April 23 Dateline

Famous Birthdays

1564 - William Shakespeare, English Poet, Playwright and Actor (It's always a challenge to verify facts about him, but it is believed that on this day, Shakespeare was born, and baptized on the 26th. He died in Stratford on the same day, April 23, in 1616.  He is widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language, and world's pre-eminent dramatist.) Resource: W. Shakespeare - Poet

1676 - King Frederick I of Sweden
1775 - William Turner, Ornithologist
1857 - Ruggiero Leoncavallo, Italian Opera Composer (Famous for his opera I Pagliacci)
1891 - Sergei Prokofiev, Soviet Composer, Pianist, Conductor
1928 - Shirley Temple, Actress and Singer
1936 - Roy Orbison, Singer
1939 - Lee Majors, Actor
1955 - Judy Davis, Actress

Composer Sergei Prokofiev

Enjoy a video of S. Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 1, featuring Martha Argerich with Alexandre Ravinovitch conducting. Filmed at the La Roque d'Anthéron festival on July 29th, 2005. (Two other Prokofiev works you might want to listen to: "Classical Symphony" and his famous symphonic fairy tale "Peter and the Wolf.") 

Historical Events

1533 - The Archbishop of Canterbury annuls the marriage of Catherine of Aragon and King Henry VIII. First, he had to pass a law repudiating jurisdiction of the Roman Catholic Church over England.

1942 - Germans begin the Baedeker Raids on England during World War II, beginning with a bomb strike over Exeter in retaliation for the British raid on Lubeck.

1968 - Britain starts using decimal currency, with the introduction of the 5p and 10p coin.

1975 - U.S. President Gerald Ford announces that the Vietnam War is over.

1984 - Scientists discover the HTLV-3 virus, which is thought to cause AIDS. In 1987, its name is changed to HIV.

2003 - Beijing in china closes all schools for two weeks due to a SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) virus scare.

Video Credit:
Prokofiev, Piano Concerto No 1, Martha Argerich and Alexandre Rabinovitch COMPLETE. YouTube, uploaded by mmoyman. Accessed April 23, 2017.

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2. Chambers Biographical Dictionary, 19th Ed. London: Chambers Harrap, 2011
3. Dateline. Sydney: Millennium House, (2006)
4. Grun, Bernard. The Timestables of History, New 3rd Revised Ed. Simon & Schuster/Touchstone (1991)

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