April 23: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Did you know that on this day, April 23, 2005, the first video was uploaded to YouTube?

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

We are now on the 113th day of the year, congratulations for making it this far into 2023. There are 252 days left until next 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 interesting facts about April 23rd in history!

What Events Happened On April 23 In History?

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."

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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.”

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.


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.

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.

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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 Quotes Said On April 23

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


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

– Jack Kerouac


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

– Vincent van Gogh


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

– Voltaire

Famous People Born On April 23

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
45 years old
Born In:
Massachusetts, USA

1995 Gigi Hadid

American Model

Gigi Hadid
27 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
42 years old
Born In:
England, UK

Famous People Who Died On This Day

1564 - 1616 William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare was an English playwright born on April 26, 1564. He died on this day in 1616, at age 51 in Stratford-upon-Avon, England, UK.

Special Holidays On April 23

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 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

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!

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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.

April 23 Birthday Facts, Zodiac & Birthstone

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, 2023, will likely be born around January 14th, 2024.

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