Today in History for 23rd April 2022

Historical Events

1344 – Order of the Garter founded by English King Edward III, the most senior knighthood in the UK with just 24 living members plus the monarch (or 1348)
1597 – William Shakespeare’s “The Merry Wives of Windsor” is first performed, with Queen Elizabeth I of England in attendance
1918 – Dover Patrol overthrows Germany U-boat in East Sea
1948 – KSTP TV channel 5 in St Paul-Minneapolis, MN (ABC) 1st broadcast
1953 – WCOV TV channel 20 in Montgomery, AL (IND/CBS) begins broadcasting
1996 – US docuseries “Forensic Files” (Medical Detectives) premieres on TLC Network

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Famous Birthdays

1818 – James Anthony Froude, English historian and novelist (The Nemesis of Faith), born in Dartington Rectory, Devon (d. 1894)
1900 – Jim Bottomley, American baseball player, born in Oglesby, Illinois (d. 1959)
1914 – John Hubbard, American actor (Don’t Call Me Charlie, The Tall T, One Million B.C.), born in East Chicago, Indiana (d. 1988)
1920 – Eric Yarrow, British businessman, CEO (Clydesdale Bank), born in Frensham, Surrey
1939 – Ray Peterson, American singer (“Tell Laura I Love Her”), born in Denton, Texas (d. 2005)
1977 – Willie Mitchell, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Port McNeill, British Columbia, Canada

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Famous Deaths

1124 – Alexander I, King of Scots (1107-24), dies at 47
1792 – Karl Friedrich Bahrdt, German theologian and adventurer, dies at 50
1996 – Jean Victor Allard, Canadian army general, dies at 82
1998 – James Earl Ray, American assassin of Martin Luther King Jr., dies while still under detention of complications related to kidney disease and liver failure caused by hepatitis C at 70
2010 – Peter Porter, Australian-British author and poet (Chair of Babel), dies at 81
2021 – Bill Whittington, American auto racer (24 Hours of Le Mans 1979), dies in a plane crash at 71

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