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This Day in History – April 23

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This Day In History1597—William Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor is first performed, with Queen Elizabeth 1 of England in attendance.

1635—Oldest US public institution, Boston Latin School founded.
 
1798—President-elect George Washington moves into Franklin House,NY.
 
1838—English steamship “Great Western” crossing Atlantic docks in NYC.
 
1861—Arkansas troops seize Ft.Smith.
 
1900—First known occurrence of word “hillbillie”  (NY Journal)
 
1919—Major league baseball open a reduced 140-game season.
 
1921—Charles Paddock runs world record 100m (10.4 secs)
 
1939—Boston Red Sox Ted Williams hits his 1st home run.
 
1940—NY Yankees dedicate a plaque to Jacob Rupert.
 
1949—courtesy mail boxes for motorists started in San Francisco.
 
1954—Hammerin’ Hank Aaron hits 1st of his 755 homers.
 
1959—“Destry Rides Again” opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 472 performances.
 
1962—1st US satellite to reach the moon launched.
 
1969—Sirhan Sirhan sentenced to death for killing Bobby Kennedy.
 
1972—Apollo 16 astronauts explores Moon surface.
 
1978—Reds Joe Morgan ends record streak of 91 errorless games at 2nd base.
 
1985—New Coke debuts; Coca-Cola announced it is changing its secret flavor formula.
 
1988—Federal smoking ban during domestic airline flights of 2 hours or less.
 
1992—Marion Berry (former mayor of Washington, DC) let out of prison.
 
1992—McDonald’s opens 1st fast-food restaurant in China.
 
1997—32nd Academy of Country Music Awards: LeAnn Rimes & Brooks & Dunn are winners.
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