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April 23: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

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Facts & Historic Events That Happened on April 23

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April 23rd is officially Lost Dog Awareness Day & Talk Like Shakespeare Day.

We are now on the 114th day of the year, congratulations for making it this far into 2024. There are 252 days remaining until the end of the year.

Is April 23 your birthday, or do you just want to know what happened on this day in history? Well, either one, here we’ll share the major historical events, births, and deaths that all happened on this day.

Did you know that on this day in 2005, the first video was uploaded to YouTube? It was uploaded by Jawed Karim, one of the site’s co-founders and was called “Me at the zoo”.

Keep reading for more fun & interesting facts about April 23rd in history!

Events

What memorable events happened on April 23 in history? Keep reading to find out!

2020

President Donald Trump suggested a dangerous theory that injecting disinfectant could cure the Coronavirus.

OTD in 2020: President Donald Trump suggested a dangerous theory that injecting disinfectant could cure the Coronavirus.

In his press conference, he said: “And then I see the disinfectant where it knocks it out in a minute. One minute. And is there a way we can do something like that, by injection inside or almost a cleaning?”

2005

The first video was uploaded to YouTube.

The video was uploaded by co-founder Jawed Karim and was titled “Me at the zoo.”

1995

President Bill Clinton declared this day as the National Day of Mourning.

This was to mourn the 168 lives lost during the terrorist bombing in Oklahoma City on April 19.

1985

Coca-Cola launched their ill-fated new formula known unofficially as “New Coke.”

OTD in 1985: Coca-Cola launched their ill-fated new formula known unofficially as "New Coke."

1969

Sirhan Sirhan was sentenced to death for killing Robert F. Kennedy

Sirhan Sirhan’s sentence was commuted to life in prison, and he has been denied parole many times.

1968

Bishop Reuben H. Mueller founded the United Methodist Church.

1967

The Soviet Union launched the first crewed Soyuz mission, Soyuz 1.

The mission was to rendezvous with the Soyuz 2 in orbit to exchange cosmonauts. Vladimir Komarov was the sole cosmonaut aboard Soyuz 1, with Yuri Gagarin as a backup. The Soyuz 1 couldn’t rendezvous with the Soyuz 2 as the latter couldn’t be launched due to thunderstorms. The Soyuz 1’s descent module failed to operate correctly upon its return to Earth, and the parachute didn’t open fully. Komarov perished, becoming the first in-flight fatality in spaceflight history.

1942

German bombers attacked the English city of Exeter, beginning the Baedeker Blitz.

1920

The Ottoman Empire was abolished.

OTD in 1920: The Ottoman Empire was abolished.

1851

The first Canadian postage stamp went into circulation.

The postage stamp became the world’s first to feature an animal and not a human leader.

1702

Queen Anne was coronated Queen at the Westminster Abbey, London.

1616

English poet William Shakespeare died at the age of 52.

1516

Duke Wilhelm IV of Bavaria enacted The German Beer Purity Law (Reinheitsgebot), strictly regulating beer making.

OTD in 1516: Duke Wilhelm IV of Bavaria enacted The German Beer Purity Law (Reinheitsgebot)

The law meant that only three ingredients were permitted in Bavaria beer; water, barley, and hops.

1348

The First English order of knighthood was instituted.

Famous Births

If today’s your birthday, you share this special day with John Cena! Here are other famous people born on this day.

1977

John Cena

American

Wrestler

John Cena

Age:

47 years old

Born In:

Massachusetts, USA

1995

Gigi Hadid

American

Model

Gigi Hadid

Age:

29 years old

Born In:

California, USA

1928

Shirley Temple

American

Actress

Shirley Temple

Died On:

Feb 10, 2014 (Age 85)

Born In:

California, USA

1980

Taio Cruz

British

Singer

Taio Cruz

Age:

44 years old

Born In:

England, UK

Famous Deaths

Unfortunately, April 23rd has also been a day where we’ve had to say some goodbyes over the years…

1564

1616

William Shakespeare

English

Playwright

William Shakespeare

1564

1616

William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare was an English playwright born on April 22, 1564. He died on this day in 1616, at age 52 in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England, UK.

Died On:

Apr 23, 1616 (Age 52)

Died In:

England, UK

Quotes

Below are the most famous quotes people have said or written on Apr 23rd throughout history.

1949

Maybe that’s what life is, a wink of the eye, and winking stars…

Jack Kerouac

American Novelist

1882

I wish they’d simply accept me as I am.

1764

There are truths which are not for all men, nor for all times.

Voltaire

Voltaire

French Writer

Special Holidays

If you’re looking for something to do today, maybe these special holidays might just help to cure your boredom!

April 23: World Book Day
World

World Book Day

There’s a book for everyone, and the world wouldn’t be the same without them. Today is World Book Day which was set up as a charity with one mission – to ensure every child in the world has their own book.

April 23: National Talk Like Shakespeare Day
United States

National Talk Like Shakespeare Day

Shakespeare was without a doubt one of the world’s greatest bards and playwrights, even if he didn’t come up with all his own stories. Today is all about honoring Shakespeare by speaking like his characters – thee shouldst findeth it surprisingly easy!

THe Fact Site’s

Fun Fact Of The Day

For nearly 60 years, Texas didn’t have an official state flag between 1879 & 1933. During that time, the Lone Star flag was active, but the unofficial flag.

Birthday & Zodiac

Everyone who was born on this day shares the same star sign, Taurus.

Taurus is ruled by Venus, the planet that controls love, beauty, and money. Taurus is one of three earth signs, the others being Virgo and Capricorn.

If you were born in April, your birthstone is the Diamond. This rare gem brings such a balance into the wearer’s life to bring rich and long-lasting relationships to fruition.

For those of you who were born on April 23, you were likely conceived the previous year on July 31.

A baby that is conceived on April 23rd, 2024, will likely be born around January 14th, 2025.

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