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23 Apr
1996
Former Australian Labor prime minister Paul Keating resigned from parliament, ending a political career of 27 yearsFormer Australian Labor prime minister Paul Keating resigned from parliament, ending a political career of 27 years
22 years ago
23 Apr
1995
Hideo Murai, number two official in the Aum Shinri Kyo sect accused of involvement in various gas attacks in Tokyo, was assassinated outside the sect’s headquartersHideo Murai, number two official in the Aum Shinri Kyo sect accused of involvement in various gas attacks in Tokyo, was assassinated outside the sect’s headquarters
23 years ago
23 Apr
1993
Public opposition in the Isle of Man forced the Manx government to abandon plans to outlaw birching as a form of punishmentPublic opposition in the Isle of Man forced the Manx government to abandon plans to outlaw birching as a form of punishment
25 years ago
23 Apr
1992
Indian film director Satyajit Ray, best known for Pather Panchali, died just three weeks after being awarded a lifetime achievement OscarIndian film director Satyajit Ray, best known for Pather Panchali, died just three weeks after being awarded a lifetime achievement Oscar
26 years ago
23 Apr
1992
In Britain, the Queen's daughter Princess Anne was granted a divorce from Captain Mark PhillipsIn Britain, the Queen's daughter Princess Anne was granted a divorce from Captain Mark Phillips
26 years ago
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23 Apr
1992
Evidence found by a NASA satellite of wispy clouds of matter at the edge of the known universe appeared to confirm scientists’ theories that the creation of the universe was…Evidence found by a NASA satellite of wispy clouds of matter at the edge of the known universe appeared to confirm scientists’ theories that the creation of the universe was caused by a cosmic explosion, or “Big Bang” some 15 billion years ago
26 years ago
23 Apr
1990
U.S. film actress Paulette Goddard died. The former wife of Charlie Chaplin, she co-starred with him in 'Modern Times' and 'The Great Dictator'U.S. film actress Paulette Goddard died. The former wife of Charlie Chaplin, she co-starred with him in 'Modern Times' and 'The Great Dictator'
28 years ago
23 Apr
1990
The silent man of the Great Train Robbery, Charlie Wilson, was shot dead at his home near Marbella, SpainThe silent man of the Great Train Robbery, Charlie Wilson, was shot dead at his home near Marbella, Spain
28 years ago
23 Apr
1986
Austrian-born film director Otto Preminger, whose films included Laura, Carmen Jones and Exodus, diedAustrian-born film director Otto Preminger, whose films included Laura, Carmen Jones and Exodus, died
32 years ago
23 Apr
1986
England cricketer Jim Laker diedEngland cricketer Jim Laker died
32 years ago
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23 Apr
1985
In a move to halt declining market share against Pepsi-Cola, Coca-Cola changed to a sweeter formula and was released as New Coke. The public response was overwhelmingly negative,…In a move to halt declining market share against Pepsi-Cola, Coca-Cola changed to a sweeter formula and was released as New Coke. The public response was overwhelmingly negative, and the original formula was back on the market in less than three months
33 years ago
23 Apr
1983
Larry Buster Crabbe, U.S film actor famous for his portrayal of Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers, diedLarry Buster Crabbe, U.S film actor famous for his portrayal of Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers, died
35 years ago
23 Apr
1980
Saudi Arabia expelled the British ambassador in protest at a British TV film about the execution for adultery of a Saudi princess and her loverSaudi Arabia expelled the British ambassador in protest at a British TV film about the execution for adultery of a Saudi princess and her lover
38 years ago
23 Apr
1971
Harold Witcomb and Gerald Hardin, two blind kitchen workers, set a world record by shelling 1,050 dozen eggs in 72 hoursHarold Witcomb and Gerald Hardin, two blind kitchen workers, set a world record by shelling 1,050 dozen eggs in 72 hours
47 years ago
23 Apr
1969
Sirhan Bishara Sirhan was sentenced to death for the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy. The sentence was later reduced to life imprisonmentSirhan Bishara Sirhan was sentenced to death for the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy. The sentence was later reduced to life imprisonment
49 years ago
23 Apr
1968
Britain’s first decimal coins, five and ten pence pieces, made their appearanceBritain’s first decimal coins, five and ten pence pieces, made their appearance
50 years ago
23 Apr
1962
Around 150,000 people took part in the biggest ever "Ban the Bomb" demonstration, in LondonAround 150,000 people took part in the biggest ever "Ban the Bomb" demonstration, in London
56 years ago
23 Apr
1952
Elisabeth Schumann, German soprano, died. Best known for her roles in Mozart's 'Don Giovanni' and 'Cosi Fan Tutte', she was also a popular recitalistElisabeth Schumann, German soprano, died. Best known for her roles in Mozart's 'Don Giovanni' and 'Cosi Fan Tutte', she was also a popular recitalist
66 years ago
23 Apr
1945
Field Marshall Goering sent a telegram to Hitler, besieged in Berlin, proposing he take control as Hitler’s deputy. Hitler ordered his immediate arrestField Marshall Goering sent a telegram to Hitler, besieged in Berlin, proposing he take control as Hitler’s deputy. Hitler ordered his immediate arrest
73 years ago
23 Apr
1945
Russian troops liberated the German concentration camps at Sachsenhausen and RavensbrueckRussian troops liberated the German concentration camps at Sachsenhausen and Ravensbrueck
73 years ago
23 Apr
1941
King George of the Hellenes and the Greek government fled the Greek mainland from the advancing Germans; the Greek Army also surrenderedKing George of the Hellenes and the Greek government fled the Greek mainland from the advancing Germans; the Greek Army also surrendered
77 years ago
23 Apr
1936
Legendary U.S. singer Roy Orbison was born in Vernon, TexasLegendary U.S. singer Roy Orbison was born in Vernon, Texas
82 years ago
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23 Apr
1935
Joseph Stalin officially opened the first line of the Moscow Metro, the first underground in the Soviet Union. It is the world’s fifth most heavily used rapid transport system…Joseph Stalin officially opened the first line of the Moscow Metro, the first underground in the Soviet Union. It is the world’s fifth most heavily used rapid transport system after Tokyo, Beijing, Seoul and Shanghai
83 years ago
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23 Apr
1928
Shirley Temple, child starlet of Hollywood films, born. Best known for her films 'Wee Willie Winkie' and 'Heidi', she later became U.S. ambassador to Ghana and Czechoslovakia. She…Shirley Temple, child starlet of Hollywood films, born. Best known for her films 'Wee Willie Winkie' and 'Heidi', she later became U.S. ambassador to Ghana and Czechoslovakia. She died at the age of 85 on February 10, 2014
90 years ago
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