engineer
  • 1923 Avram Davidson, US, sci-fi author (Hugo, Peregrine: Primus, Rork!)
  • 1923 James Kirkup, travel writer/poet/novelist (African in Greenland)
  • 1924 Arthur Frackenpohl, Irving NJ, composer (Natural Superiority of Music
  • 1924 Colin Welch, columnist/critic
  • 1924 Malcolm Anson, CEO (Wessex Water Authority)
  • 1926 James P Donleavy, Brooklyn, novelist (Ginger Man, Onion Eaters)
  • 1926 Richard Laws, Master (St Edmunds College Cambridge)
  • 1928 Bill Cotton, CEO (Noel Gay TV)
  • 1928 Okke Jager, theologist/writer/poet
  • 1928 Shirley Temple Black, Santa Monica Calif, child actress/ambassador
  • 1929 George Steiner, professor of English
  • 1930 Michael Bowen, RC Archbishop (Southwark)
  • 1932 Halston, (R Halston Frowick), fashion designer (1972 Hall of Fame)
  • 1932 Jim Fixx, jogger/writer (Jim Fixx on Running)
  • 1933 Roger Wittevrongel, Flemish painter
  • 1935 David Evans, MP
  • 1936 Elias, (Etienne Michiels), Flemish painter
  • 1936 Joseph Willaert, Flemish painter
  • 1936 Roy Orbison, sings about his Pretty Woman (Traveling Willberries)
  • 1937 Victoria Glendinning, author (Edith Sitwell A Unicorn Among Lions)
  • 1938 Russell Hillhouse, under-sect Scottish Office
  • 1938 Steven D Symms, (Sen-R-ID, 1981- )
  • 1939 David Birney, Wash DC, actor (Brigette Loves Bernie, St Elsewhere)
  • 1939 Ray Peterson, Denton Tx, singer (Tell Laura I Love Her)
  • 1939 William Hagerty, editor (People)
  • 1940 Lee Majors, (Harvey Yeary), TV actor ($6,000,000 Man, Stunt Man)
  • 1940 Richard Monaco, US, sci-fi author (Grail War, Final Quest)
  • 1941 Ed Stewart, British DJ
  • 1941 Hal Daub, (Rep-R-NB, 1981- )
  • 1942 Sandra Dee, Bayonne NJ, actress (Gidget, Imitation of Life)
  • 1943 Carmen von Thyssen, Barcelona Spain, Baroness
  • 1943 Herve Villechaize, France, "Da Plane! Da Plane!" (Fantasy Island)
  • 1943 Tony Esposito, Ontario, NHL goalie (Chicago Blackhawks)
  • 1947 Bernadette Devlin McAliskey, Ireland, political activist (or 1940)
  • 1947 Saskia, (Trudy van den Berg), singer (S & Serge, Spinning Wheel)
  • 1948 Tesa Wyatt, actress
  • 1949 Blair Brown, Wash DC, actress (Altered States, Molly Dodd)
  • 1949 John Miles, vocal/guitar/keyboards (John Miles Band-Rebel, Zaragon)
  • 1949 Joyce DeWitt, Wheeling WV, actress (Janet Wood-Three's Company)
  • 1949 Walter Sweeney, MP
  • 1951 Loek M L H A Hermans, Dutch 2nd chamber member (VVD)
  • 1952 Lionel Johnston, Augusta Ga, actor (Sons & Daughters)
  • 1952 Narada, (Michael Walden), Mich, rocker (Don't Want Nobody Else)
  • 1952 Tony Maselli, (fictional character on "Who's the Boss")
  • 1953 Fred Upton, (Rep-R-Michigan)
  • 1955 Mike Smith, British DJ
  • 1955 Su Ingle, British TV hostess
  • 1955 Tony Miles, chess player
  • 1957 Jan Hooks, comedienne (SNL, Designing Women)
  • 1958 Max Planck, physicist (Quanta Physics)
  • 1960 Steve Clark, rock guitarist (Def Leppard-Hysteria)
  • 1960 Valerie Bertinelli, Del, (1 Day at a Time, Sydney); Ms Eddie Van Hale
  • 1964 Dan Frischman, Whippany NJ, actor (Arvid Engen-Head of the Class)
  • 1967 Brent Muscat, rocker (Faster Pussycat-Wake Me When It's Over)
  • 1967 Melina Kanakaredes, Akron Ohio, actress (Eleni Andros-Guiding Light)
  • 1968 Susan Emily Savastano, E Providence RI, Miss RI-America (1991)
  • 1969 Nadeem Shahid, cricketer


