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April 23, 2018

On this day in 1973
"Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Ole Oak Tree" by Tony Orlando & Dawn was the #1 song.

Today's Celebrity Birthdays

Actress (Every Witch Way) Autumn Wendel, 21.  Actor (The Time Traveler’s Wife) Alex Ferris, 21.  Actor (Never Let Me Go) Charlie Rowe, 22.  Model (The Magic Gap)/actress (Silent Witness) Gigi Hadid, 23.  Actor (Slumdog Millionaire) Dev Patel, 28.  Actor (Zoey 101) Matthew Underwood, 28.  Actress (Z Nation) Anastasia Baranova, 29.  Actress (True Blood) Molly Burnett, 30.  Actress (Show Me a Hero) Carla Quevedo, 30.  Actress (Fifty Shades of Grey) Rachel Skarsten, 33.  Actor (Chicago P.D.) Jesse Lee Soffer, 34.  Actor (Geek) Aaron Hill, 35.  Actress (Game of Thrones, The Wolfman) Gemma Whelan, 37.  Actress (Not Going Out, Outlaw) Sally Bretton, 38.  Model/actress (Planet of the Apes, Ripple Effect) Joanna Krupa, 39.  Actress (Hart of Dixie, Pearl Harbor) Jaime King, 39.  Writer/comedian/actor (Community)/TV host (Last Week Tonight with John Oliver) John Oliver, 41.  Actor (Jurassic World, Green Room) Eric Edelstein, 41.  Actor (Designated Survivor, Harold & Kumar movies) Kal Penn, 41.  Professional wrestler/actor (The Marine, 12 Rounds) John Cena, 41.  Actor (Newsies)/cartoon voicist (The Land Before Time) Gabriel Damon, 42.  Actor (7th Heaven, Boogeyman) Barry Watson, 44.  Actor (The Postman, Tuck Everlasting) Scott Bairstow, 48.  Television medical correspondent (The Doctors, Good Morning America) Jennifer Ashton, 49.  Actress (CSI: NY, Providence) Melina Kanakaredes, 51.  Actor (The Mummy, Four Weddings and a Funeral) John Hannah, 56.  Comedian (Lopez Tonight, George Lopez) George Lopez, 57.  Actress (Hot in Cleveland, One Day at a Time) Valerie Bertinelli, 58.  Actor (One Tree Hill, A River Runs Through It) Craig Sheffer, 58.  Actress (Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation, Varsity Blues) Tonie Perensky, 59.  Actress (Barton Fink, Deconstructing Harry) Judy Davis, 63.  Actress (Rain Man, Thelma & Louise) Lucinda Jenney, 64.  Writer/producer/director/narrator (Bowling for Columbine, Roger & Me) Michael Moore, 64.  Actor (Django Unchained, Donnie Brasco) James Russo, 65.  Drummer/producer (Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey)/singer (I Don’t Want Nobody Else-To Dance With You) Narada Michael Walden, 66.  Actor (Notting Hill, Avengers: Age of Ultron) Henry Goodman, 68.  Actress (Three’s Company, Rock Story) Joyce DeWitt, 69.  Actress (Robin’s Nest, The Beast in the Cellar) Tessa Wyatt, 70.  Actress (Fringe, The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd) Blair Brown, 72.  Hockey Hall of Famer Tony Esposito, 75.  Actor (The Fall Guy, The Six Million Dollar Man) Lee Majors, 79.  Actor (Bridget Loves Bernie, St. Elsewhere) David Birney, 79.  Actor (The NeverEnding Story)/cartoon voicist (He-Man and the Masters of the Universe) Alan Oppenheimer, 88. Film producer (Scalawag)/ actress (The Jack Benny Program) Anne Douglas, 99.

 Today's ODJA Birthday Babe

Gigi Hadid

What a Day This Has Been

April 23, 1616…Poet/playwright (Hamlet, Macbeath, Othello, King Lear, Much Ado About Nothing, Merchant of Venice, Twelfth Night, As You Like It, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Romeo and Juliet, The Taming of the Shrew, The Comedy of Errors, Richard III, All's Well That Ends Well) William Shakespeare died at the age of 52.

