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On this day in history - April 23

What Happened On This Day – April 23

  • 2005 The first YouTube video is posted

    The 18-second clip “Me at the zoo” shows co-founder Jawed Karim at San Diego Zoo. It has been viewed more than 13 million times (2014).

  • 1988 Kanellos Kanellopoulos flies across the Aegean Sea in a human-powered aircraft

    The Greek Olympic cyclist flew a record-breaking 115 km (71 mi) from Crete to Santorini in the MIT Daedalus aircraft, which was named after the mythological inventor of aviation.

  • 1985 Coca-Cola releases New Coke

    The new formula was so unpopular that the original Coke was re-introduced as Coca-Cola Classic soon afterward.

  • 1984 The discovery of the virus causing AIDS is announced

    French virologists Luc Montagnier and Françoise Barré-Sinoussi were awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine for the discovery of the HIV virus.

  • 1971 The Rolling Stones release Sticky Fingers

    The album is often considered one of the British rock band's best. It includes hits like “Brown Sugar” and ”Wild Horses”.

Illustration of stork, signifying birth

Births On This Day,
April 23

  • 1936 Roy Orbison

    American singer-songwriter

  • 1928 Shirley Temple

    American actress, singer, dancer

  • 1891 Sergei Prokofiev

    Russian pianist, composer, conductor

  • 1858 Max Planck

    German physicist, Nobel Prize laureate

  • 1791 James Buchanan

    American politician, 15th President of the United States

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Deaths On This Day,
April 23

  • 2007 Boris Yeltsin

    Russian politician, 1st President of Russia

  • 1998 Konstantinos Karamanlis

    Greek politician, 3rd President of Greece

  • 1993 Cesar Chavez

    American activist

  • 1992 Satyajit Ray

    Indian director, producer, screenwriter

  • 1616 William Shakespeare

    English playwright, actor