Today is Saturday, April 23, the 113th day of 2005. There are 252 days left in the year. The Jewish holiday Passover begins at sunset. On this date in 1564, is believed to be the birthdate of English poet and dramatist William Shakespeare; he dies 52 years later, also on April 23.
In 1348, King Edward III of England establishes the Order of the Garter. In 1789, President-elect Washington and his wife move into the first executive mansion, the Franklin House, in New York. In 1791, the 15th president of the United States, James Buchanan, is born in Franklin County, Pa. In 1904, the American Academy of Arts and Letters is founded. In 1940, about 200 people die in a dance hall fire in Natchez, Miss. In 1954, Hank Aaron of the Milwaukee Braves hits the first of his record 755 major-league home runs, in a game against the St. Louis Cardinals. (The Braves win, 7-5.) In 1969, Sirhan Sirhan is sentenced to death for assassinating New York Sen. Robert F. Kennedy. (The sentence is later reduced to life imprisonment.) In 1985, the Coca-Cola Co. announces it is changing the secret flavor formula for Coke (negative public reaction forces the company to resume selling the original version). In 1993, labor leader Cesar Chavez dies in San Luis, Ariz., at age 66. In 1998, James Earl Ray, who'd confessed to assassinating the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968 and then insisted he'd been framed, dies at a Nashville hospital at age 70.
April 23, 1980: Sen. Edward M. Kennedy squeaks past President Carter to capture a Pennsylvania presidential primary victory and George Bush beats Ronald Reagan, 54 percent to 45 percent.
American Welding and Manufacturing Co. wins a $3.8 million contract to produce engine components for the U.S. Air Force's F-15 and F-16 fighter aircraft, U.S. Rep Lyle Williams announces.
April 23, 1965: Gov. James A. Rhodes, in Salem for the annual conference of District 665 of Rotary International, cuts the ribbon at the Great Atlantic & amp; Pacific Tea Co.'s new Super Right Meat Center, a plant large enough to house three football fields.
More than 650 Youngstown area business and civic leaders salute Alfred S. Glossbrenner, president and chief executive officer of Youngstown Sheet & amp; Tube Co., for distinguished service to the Mahoning Valley industrial region.
Seven-year-old Wesley White of Griffith Street finds its better to watch Roy Rogers on television than try to imitate him while playing cowboy. The lad climbed on a roof over his front door while playing, fell and broke his arm.
April 23, 1955: Mahoning County's initial shipment of Salk anti-polio vaccine will be enough to give the initial inoculation to 11,088 first and second graders.
The 37th state convention of the Army-Navy Union being held in Youngstown opens with a memorial service in the Hotel Pick-Ohio.
April 23, 1930: Youngstown cops have dubbed a new bootleg liquor "Two-Block Whiskey" after noticing an increasing number of inebriates on the streets. As the name implies, the imbiber takes a number of drinks in one block and falls down from its effects in the next.
Following the deaths of more than 300 convicts in a fire at the Ohio Penitentiary, lawmakers are being blamed for passing laws to increase the prison population while neglecting to provide facilities for their proper care.
The Heller Bros. Co. of Youngstown is awarded the $700,000 general contract for construction of the Warner Theater in W. Federal Street. Total cost of the new theater is estimated at $1.4 million.