April 23, 1635…Boston Latin School, the first public school in the United States and also the country's oldest existing school, was founded in Boston.

April 23, 1789…One week before his inauguration, U.S. President-elect George Washington moved into America's first executive mansion, Samuel Osgood House (a/k/a the Walter Franklin House) in New York City, during the two-year period when New York was the nation's capital. The Osgood House was demolished in 1856.

April 23, 1914…In Chicago, a capacity crowd of about 21,000 people witnessed the first baseball game played at Weeghman Park. The Federal League's Chicago Chi-Feds won their home opener against the Kansas City Packers, 9-1. In 1916, the Chicago Cubs began using the facility, which in 1927 was renamed Wrigley Field.

April 23, 1940…A fire at the Rhythm Night Club in Natchez, Mississippi killed 209 people and injured many more. It was then the second-deadliest building fire in U.S. history.

April 23, 1943…At the Apollo Theater in Harlem, the Earl "Fatha" Hines Band began a series of engagements featuring then-unknowns Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, and Sarah Vaughan.

April 23, 1951…Banker/30th U.S. Vice President Charles Dawes died at age 85. His 1912 composition, "Melody in A Major," with lyrics added in 1951 by Carl Sigman, became the popular song "It's All In The Game."

April 23, 1954…Hank Aaron of the Milwaukee Braves, baseball's future home run king, hit his first major league home run (off St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Vic Raschi).

April 23, 1956...Elvis Presley made his Las Vegas debut, opening for the Freddie Martin Orchestra and comedian Shecky Greene at the New Frontier Hotel. Although he had become a teen sensation by this time, Elvis was not the typical Vegas Strip entertainer of the period and the audience reception was cool-to-indifferent. The contract was torn up after one week of what was supposed to be a two-week engagement. The experience was not a total loss, however. While there, Presley witnessed Freddie Bell and the Bellboys doing a raucous version of Big Mama Thornton's blues hit "Hound Dog," and he soon worked that song into his live act.

April 23, 1959…The musical "Destry Rides Again," starring Dolores Gray, Andy Griffith, and Scott Brady, opened at New York's Imperial Theatre for 472 performances.

April 23, 1960…At Paul McCartney's aunt's pub in Caversham, Berkshire, England, Paul and John Lennon performed a set together as the Nurk Twins.

April 23, 1962…The Beatles made their first appearance on record – as backup musicians – when Tony Sheridan released the single "My Bonnie," credited to Tony Sheridan And The Beat Brothers. John Lennon later said, "It's just Tony Sheridan singing with us banging in the background. They're flogging it, but I wish they'd just shut up! It's terrible! It could be anybody." It was not a hit.

April 23, 1963…Jan & Dean recorded "Surf City," co-written by Brian Wilson and Jan Berry, with the Beach Boys providing background vocals. The instrumentation was by members of the famed group of Los Angeles studio musicians known as the "Wrecking Crew." This became the first surf song single to reach #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

April 23, 1963…The original Broadway production of the musical "She Loves Me," starring Barbara Baxley, Jack Cassidy, and Barbara Cook, opened at New York's Eugene O'Neill Theatre for 301 performances.

April 23, 1964…The Beatles were filmed running around Thornbury Playing Fields in Middlesex, England, for their first movie, "A Hard Day's Night." The footage was combined with an earlier sequence shot at London's Gatwick Airport and became the famous "Can't Buy Me Love" scene. John Lennon was attending a luncheon to honor manager Brian Epstein at the time and not present for the film shoot. A body double was used.

April 23, 1965…The Rolling Stones began their third North American tour with a show at the Maurice Richard Arena in Montréal, their first live performance in Canada. Over the following three nights, they did concerts in Ottawa, Toronto, and London, Ontario.

April 23, 1965…The Four Tops released the single "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)."

April 23, 1968…In New York City, student protesters at Columbia University took over the administration buildings and shut down the school. One week later, the NYPD violently ended the demonstration with nearly 150 injuries, including 132 students, and 700 arrests.

April 23, 1969…Sirhan Sirhan was sentenced to death in the California gas chamber for the 1968 killing of U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy. The sentence was later commuted to life in prison when all existing death penalty statutes were invalidated in 1972.

