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April 23 – Today In History

We take a look at some of the events that occurred on April 23rd.

Today In …

1984 - The discovery of the Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) virus was announced.

1985 - Coca-Cola announced their plans to distribute a new formula that became known as “New Coke”!

1992 - The first McDonald’s in Beijing, China opened.

Sharing A Birthday Today…

Valerie Bertinelli star of TV’s “One Day at a Time” was born in 1960.

David Birney who starred on TV’s “Bridget Loves Bernie” was born in 1939.

Shirley Temple Black former child star of such films as “The Little Princess” and “Heidi” and former U.S. Ambassador was born in 1928.

James Buchanan the 15th President of the United States was born in 1791.

John Cena wrestler and star of “The Marine” was born in 1977.

Steve Clark the former guitarist for the band Def Leppard was born in 1960.

Glenn Cornick bass player for the band Jethro Tull was born in 1947.

Sandra Dee who starred in “Gidget” was born in 1942.

Joyce DeWitt best known as Janet from TV’s “Three’s Company” was born in 1949.

Jan Hooks who starred on TV’s “Saturday Night Live” and “3rd Rock From The Sun” was born in 1957.

George Lopez the actor/comedian and star of “The George Lopez Show” was born in 1961.

Lee Majors who starred on TV’s “The Big Valley”, “The Six Million Dollar Man” and “The Fall Guy” was born in 1939.

Michael Moore the filmmaker who won an Oscar for “Bowling for Columbine” was born in 1954.

Roy Orbison the voice behind such hits as “Pretty Woman” and “Only the Lonely” was born in 1936.

Ray Peterson who had a hit with the song “Tell Laura I Love Her” was born in 1935.

Duncan Renaldo best known to TV fans as “The Cisco Kid” was born in 1904.

William Shakespeare the legendary poet/playwright of “Romeo & Juliet” and “MacBeth” was born in 1564.

Simone Simon who starred in the horror classic “Cat People” was born in 1910.

Herve Villechaize the actor best remembered for his role as Tattoo on TV’s “Fantasy Island” and as Nick-Nack in the Bond film “The Man with the Golden Gun” was born in 1943.

We Said Goodbye To…

Harold Arlen the composer of “Over the Rainbow” passed away in 1986 at the age of 81.

Cesar Chavez the labor activist passed away in 1993 at the age of 66.

Howard Cosell the infamous sports journalist/announcer passed away in 1995 at the age of 77.

Buster Crabbe the Olympic gold winner for swimming and star of “Flash Gordon” passed away in 1983 at the age of 75.

Paulette Goddard the acclaimed actress who starred in “The Great Dictator” passed away in 1990 at the age of 79.

Melina Kanakaredes was born in 1967. She stars on TV’s “CSI: New York”, “Providence” and daytime TV fans may remember her as Eleni on “Guiding Light”.

John Mills the accomplished actor of stage and film who appeared in “Ryan’s Daughter” and “Swiss Family Robinson” passed away in 2005 at the age of 97.

James Earl Ray the man accused of assassinating Martin Luther King Jr. passed away in 1998 at the age of 70.

William Shakespeare who passed away on his birthday in 1616.

Pamela Lyndon “P.L.” Travers the author of “Mary Poppins” passed away in 1996 at the age of 96.

William Wordsworth the renowned poet whose works include “The Prelude” passed away in 1850 at the age of 80.

Boris Yeltsin former Russian president passed away in 2007 at the age of 76.

Top Of The Charts On This Day In…

1977 - “Don’t Leave Me This Way” by Thelma Houston
1977 - On The Country Charts – “She’s Got You” by Loretta Lynn
1983 - “Come On Eileen” by Dexy’s Midnight Runners
1983 - On The Country Charts – “American Made” by the Oak Ridge Boys
1988 - “Where Do Broken Hearts Go” by Whitney Houston

Musical Moments In…

1956 - Elvis Presley made his first appearance in Las Vegas, Nevada at the Venus Room at New Frontier Hotel.

1988 - After 741 weeks, Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” fell out of Billboard’s Top 200 Albums chart.

Memorable Sports Moments In…

1954 - Hank Aaron hit his first home run!

1963 - Pete Rose had his first major league hit!

In Print In…

1900 - “The New York Journal” first used the term “hillbilly” in print!

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