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Today In History

Wed., April 23, 1997

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.

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