April 23, 1969…Johnny Cash, June Carter Cash, Bob Newhart, and Vicki Carr were the guest performers on CBS-TV's "The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour."

April 23, 1970…Norman Greenbaum's single "Spirit In The Sky" was certified Gold.

April 23, 1970…Humorist/1940s radio host/1950s television host (Two For The Money) Herb Shriner, often compared to Will Rogers because of his homespun monologues, was killed in a car accident at age 51. His wife also died in the accident when the brakes failed on Shriner's Studebaker Avanti, one of several vintage automobiles he had collected.

April 23, 1971…The Rolling Stones released the album "Sticky Fingers," their 9th British and 11th American studio album. The original vinyl release had a cover – a pair of jeans, complete with working zipper that opened to reveal cotton briefs – designed by Andy Warhol, who was paid $15,000 for the art work. The crotch photographed for the cover was that of actor Joe Dallesandro and not Mick Jagger as widely assumed.

April 23, 1974…Mama Cass collapsed from exhaustion just before her scheduled appearance as guest host on NBC-TV's "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson."

April 23, 1975…Pink Floyd played the first concert of five sold out nights at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena.

April 23, 1975…Actor (Doctor Who, This Sporting Life, The Mouse That Roared, Carry on Sergeant, To Have and to Hold, Shake Hands with the Devil, They Drive by Night, Heavens Above!) William Hartnell died after a stroke at age 67.

April 23, 1976…The Rolling Stones released their 13th British and 15th American studio album, "Black and Blue," the band's first studio album with Ronnie Wood as the replacement for Mick Taylor.

April 23, 1976…The Ramones released their self-titled debut album.

April 23, 1977…Joan Jett, with Blondie as her opening act, appeared at the Whisky A Go Go in Los Angeles.

April 23, 1981…In Ottawa, the House of Commons approved the final version of Canada's proposed constitution.

April 23, 1981…Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins gave a performance in Stuttgart, West Germany that was recorded and released as the album "The Survivors."

April 23, 1983…In Chapel Hill, North Carolina, U2  began a 48-date North American tour with a UNICEF Carolina Concert For Children benefit at Kenan Stadium. Their supporting acts were the Producers and Todd Rundgren

April 23, 1983…Actor (Captain Gallant of the Foreign Legion, Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe, Flash Gordon, Tarzan the Fearless, Buck Rogers, Flash Gordon's Trip to Mars, Million Dollar Legs, The Sweetheart of Sigma Chi, King of the Jungle, That's My Boy)/competitive swimmer (won the 1932 Olympic Gold Medal for 400-meter freestyle swimming) Clarence Linden "Buster" Crabbe died of a heart attack at 75.

April 23, 1984…Jazz pianist ('Round About Midnight, Milestones) William "Red" Garland, a member of the Miles Davis Quintet, died after a heart attack at age 60.

April 23, 1985…Liberace first appeared on the TV soap opera "Another World." He also was a guest VJ on MTV later in the afternoon.

April 23, 1985…The Coca-Cola Company announced that it was changing its 99-year-old secret formula. New Coke was not a hit with consumers, and the company resumed selling the original version.

April 23, 1985…The "We Are The World" album was released. In addition to the title track, the album included nine previously unreleased songs by donating artists, including Prince, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, and Tina Turner, among others.

April 23, 1986…Composer (Over The Rainbow, Blues In The Night, That Old Black Magic, Stormy Weather, It's Only A Paper Moon, One For My Baby, Ive Got The World On A String, Ac-cent-tchu-ate the Positive, Come Rain Or Come Shine, Get Happy, Let's Fall In Love) Harold Arlen died at the age of 81.

April 23, 1986…Film director (Anatomy of a Murder, Laura, The Man with the Golden Arm, Exodus, Hurry Sundown, Advise & Consent, Porgy and Bess, The Moon Is Blue, The Cardinal, Forever Amber, Carmen Jones, River of No Return, In Harm's Way, The Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell, The Human Factor, Rosebud)/actor (Stalag 17, Margin for Error, They Got Me Covered, The Pied Piper) Otto Preminger died of cancer at age 80.

