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Friday, April 23, 2004


Today is Friday, April 23rd.

The 114th day of 2004.

There are 252 days left in the year.


Today's Highlight in History:

April 23, 1564, is believed to be the birthdate of English poet and dramatist William Shakespeare; he died 52 years later (1616), also on April 23.


On this date:

In 1348, King Edward III of England established the Order of the Garter.

In 1635, A boundary dispute between Maryland and Virginia causes a naval skirmish off the coast of Virginia.

In 1662, Connecticut was chartered as an English colony.

In 1789, President-elect Washington and his wife moved into the first executive mansion, the Franklin House, in New York.

In 1791, The 15th president of the United States, James Buchanan, was born in Franklin County, Pa.

In 1851, The first postage stamps were issued in Canada.

In 1904, The American Academy of Arts and Letters was founded.

In 1939, Boston Red Sox Ted Williams hits his 1st homerun

In 1940, About 200 people died in a dance hall fire in Natchez, Miss.

In 1948, KSTP TV channel 5 in St Paul-Minneapolis MN (ABC) 1st broadcast

In 1954, Hank Aaron of the Milwaukee Braves hit the first of his record 755 major-league home runs, in a game against the St. Louis Cardinals. (The Braves won, 7-5.)

In 1956, The U.S. Supreme Court ended race segregation on buses.

In 1969, Sirhan Sirhan was sentenced to death for assassinating New York Senator Robert F. Kennedy. (The sentence was later reduced to life imprisonment.)

In 1985, The Coca-Cola Company announced it was changing the secret flavor formula for Coke (negative public reaction forced the company to resume selling the original version).

In 1992, McDonald's opened its first fast-food restaurant in the Chinese capital of Beijing.

In 1993, Labor leader Cesar Chavez died in San Luis, Ariz., at age 66.

In 1997, The military confirmed that two pieces of wreckage found on a snowy Rocky Mountain peak were from the Air Force warplane that vanished on a training mission over Arizona.

In 1998, James Earl Ray, who'd confessed to assassinating the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968 and then insisted he'd been framed, died at a Nashville hospital at age 70.

Ten years ago (1994):

Mourners left red roses, burning candles and cards at the Richard Nixon Library and Birthplace in Yorba Linda, Calif., in memory of the 37th president of the United States, who had died the day before at age 81.

Physicists at the Department of Energy's Fermin National Accelerator Laboratory discovered the subatomic particle called the top quark.

Five years ago (1999):

On the first day of a 50th anniversary NATO summit in Washington, Western leaders pledged to intensify military strikes against Yugoslavia and vowed "no compromise" on demands that Slobodan Milosevic withdraw his troops from Kosovo.

One year ago (2003):

Global health officials warned travelers to avoid Beijing and Toronto, where they might get the SARS virus and export it to new locations.

U.S. negotiators met with North Korean and Chinese representatives in Beijing for the first three-way meeting by the governments since the Korean War.

American Airlines reported a $1-billion first-quarter loss.


Today's Birthdays:

Actress Janet Blair is 83.

Actress-turned-diplomat Shirley Temple Black is 76.

Actor Alan Oppenheimer is 74.

Actor David Birney is 65.

Actor Lee Majors (Harvey Lee Yeary II) is 65.

Actress Sandra Dee is 62.

Irish nationalist Bernadette Devlin McAliskey is 57.

Actress Blair Brown is 56.

Writer-director Paul Brickman is 55.

Actress Joyce DeWitt is 55.

Actor James Russo is 51.

Political filmmaker-author Michael Moore is 50.

Actress Judy Davis is 49.

Actress Jan Hooks is 47.

Actress Valerie Bertinelli is 44.

Actor Craig Sheffer is 44.

Actor George Lopez ("George Lopez") is 43.

Rock musician Gen is 40.

U.S. Olympic gold medal skier Donna Weinbrecht is 39.

Actress Melina Kanakaredes is 37.

Rock musician Stan Frazier (Sugar Ray) is 36.

Country musician Tim Womack (Sons of the Desert) is 36.

Actor Scott Bairstow is 34.

Actress Rachel Skarsten is 19.

Actor Camryn Walling is 14.


Thought for Today:

"...We are such stuff/ As dreams are made on, and our little life/ Is rounded with a sleep." -

- From "The Tempest," by William Shakespeare (1564-1616).