April 23


1635 – In Boston, MA, the Boston Public Latin School was established. It was the first public school building in the United States.

1789 – President George Washington moved into Franklin House, New York. It was the first executive mansion.

1872 – Charlotte E. Ray became the African-American woman lawyer.

1896 – The Vitascope system for projecting movies onto a screen was demonstrated in New York, NY.

1900 – The word “hillbilly” was first used in print in an article in the “New York Journal.” It was spelled “Hill-Billie”.

1908 – President Theodore Roosevelt signed an act creating the U.S. Army Reserve.

1915 – The A.C.A. became the National Advisory Council on Aeronautics.

1951 – The Associated Press began use of the new service of teletype setting.

1954 – Hank Aaron of the Milwaukee Braves hit his first major-league home run on this day.

1967 – The Soyuz 1 was launched by Russia.

1968 – The Methodist Church and the Evangelical United Brethren Church merged to form the United Methodist Church.

1971 – The Soyuz 10 was launched.

1982 – The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that consumer prices declined the previous month (March). It was the first decline in almost 17 years.

1985 – The “We Are the World” album was released.

1985 – The Coca-Cola Company announced that it was changing its 99-year-old secret formula. “New Coke” was not successful, which resulted in them returning to the original version in less than three months.

1988 – A U.S. federal law took effect that banned smoking on flights that were under two hours.

1988 – Kanellos Kanelopoulos set three world records for human-powered flight when he stayed in the air for 74 miles and four hours in his pedal-powered “Daedalus”.

1989 – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar played his last regular season game in the NBA.

1997 – An infertility doctor in California announced that a 63-year-old woman had given birth in late 1996. The child was from a donor egg. The woman is the oldest known woman to give birth.

1997 – The Four Tops received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

2002 – Karen Hughes, the first President Bush’s confidant, director of communications and spokeswoman, resigns. She later accepts a diplomatic post, writes a book and becomes a publicity executive.

2003 – President George W. Bush signed legislation that authorized the design change of the 5-cent nickel for release in 2004. It was the first change to the coin in 65 years. The change, to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Louisiana Purchase, was planned to run for only two years before returning to the previous design.

2004 – Michael Jackson dumps his “dream team” of defense lawyers Mark Geragos and Benjamin Brafman in favor of Thomas Mesereau Junior.

2005 – The first video was uploaded to YouTube.com. It was called “Me at the zoo”.

2009 – The iTunes Music Store reached 1 billion applications downloaded.



Alan Oppenheimer 1930 – Actor (“Murphy Brown,” “The Six Million Dollar Man,” “The Bionic Woman”, “St. Elsewhere”, “Mama’s Family”)

David Birney 1939 – Actor (“Oh, God! Book 2”, TV’s “St. Elsewhere”)

Lee Majors 1940 – Actor (TV’s “The Six Million Dollar Man,” “Big Valley,” “The Bionic Woman”)

Marty Fleckman 1944 – Golfer

Blair Brown 1946 – Actress (TV’s “The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd”, “Fringe”, “Orange is the New Black”)

Joyce DeWitt 1949 – Actress (TV’s “Three’s Company)

Paul Brickman 1949 – Director, writer (“The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training”, “Handle with Care”, “Risky Business”)

James Russo 1953 – Actor (“Fast Times at Ridgemont High”, “Beverly Hills Cop”, “The Cotton Club”, “Once Upon a Time in America”, “Extremities”, “Freeway”)

Michael Moore 1954 – Director (“Fahrenheit 911”, “Bowling for Columbine”, “Roger and Me”, TV’s “The Awful Truth”)

Judy Davis 1955 – Actress (“My Brilliant Career”, “A Passage to India”, “Winter of Our Dreams”, “Heatwave”, “High Tide”, “Impromptu”, “Naked Lunch”, “The Ref”, “Deconstructing Harry”, “The Break-up”, “The Eye of the Storm”, “The Dressmaker”)

Craig Sheffer 1960 – Actor (“A River Runs Through It”, “Nightbreed”, TV’s “One Tree Hill”)

Valerie Bertinelli 1960 – Actress (TV’s “One Day at a Time”, “Touched by an Angel”, “Hot in Cleveland”)

George Lopez 1961 – Actor, comedian (TV’s “The George Lopez Show”)

Melina Kanakaredes 1967 – Actress (TV’s “Providence,” “Guiding Light,” “CSI: New York”)

Stan Frazier 1968 – Musician (Sugar Ray)

Scott Bairstow 1970 – Actor (TV’s “Lonesome Dove”, “Party of Five”)

John Cena 1977 – WWE wrestler, rapper

Kal Penn 1977 – Actor (TV’s “House”, “Designated Survivor”)

Jaime King 1979 – Actress, model (“White Chicks”, “Pearl Harbor”, “Bulletproof Monk”, “Slackers”, “Sin City”, “The Spirit”)

Rachel Skarsten 1985 – Actress (TV’s “Birds of Prey”, “Lost Girl”, “Reign”)

Dev Patel 1990 – Actor (“Slumdog Millionaire”, “Lion”, “Chappie”, “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” movies, “The Last Airbender”, TV’s “Newsroom”, “Skins”)



English Language Day

German Beer Day

Lost Dog Awareness Day

Talk Like Shakespeare Day

World Book Night


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1 Comment

  1. Ellene Lancioni
    April 23, 2017 - 2:25 pm

    Thanks for all the interesting facts that happened on my birthday.


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