On This Day

On This Day in History for April 23 (Part 2)

Events in History

  • 1991 USSR grants republics right to secede under certain conditions
  • 1992 Marion Berry (former mayor of Washington, D.C.) let out of prison
  • 1992 McDonald's opens its 1st fast-food restaurant in China
  • 1993 Eritrea votes to secede from Ethiopia
  • 1994 Army shoots to death 23-40 fishermen in Gonaives, Haiti
  • 1994 General Tire World Bowling Tournament of Champions won by Norm Duke

Electoral defeatPresidential Convention

1994 Libertarian party nominates Howard Stern for Governor of NY

Radio shock jock Howard Stern
Radio shock jock
Howard Stern

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1995 President Clinton declares a national day of mourning for Oklahoma City

42nd US President Bill Clinton
42nd US President
Bill Clinton
  • 1996 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Reno NV on KRZQ 96.5 FM
  • 1996 Sotherby begins 4 day auction of Jackie O stuff-take in $34.5 million
  • 1996 US docuseries "Forensic Files" (Medical Detectives) premieres on TLC Network
  • 1997 Omaria massacre in Algeria: 42 villagers are killed.

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

2002 Pope John Paul II meets with U.S. Catholic Church leaders at Vatican regarding sexual abuse of minors

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II

PandemicSARS Outbreak

2003 Beijing closes all schools for two weeks because of the SARS virus

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The SARS virus, known technically as SARS-CoV (coronavirus). First appearing in China in 2002, the disease spread to 29 countries before it was stopped.
The SARS virus, known technically as SARS-CoV (coronavirus). First appearing in China in 2002, the disease spread to 29 countries before it was stopped.
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  • 2009 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
  • 2011 Zach Daniels defeated Rick Michaels to become the new TNT Heavyweight Champion.

  • 2012 Netherlands Prime Minister, Mark Rutte, tenders resignation, paving the way for early elections
  • 2012 Rangers F.C. owner, Craig Whyte, is banned for life from any involvement in Scottish football
  • 2013 28 people are killed and 70 are injured during clashes between police and Sunni Muslims in Hawija, Iraq
  • 2013 21 people are killed during violent unrest in Xinjiang, China

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2013 A 1% flash crash hits the US stock market after a news agency was hacked and claimed injury to President Obama

44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama
  • 2013 The French National Assembly passes an amended bill legalizing same-sex marriage
  • 2014 60 people are killed & 80 are injured after a train crashes in The Democratic Republic of the Congo

AppointmentAppointment of Interest

2015 Loretta Lynch is confirmed as the first African-American woman as US Attorney-General, succeeding Eric Holder

82nd Attorney General of the United States Eric Holder
82nd Attorney General of the United States
Eric Holder
  • 2018 Van deliberately driven into pedestrians in Toronto, Canada, killing 10 and injuring 13
  • 2018 Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan resigns after 10 years in office after mass protests against him beginning an unconstitutional third term
  • 2018 Mario Abdo Benítez is elected President of Paraguay
  • 2019 At least 54 jade miners buried by a mudslide in Kachin state, Myanmar
  • 2019 Second of two major earthquakes strikes island of Samar, Philippines, magnitude 6.3, a day after magnitude 6.1 hits Luzon Island killing at least 16 people
  • 2019 World's first malaria vaccine, giving partial protection to children, begins in Malawi by the WHO
  • 2020 First findings of a frog fossil 40 million years old, found on Seymour Island, Antarctica (2015) published in "Scientific Reports"
  • 2020 Ecuador's COVID-19 death toll is then one of world's highest per capita after 7,600 more deaths than usual (503 official toll), in report by "The New York Times"

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2020 German Chancellor Angela Merkel warns this is "not the end phase but still just the beginning" of the COVID-19 pandemic

Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel
Chancellor of Germany
Angela Merkel

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2020 US President Donald Trump suggests COVID-19 might be treated by injecting disinfectant or UV lights into a human body at a White House press briefing. Government officials and disinfectant companies quickly state doing so is not only extremely dangerous but potentially deadly.

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump

Birthdays in History

  • 1965 Leni Robredo (née Gerona), Filipina lawyer, social activist, and politician (Vice President of the Philippines, 2016-present), born in Naga, Camarines Sur, Philippines
  • 1966 Jim Stynes [James], Hall of Fame Australian rules footballer (only foreigner to win Brownlow medal), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 2012)

Person of interestTimothy McVeigh

1968 Timothy McVeigh, American Oklahoma City bomber and terrorist, born in Lockport, New York (d. 2001)

Oklahoma City Bomber and Terrorist Timothy McVeigh
Oklahoma City Bomber and Terrorist
Timothy McVeigh
  • 1968 Aisha bint Al Hussein, Princess of Jordan, twin of Princess Zein and sister of King Abdullah II, born in Amman, Jordan
  • 1968 Zein bint Al Hussein, Princess of Jordan, twin of Princess Aisha and sister of King Abdullah II, born in Amman, Jordan
  • 1972 Pierre Labrie, Canadian poet, born in Mont-Joli, Quebec
  • 1981 Gabriella Windsor, daughter of Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, born in St. Mary's Hospital, London
  • 1981 Chris Sharma, American rock climber, born in Santa Cruz, California
  • 1987 Emily Fox, American cupstacking champion, born in Highlands Ranch, Colorado
  • 2018 Prince Louis of Cambridge, English son of Prince William and Duchess of Cambridge, born in London

Weddings in History


Divorces in History


Deaths in History