Passings for April 23


  • 34 Christ, crucified, according to Isaac Newton
  • 1416 Blaise/Blasius of Parma, Ital astrologist/philosopher/algebra, dies
  • 1616 Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Spanish writer (Don Quixote), dies at 6
  • 1616 William Shakesphere, Engl author (Hamlet), dies on his 52nd birthday
  • 1625 Maurice of Nassau, Prince of Orange, dies
  • 1695 Henry Vaughan, poet (Silex Scintillans), dies at 72
  • 1740 Thomas Tickell, poet, dies
  • 1774 Christian Wilhelm Ernst Dietrich, painter, dies
  • 1850 William Wordsworth, poet, dies at 80
  • 1853 Auguste Laurent, chemist, dies
  • 1878 Friedrich Preller, landscape painter, dies
  • 1895 Karl Friedrich Wilhelm Ludwig, physiologist, dies
  • 1915 Rupert Chawner Brooke, English poet (Lithuania), dies at 27
  • 1918 Percy Thomson Dean, lt-commander, killed at Zeebrugge, dies
  • 1926 Joseph Pennell, artist/author, dies
  • 1929 Rudolf W Nilsen, Norwegian poet (Hverdagen), dies
  • 1943 Fr‚deric baron d'Erlanger, French composer/banker, dies
  • 1952 Elisabeth Schumann, singer, dies
  • 1952 Minus van Looi, (Benjamin van der Neart), Flemish writer, dies at 60
  • 1960 Tojohiko Kagawa, Japanese christian-social reformer/writer, dies
  • 1962 Stirling Moss, auto racer, killed while racing
  • 1970 Herb Shriner, host/humorist (Herb Shriner Show), dies at 51
  • 1971 William Tubman, president of Liberia, dies
  • 1975 Pete Ham, rokcer (Badfinger), dies at 27
  • 1976 James Flavin, actor (Man With a Camera), dies at 69
  • 1976 Shimen Ruskin, actor (Meyer-Corner Bar), dies at 68
  • 1983 Buster Crabbe, Olympic swimmer/actor, dies at 75 in Scottsdale Az
  • 1983 Selena Royale, actress (Robot Monster), dies at 78
  • 1985 Kent Smith, actor (Peyton Place, Invaders), dies at 78
  • 1985 Sam J Ervin Jr, (Sen-D-NC), dies at 88
  • 1986 Harold Arlen, (Hyman Arluck), US composer, murdered at 80
  • 1986 Otto Preminger, director (Advise & Consent, Anatomy of Murder), dies
  • 1988 Arthur Michael, Lord Ramsey/archbishop of Canterbury, dies
  • 1990 Paulette Goddard, actress, dies at 78 (or 84) in Switzerland
  • 1992 Deron Johnson, 1965 NL run leader, dies of cancer at 53
  • 1992 Satayajit Ray, Indian director (Distant Thunder/Agantuk), dies at 70
  • 1993 Bertus Aafjes, poet/writer (World is a Muze), dies at 78
  • 1993 Lalith Athulathmudali, Sri Lankan minister, murdered at 59


