1564: April 23 is the generally accepted birth date of English poet and dramatist William Shakespeare. He died on the same date 52 years later.
1940: About 200 people died in a dance-hall fire in Natchez, Miss.
1954: Hank Aaron of the Milwaukee Braves hit the first of his record 755 major-league home runs against the St. Louis Cardinals. The Braves won, 7-5.