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Today in history: April 23

Celebrity birthdays, highlights in history, plus more facts about this day
/ Source: The Associated Press

Today is Sunday, April 23, the 113th day of 2006. There are 252 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:
April 23, 1564, is believed to be the birth date 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 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 1986, death claimed composer Harold Arlen at age 81 and movie director Otto Preminger at age 80.

In 1993, labor leader Cesar Chavez died in San Luis, Ariz., at age 66.

In 1995, sportscaster Howard Cosell died in New York at age 77.

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, Tenn., hospital at age 70.

Ten years ago: A Bronx civil-court jury ordered Bernhard Goetz to pay $43 million to Darrell Cabey, one of four young men he’d shot on a subway car in 1984. A three-night auction of the late Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’ possessions began at Sotheby’s in New York with a bidding frenzy.

Five years ago: USS Greeneville Cmdr. Scott Waddle was given a letter of reprimand as punishment for the submarine collision that killed nine people aboard a Japanese fishing vessel off Hawaii.

One year ago: Leaders of China and Japan met in Jakarta, Indonesia, to try to settle their nations’ worst dispute in three decades, but failed to reach an agreement in the bitter feud over Tokyo’s handling of its World War II atrocities. Silvio Berlusconi was sworn in as head of Italy’s 60th government since the end of World War II. Sir John Mills, the renowned British actor, died in Denham, England, at age 97.

Today’s Birthdays: Actress Janet Blair is 85. Actress-turned-diplomat Shirley Temple Black is 78. Actor Alan Oppenheimer is 76. Actor David Birney is 67. Actor Lee Majors is 67. Irish nationalist Bernadette Devlin McAliskey is 59. Actress Blair Brown is 58. Writer-director Paul Brickman is 57. Actress Joyce DeWitt is 57. Actor James Russo is 53. Filmmaker-author Michael Moore is 52. Actress Judy Davis is 51. Actress Jan Hooks is 49. Actress Valerie Bertinelli is 46. Actor Craig Sheffer is 46. Actor George Lopez is 45. Rock musician Gen is 42. U.S. Olympic gold medal skier Donna Weinbrecht is 41. Actress Melina Kanakaredes is 39. Rock musician Stan Frazier (Sugar Ray) is 38. Country musician Tim Womack (Sons of the Desert) is 38. Actor Scott Bairstow is 36. Actor Barry Watson is 32. Actress Jaime King is 27. Actress Rachel Skarsten is 21. Actor Camryn Walling is 16.

Thought for Today: “Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more.” — From “Henry V,” by William Shakespeare (1564-1616).