On This Day

What Happened on April 23

Important Events

  • 215 BC A temple, built on the Capitoline Hill, is dedicated to Venus Erycina to commemorate the Roman defeat at Lake Trasimene
  • 1014 King Brian Boru of Ireland defeats Viking forces at Battle of Clontarf, freeing Ireland from foreign control
  • 1597 William Shakespeare's "The Merry Wives of Windsor" is first performed, with Queen Elizabeth I of England in attendance
  • 1861 Robert E. Lee named commander of Virginia Confederate forces (US Civil War)
  • 1968 1st decimal coins issued in Britain (5 & 10 new pence, replacing shilling and two-shilling pieces)
  • 1984 AIDS-virus identified as HTLV-III (acquired immune deficiency syndrome)
  • More Historical Events

Apr 23 in Film & TV

  • 2016 Beyoncé releases her 6th album "Lemonade" with a 1 hour film on HBO

Apr 23 in Sport

  • 2013 West Indian cricketer, Chris Gayle, smashes the fastest century in history (30 balls)

Did You Know?

Gamma ray burst (GRB) 090423 is observed for 10 seconds, the most distant object of any kind and also the oldest known object in the universe

On April 23, 2009

Would You Believe?

Wine merchant William Sokolin breaks a bottle of 1787 Château Margaux, possibly belonging to Thomas Jefferson, worth $500,000 at the Four Seasons restaurant in New York

On April 23, 1989

Famous Weddings

  • 1445 Margaret of Anjou weds King Henry VI of England in Titchfield, Hampshire
  • 1843 Samuel Gridley Howe, American physician and educator, marries Julia Ward, American poet and author
  • 1925 Film producer Samuel Goldwyn (42) weds actress Frances Howard (21)

Famous Divorces

  • 1982 Professional boxer George Foreman (33) divorces Sharon Goodson after 7 months of marriage
  • 1992 British Princess Anne (the Princess Royal) and her 1st husband Captain Mark Phillips divorce after 19 years
  • 1993 Motley Crue's Mike Mars files for divorce from Emi-Canyn

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