April 23, 1987…Carole King sued her record label for breach of contract, claiming that Ode owner Lou Adler owed her more than $400,000 in royalties. She also asked for the rights to her old recordings.

April 23, 1987…Roy Orbison celebrated his 51st birthday by re-recording some of his biggest hits.

April 23, 1988…A U.S. federal law took effect that banned smoking on commercial airline flights that were of less than two hours duration.

April 23, 1988…Whitney Houston broke the chart record held by the Beatles and the Bee Gees when "Where Do Broken Hearts Go" became her seventh consecutive single to top the Billboard Hot 100.

April 23, 1988…In Los Angeles during Bruce Springsteen's concert at the Sports Arena, Roy Orbison was brought onstage so that fans could sing "Happy Birthday" to him in celebration of his 52nd birthday.

April 23, 1988…Prince released the single "Alphabet St."

April 23, 1989…After 20 seasons, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar of the Los Angeles Lakers played his last National Basketball Association game.

April 23, 1990…Actress (Modern Times, The Great Dictator, Second Chorus, Reap the Wild Wind, Pot o' Gold, So Proudly We Hail!, Star Spangled Rhythm, The Diary of a Chambermaid, Hold Back the Dawn, The Bohemian Girl, North West Mounted Police, Roman Scandals, The Women) Paulette Goddard died of heart failure at 78.

April 23, 1991…Producer (The Big Bounce, Two of a Kind, The Tammy Grimes Show)/actor (American Gigolo) William Dozier, co-producer/narrator of TV's "Batman" and "The Green Hornet," died after a stroke at age 83.

April 23, 1991…Punk rock singer/songwriter/guitarist (Personality Crisis, Live at Max's Kansas City, So Alone) Johnny Thunders, a member of the New York Dolls and the Heartbreakers before becoming a solo act, died at age 38. Initially it was thought the cause of death was drug-related, but his autopsy revealed advanced leukemia.

April 23, 1992…McDonald's opened its first fast-food restaurant in China.

April 23, 1993…Reba McEntire's "Rumor Has It" album was certified Platinum.

April 23, 1993…United Farm Workers founder César Chávez died at the age of 66.

April 23, 1995…The Sunday Times of London reported that Peter Hodgson of Liverpool had found a 1959 tape in his attic containing some of the Beatles' earliest recordings. The 16-song tape included "Hello Little Girl," a Lennon-McCartney composition the Beatles never recorded commercially, and Ray Charles' "Hallelujah, I Love Her So." The tape was made on a reel-to-reel recorder that Paul McCartney had borrowed from Hodgson's father.

April 23, 1995…Sportscaster/analyst (Monday Night Football)/TV variety show host (Saturday Night Live with Howard Cosell)/Television Hall of Famer Howard Cosell died after a heart attack at 77.

April 23, 1996…An auction of the late Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis' possessions began at Sotheby's in New York City. The items sold for a four-day total of $34.5 million. The estate sale – a gift to her children that Jackie had specified in her will – exceeded Sotheby's expectations by 750%.

April 23, 1996…Journalist/actress/author (Mary Poppins, Mary Poppins Comes Back, Mary Poppins Opens the Door, Mary Poppins in the Park, The Magic Compass) Pamela Lyndon "P.L." Travers died at the age of 96.

April 23, 1997…The Four Tops received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

April 23, 1998…James Earl Ray died of liver failure at age 70 while serving a life sentence in prison for the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Ray confessed to the crime, but later recanted insisting he had been framed.

April 23, 2000…Johnny Cash was honored by the U.S. Library of Congress with their Living Legend award.

April 23, 2002…Kenny Chesney released his seventh studio album, "No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems."

April 23, 2004…Former radio-TV sportscaster (Los Angeles Angels, Rams and Lakers, Chicago Cubs, Detroit Lions, Philadelphia Phillies, Washington Senators) Bill Brundige died of heart failure at 89.

April 23, 2005… had its first video uploaded. Titled "Me at the Zoo," the video shows YouTube co-founder Jawed Karim visiting the San Diego Zoo.

