23rd April

Born on this Day 23rd April
1564 William Shakespeare
1775 J.M. Turner
1936 Roy Orbison
1926 J.P. Donleavey
1928 Shirley Temple Black
1928 Sir Bill Cotton
1940 Lee Majors
1941 Ed Stewart
1955 Mike Smith

Died on this Day
1616 William Shakespeare
1850 William Wordsworth
1915 Rupert Brooke


1961 Billy Fury’s planned American TV debut on the prestigious ‘Dick Clark Show’ was cancelled at the last minute with no reason being given.

1978 Sex Pistol Sid Vicious was filmed singing his version of Frank Sinatra’s theme song ‘My Way’.

1983 Dexy’s Midnight Runners reached No.1 in the US with their single ‘Come On Eileen’.


1991 In a comeback match in competitive tennis, former Wimbledon champ Bjorn Borg, still playing with a wooden racket, suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands of Jordi Arrese, ranked 52nd in the world.

People & Showbiz

1879 The Shakespeare Memorial Theatre was opened in Stratford -on-Avon.

General Events

1661 Charles II was crowned King of England.

1968 5 pence and 10 pence coins were issued in Britain, replacing the old 1 shilling and 2 shilling coins.

1981 Unemployment in the UK reached 2.5 million.

1984 The discovery of the AIDS virus was announced in the US,
meanwhile Vicomte Paul De la Panouse announced the birth of the world’s first tigon at his tiger park in Paris. A tigon being the cross between a tiger and a lioness.

1991 Ratners chairman Gerald Ratner, speaking before the Institute of Directors claimed ‘People say: how can you sell for such a low price? I say: because its total crap. We even sell a pair of gold earrings for under a pound, which is cheaper than a prawn sandwich, but I have to say that the sandwich will probably last longer than the earrings’.

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