April 23 in Pop Culture History

April 23 in Pop Culture History

1516 – A Beer Purity Law was put into law still in effect today in Germany. It was decreed on April 23, 1516, by Munich’s Duke Wilhelm, protecting the country’s beer drinkers from contaminants, chemicals and any other additives that unsavory merchants might have thought of adding.

1564 – William Shakespeare was born. He went on to write 38 plays and invent dozens of English words.

1635 – The first public school in the Americas, the Boston Latin School, was founded in Boston.

1916 – The Chicago Cubs played their first game at Weeghman Park (now Wrigley Field).

1940 – Rhythm Club Fire (or The Natchez Dance Hall Holocaust) Natchez, Mississippi killed 198 people.

1940 – A leak-proof flashlight battery (the Ray-o-Vac) was patented (#2,198,423) by Herman Anthony.

1961 – Judy Garland performed at Carnegie Hall, the performance is often called “the greatest night in showbiz history.”

1977 – #1 Hit April 23, 1977 – April 29, 1977: Thelma HoustonDon’t Leave Me This Way

1982 – The Sword and the Sorcerer was released in theaters.

1983 – #1 Hit April 23, 1983 – April 29, 1983: Dexys Midnight RunnersCome On Eileen

1985 – Coca-Cola changed its formula and released ‘New Coke’.

1988 – #1 Hit April 23, 1988 – May 6, 1988: Whitney HoustonWhere Do Broken Hearts Go

1994 – Physicists at the Department of Energy’s Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory discovered the subatomic particle called the top quark.

2002 – Year of the Comet and Newsies debuted in theaters.

2004 – 13 Going on 30 was released in theaters.

2005 – First YouTube video was uploaded, titled “Me at the zoo“.

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