Special events for April 23


  • 1014 King Brian Boru of Ireland beats Danes at Battle of Clontarf
  • 1348 1st English order of knighthood founded (Order of Garter)
  • 1662 Connecticut chartered as an English colony
  • 1775 Opera "Il R‚ Pastore" is produced (Salzburg)
  • 1789 President George Washington moves into Franklin House, NY
  • 1795 William Hastings acquitted in England of high treason
  • 1826 Missolonghi captured by Turks
  • 1838 English steamship "Great Western" crossing Atlantic docks in NYC
  • 1860 Dem convention in Charleston SC divided over slavery
  • 1861 Arkansas troops seize Ft Smith
  • 1861 Battle of San Antonio, TX
  • 1864 Battle of Cane River, LA (Red River Expedition, Monett's Ferry)
  • 1867 Queen Victoria & Napoleon III turn down plans for a channel tunnel
  • 1871 Blossom Rock in SF Bay blown up
  • 1881 Gilbert & Sullivan's opera "Patience" produced in London
  • 1891 Jews are expelled from Moscow Russia
  • 1896 Premier of motion pictures (Koster & Bial's Music Hall, NYC)
  • 1896 Vitascope system of movie projection 1st demonstrated (NYC)
  • 1900 1st know occurrence of word "hillbillie" (NY Journal)
  • 1904 American Academy of Arts & Letters forms
  • 1910 International Exhibition opens in Brussels
  • 1913 National Urban League forms
  • 1915 ACA becomes National Advisory Council on Aeronautics (NACA)
  • 1918 Battle of Zeebrugge ends
  • 1918 Dover Patrol overthrows Germany U-boat in East Sea
  • 1920 Turkish Grand National Assembly 1st meets, in Ankara
  • 1924 British Empire Exhibition opens at Wembley
  • 1924 London: king George V opens British Empire Exposition
  • 1925 1st London performance of operetta "Fasquita" staged
  • 1925 Pastor LH Perquin forms Union of Catholic Radio Workers (KRO)
  • 1930 H Van Gent discovers asteroids #1225 Ariane & #1267 Geertruida
  • 1932 Shakespeare Memorial Theatre opens at Stratford-on-Avon
  • 1936 M Laugier discovers asteroid #1651 Behrens
  • 1938 Sudeten Germans in Czechoslovakia demand self government
  • 1940 Dance hall fires kills 198 (Natchez Miss)
  • 1940 Fire in Natchez Mississippi kills 198
  • 1940 NY Yankees dedicate a plaque to Jacob Rupert
  • 1942 4-day allie bombing on Rostock begins
  • 1945 Allies in Italy reach river Po
  • 1946 Bkln Dodger Ed Head no-hits Boston Braves, 5-0
  • 1948 KSTP TV channel 5 in St Paul-Minneapolis, MN (ABC) 1st broadcast
  • 1949 Chinese Red army conquerors Nanjing
  • 1949 Courtesy mail boxes for motorists started in SF
  • 1949 Netherland annexes Elten & Tudderen
  • 1950 1st major league day game completed under lights (Phils 6, Braves 5)
  • 1950 Detroit Red Wings beat NY Rangers 4 games to 3 for Stanley Cup
  • 1950 Minneapolis beats Syracuse, 4 games to 2, for NBA championship
  • 1950 Nationalist China evacuates Hainan Island
  • 1952 Oil pipeline from Kirkuk to Banias completed
  • 1953 KTAR (now KPNX) TV channel 12 in Phoenix, AZ (NBC) begins broadcastin
  • 1953 WCOV TV channel 20 in Montgomery, AL (IND/CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1954 Hammerin' Hank Aaron hits 1st of his 755 homers
  • 1954 NBA adopts 24 second shot clock rule
  • 1956 US Supreme court ends race segregation on buses
  • 1959 1st heliport in Britain opens in London
  • 1962 NY Mets win their 1st game ever, after going 0-9, beat Pirates 9-1
  • 1962 Ranger 4, 1st US satellite to reach Moon launched from Cape Canaveral
  • 1965 Launch of 1st Soviet communications satellite
  • 1967 Soyuz 1 launched; Vladimir Komarov becomes 1st in-flight casualty
  • 1968 1st decimal coins issued in Britain (5 & 10 pence)
  • 1968 United Methodist Church forms
  • 1969 Over 1000ý mi flooded in Shantung Province China
  • 1969 Sirhan Sirhan sentenced to death for killing Bobby Kennedy
  • 1971 Columbia University operations virtually end, by student strike
  • 1971 Soyuz 10 launched; cosmonauts become 1st in Salyut 1 space station
  • 1972 Apollo 16 astronauts explores Moon surface
  • 1976 Felix Aguilar Observatory discovers asteroid #2808
  • 1977 Czech chess master Vlastimil Hort plays 201 games simultaneously
  • 1980 Soviet sub catches fire off Japan, 9 die
  • 1984 AIDS-virus identified (acquired immune deficiency syndrome)
  • 1985 Brooklyn College soccer team wins Nepal's invitational
  • 1985 C Shoemaker & E Shoemake discovers asteroid #3581 Alvarez
  • 1985 Flyers 5-Isles 3-Patrick Div Finals-Flyers hold 3-0 lead
  • 1985 New Coke debuts
  • 1985 P Jensen discovers asteroid #3318 Blixen
  • 1986 Grand Floridan Beach Resort groundbreaking
  • 1986 Madrid-Nelli Cooman runs world record 60m indoor (7 sec)
  • 1987 28 construction workers killed in an apt collapse in Bridgeport, Ct
  • 1987 NJ Devils farm team Maine Mariners (AHL) move to Utica (Devils) NY
  • 1988 A greek pedals self-powered aircraft, 74 miles
  • 1989 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar plays his last game as a Laker
  • 1989 Students in Beijing China announce class boycotts
  • 1991 Bjorn Borg loses 6-2, 6-3 to Jordi Arrese after 8 year lay off
  • 1991 USSR grants republics right to secede under certain conditions
  • 1992 "Shirnada" opens at Broadhurst theater on Broadway
  • 1992 Marion Berry (former mayor of Wash DC) let out of prison


Songs for date April 23


  • 04/23/55 --- Unchained Melody (Hamilton, Roy)
  • 04/23/55 --- Honey-Babe (Mooney, Art)
  • 04/23/55 --- Whatever Lola Wants (Vaughan, Sarah)
  • 04/23/66 --- Rainy Day Women #12 & 35 (Dylan, Bob)
  • 04/23/66 --- Message To Michael (Warwick, Dionne)
  • 04/23/77 --- Feels Like The First Time (Foreigner)
  • 04/23/77 --- Got To Give It Up - Part 1 (Gaye, Marvin)
  • 04/23/77 --- Lucille (Rogers, Kenny)
  • 04/23/83 --- Always Something There To Remind Me (Naked Eyes)
  • 04/23/83 --- Affair Of The Heart (Springfield, Rick)
  • 04/23/88 --- Everything Your Heart Desires (Hall & Oates)
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