On This Day: April 23rd

I’ll be posting a few fun little things that happened on this day in history. I’ll also add my own commentary to the mix now and then as well.

Note: Not all events will be pleasant, but I promise to throw in as many quirky and pleasant ones as I can to balance.

April 23rd

I have a special day for this one. It’s personal. On this day, April 23rd, 1991, my sister, Sarah Elizabeth Crider was born. She would have been thirty years old today. May she rest in peace.

1597- William Shakespeare’s “The Merry Wives of Windsor” is first performed, with Queen Elizabeth I of England in attendance

1968- 1st decimal coins issued in Britain (5 & 10 new pence, replacing shilling and two-shilling pieces)

1635- Oldest US public institution, Boston Latin School founded

1661- English king Charles II crowned in London

1789- President-elect George Washington moves into Franklin House, New York

1851- Canada issues its 1st postage stamps

1861- Robert E. Lee named commander of Virginia Confederate forces (US Civil War)

1871- Blossom Rock in San Francisco Bay blown up

1891- Jews are expelled from Moscow, Russia

1931- US gangster film “The Public Enemy” starring James Cagney and Jean Harlow premieres

1936- MLB pitcher Carl Hubbell’s 1st start of season is his 17th straight win for the new York Giants

1940- Dance hall fires kills 198 in Natchez, Mississippi

My source and more facts at On This Day

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