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On This Day in History - 23rd April


1564William Shakespeare, English playwright
1775J.M Turner, English artist
1858Max Planck, German physicist
1926James Donleavey, Irish novelist
1928Shirley Temple, American film star
1936Roy Orbison, American singer & chart topper
1939Lee Majors, American film & TV actor; TV's 'Fall Guy'
1941Ed Stewart, Radio DJ
1955Mike Smith, Radio DJ and television presenter


1616William Shakespeare, the famous English playwright, died
1661King Charles II was crowned the King of Great Britain & Ireland
1961The National Census day took place in Britain
1965The USSR launched its first communications satellite
1967Vladimir Komarov became the first man to make two spaceflights
1968The first decimal coins, the 5p & 10p, were issued
1979One person was killed, & many were injured, in clashes between N.F & Anti-Nazi league
1984The United States announced the discovery of the AIDS virus
1994Disgraced US president Richard Nixon died of a stroke, aged 81