updated 4/23/2005 12:41:41 AM ET 2005-04-23T04:41:41

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.

Today’s Highlight in History:
April 23, 1564, is believed to be the birthdate of English poet and dramatist William Shakespeare; he died 52 years later, also on April 23.

On this date:
In 1348, King Edward III of England established the Order of the Garter.

In 1789, President-elect Washington and his wife moved into the first executive mansion, the Franklin House, in New York.

In 1791, the 15th president of the United States, James Buchanan, was born in Franklin County, Pa.

In 1904, the American Academy of Arts and Letters was founded.

In 1940, about 200 people died in a dance hall fire in Natchez, Miss.

In 1954, Hank Aaron of the Milwaukee Braves hit the first of his record 755 major-league home runs, in a game against the St. Louis Cardinals. (The Braves won, 7-5.)

In 1969, Sirhan Sirhan was sentenced to death for assassinating New York Sen. Robert F. Kennedy. (The sentence was later reduced to life imprisonment.)

In 1985, the Coca-Cola Co. announced it was changing the secret flavor formula for Coke (negative public reaction forced the company to resume selling the original version).

In 1993, labor leader Cesar Chavez died 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, died at a Nashville hospital at age 70.

Ten years ago: The nation observed a national day of mourning for the victims of the Oklahoma City blast. Sportscaster Howard Cosell died in New York at age 77. Former Sen. John C. Stennis, D-Miss., died in Jackson, Miss., at age 93.

Five years ago: Elian Gonzalez spent a secluded Easter with his father at Andrews Air Force Base outside Washington, a day after the 6-year-old boy was removed from his Miami relatives’ home in a pre-dawn raid by immigration agents. A group of 21 tourists and workers were kidnapped from a Malaysian diving resort by Abu Sayyaf rebels.

One year ago: President Bush eased Reagan-era sanctions against Libya in return for Moammar Gadhafi’s giving up weapons of mass destruction. South African President Thabo Mbeki was elected unopposed for a second term.

Today’s Birthdays: Actress Janet Blair is 84. Actress-turned-diplomat Shirley Temple Black is 77. Actor Alan Oppenheimer is 75. Actor David Birney is 66. Actor Lee Majors is 66. Irish nationalist Bernadette Devlin McAliskey is 58. Actress Blair Brown is 57. Writer-director Paul Brickman is 56. Actress Joyce DeWitt is 56. Actor James Russo is 52. Filmmaker-author Michael Moore is 51. Actress Judy Davis is 50. Actress Jan Hooks is 48. Actress Valerie Bertinelli is 45. Actor Craig Sheffer is 45. Actor George Lopez (“George Lopez”) is 44. Rock musician Gen is 41. U.S. Olympic gold medal skier Donna Weinbrecht is 40. Actress Melina Kanakaredes is 38. Rock musician Stan Frazier (Sugar Ray) is 37. Country musician Tim Womack (Sons of the Desert) is 37. Actor Scott Bairstow is 35. Actress Rachel Skarsten is 20. Actor Camryn Walling is 15.

Thought for Today: “Be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.” — From Act Two of “Twelfth-Night,” by William Shakespeare (1564-1616).

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