Today's Holidays for April 23
Feast Day of St. George Patron saint of England, is said to have saved the king's daughter from a mighty dragon.
Today's History Trivia for April 23
1985 New Coke Coca-Cola announces it is changing its 99-year-old formula, introducing what was to become known as "New Coke." Less than three months later, due to public outcry and poor sales, they brought back the old formula under the name "Coca-Cola Classic."
1992 Princess Anne is granted an uncontested divorce from Mark Phillips.
1962 First U.S. Satellite to reach the surface of the Moon Ranger IV is launched, reaching the Moon's surface three days later.
1954 Hank Aaron hits his first major-league home run.
1950 First NBA championship The Minneapolis Lakers defeat the Syracuse Nationals four games to two. The championship had started on the 8th.
1896 First public showing of Edison's motion picture projector The Vitascope is demonstrated at New York's Koster & Bial's Music Hall.
1861 Civil War Robert E. Lee takes command of the Virginia forces.
1789 First Roman Catholic newspaper in the U.S., Courrier de Boston, publishes its first issue. Source: An Almanac of the Christian Church
Today's Birthdays for April 23
1960 Valerie Bertinelli American actress. TV: One Day at a Time (Barbara).
1959 Dan Frischman American Actor, known for playing nerds and geeks. Has worked as magician/ventriloquist "The Great Houdanny" since his teens. TV: Head of the Class (1986-91, Arvid) and Kenan & Kel (1996-2000, Chris). Writings: Jackson & Jenks, Master Magicians.
1957 Travis Walton American logger. Claimed he was abducted from a group of Arizona loggers and held for five days by aliens aboard a UFO (1975). His story won a National Enquirer prize of $5,000 and provided the basis for the movie Fire in the Sky (1993).
1949 Joyce DeWitt American actress. TV: Three's Company (Janet).
1947 Glenn Cornick d. 2014 British bass player, with Jethro Tull. Music: Aqualung (1971) and Thick as a Brick (1972).
1943 Herve Villechaize d. 1993 3-foot, 10-inch tall French actor. TV: Fantasy Island (Tatoo, with his famous opening "Boss, da plane, da plane").
1942 Sandra Dee d. 2005 (Alexandra Zuck), American teen actress. Film: The Reluctant Debutante (1958) and Gidget (1959).
1939 Lee Majors (Harvey Lee Yeary), American actor. TV: The Six Million Dollar Man (1973-78, title role) and The Fall Guy (1981-86, Colt Seavers).
1939 David Birney American actor. TV: Serpico (title role) and St. Elsewhere (Dr. Ben Samuels).
1936 Roy Orbison d. 1988 American singer. Music: Oh, Pretty Woman (1964, #1).
1932 James Fuller Fixx d. 1984 American author, The Complete Book of Running (1977) which launched a running craze. He died of a heart attack while jogging. He also published three collections of puzzles: Games for the Super-Intelligent, More Games for the Super-Intelligent and Solve It!.
1928 Shirley Temple Black d. 2014 American child actress, U.S. Ambassador to Ghana (1974-76) and Ambassador to Czechoslovakia (1989-1992). She became the youngest person to earn over a $1,000,000. Film: Stand Up and Cheer (1934), Curly Top (1935), and Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (1938).
1921 Warren Spahn d. 2003 American Hall of Fame baseball pitcher, Cy Young winner (1957). He was the winningest left-handed pitcher, with 363 wins.
1858 Max Planck d. 1947 German Nobel-winning physicist. He discovered quantum physics (1900). His son was among those executed for the July 1944 attempt to assassinate Hitler.
1813 Stephen Arnold Douglas d. 1861 American statesman, Lincoln debater. He was called "The Little Giant."
1731 William Williams d. 1811 American patriot, signer of the Declaration of Independence. He died on the 35th anniversary of his signing the Declaration of Independence on August 2, 1776.
Deaths for April 23
1998 James Earl Ray b. 1928 American assassin. He shot and killed Martin Luther King, Jr. (1968). At the time of the shooting, Ray was an escaped prisoner. He had escaped from the Missouri State Penitentiary (1967) by hiding in a truck transporting bread from the prison bakery.
2016 Madeleine Sherwood b. 1922 (Madeleine Thornton), Canadian actress. TV: The Flying Nun (Mother Superior).
1995 Howard Cosell b. 1918 (Howard Cohen), American Emmy-winning sports commentator.
1993 César Chávez b. 1927 Mexican-American labor leader, activist. Founder of the National Farm Workers Association.
1986 Harold Arlen b. 1905 (Hyman Arluck), American Oscar-winning composer. Music: Stormy Weather (1943), It's Only a Paper Moon (1932), That Old Black Magic (1942), and Over the Rainbow (1939, Oscar).
1983 Buster Crabbe b. 1908 (Clarence Linden Crabbe), American athlete, actor. He won the 1932 Olympic gold medal for the 400-meter-freestyle swim and played Flash Gordon, Buck Roger, and Tarzan in the movies.
1965 George Adamski b. 1891 Polish-American extraterrestrial abductee. Some regard him as the first modern abductee.
1951 Charles Gates Dawes b. 1865 30th U.S. Vice-President (1925-29).