April 23, 2005…Actor (Gandhi, Great Expectations, Bean, Swiss Family Robinson, Hamlet, Tunes of Glory, Operation Crossbow, War and Peace, Sahara, Ryan's Daughter, The Thirty Nine Steps, Around the World in Eighty Days, The Parent Trap, The Rocking Horse Winner, I Was Monty's Double, Oh! What a Lovely War, Hobson's Choice, The Big Sleep, Oklahoma Crude, Young Winston) John Mills died of pneumonia at age 97.

April 23, 2005…Composer (Jumping Bean, Lament, Westminster Waltz, A Star Is Born, Destiny Waltz, Portrait Of A Flirt, TV and movie scores for The Prisoner, Colditz, Secret Army, A Man Called Intrepid, Captain Horatio Hornblower R.N., Maytime in Mayfair)/trumpeter/arranger/conductor Robert Farnon died at 87.

April 23, 2006…Artist manager (Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Al Green, Percy Sledge) Phil Walden, co-founder of Capricorn Records, died of cancer at age 66.

April 23, 2007…Former president of Russia Boris Yeltsin died of heart failure at 76.

April 23, 2007…Journalist/historian/author (The Breaks of the Game, The Powers That Be, The Reckoning, The Best and the Brightest) David Halberstam died of auto accident injuries at age 73 after the car in which he was a passenger turned after stopping at a red light and was hit broadside by an oncoming vehicle.

April 23, 2008…Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora was sentenced to three years probation after pleading guilty to the charge of driving under the influence of alcohol.

April 23, 2009…The iTunes Music Store reached 1 billion downloaded applications.

April 23, 2010…Mel Brooks received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

April 23, 2010…Singer (Come Go With Me, Whispering Bells, Cool Shake) Norman Wright of the Dell-Vikings died at 72.

April 23, 2011…Recording studio owner/record producer (Before The Last Teardrop Falls, She's About A Mover, I'm A Fool To Care, Talk To Me, You'll Lose A Good Thing) Huey P. Meaux died at the age of 82.

April 23, 2011…Guitarist/songwriter (Time Won't Let Me)/arranger Tom King, founder of the Outsiders, died of congestive heart failure at age 68.

April 23, 2012…In North Carolina, the trial of former U.S. senator and presidential candidate John Edwards began after he was indicted on six felony charges, including illegal use of campaign funds. On May 31, 2012, Edwards was found not guilty of illegal use of campaign funding, and mistrials were declared on the other five counts. The Justice Department later dropped the charges and said they would not attempt to retry him.

April 23, 2015…Ex-U.S. Central Intelligence Agency Director David Petraeus, a retired four-star general who led troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, whose career ended after it was revealed he had an affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell, received two years probation and a $100,000 fine for leaking military secrets to Broadwell. 

April 23, 2015…Children's television performer (The Elephant Show, Skinnamarink TV on CBC-TV in Canada, Nickelodeon and The Learning Channel in the U.S.)/recording artist Lois Lilienstein of the musical trio Sharon, Lois and Bram, died of cancer at 78.

April 23, 2015…Longtime TIME magazine film critic Richard Corliss died a week after suffering a stroke at 71.

April 23, 2015…Actor (Everybody Loves Raymond, Frank McKlusky C.I.) Sawyer Sweeten committed suicide at age 19.

April 23, 2016… In Brooklyn, New York, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band played the first of two nights of  The River Tour at the Barclays Center. The second night was on April 25.

April 23, 2016…Actress (The Flying Nun, Guiding Light, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Changeling, Sweet Bird of Youth, Hurry Sundown, Parrish, Pendulum, Resurrection) Madeleine Sherwood died at the age of 93.

April 23, 2017…Neil Diamond continued the North American leg of his 50-Year Anniversary World Tour with a concert at Amalie Arena in Tampa.

April 23, 2017…Political columnist/editor (National Review)/TV commentator (The Capital Gang) Kate O’Beirne died of lung cancer at 67.

April 23, 2017...TV writer (The Andy Williams Show, Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In)/producer (The Andy Williams Show, The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour, The Gong Show, That's My Mama) Chris Bearde died at age 80.

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