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23rd April

1564 * William Shakespeare, English playwright, poet and actor, born at Stratford-upon-Avon.

1661 Charles II was crowned King of England.

1928 * Shirley Temple Black, US child star who later became US Ambassador to Ghana.

1936 * Roy Orbison, US singer and songwriter who sung the hit song 'Pretty Woman'.

1942 * Lee Majors, US actor, best known for the TV series The Six Million Dollar Man.

1968 The first decimal coins appeared throughout Britain in preparation for replacing the outdated system of pounds, shillings and pence by 1971.

1969 In the US, Sirhan Sirhan was found guilty of the assassination of Robert Kennedy.

1979 A 33-year-old teacher died from head injuries after a bloody battle breaks out between police and demonstrators in Southall.

1984 The discovery of a virus which may cause Aids, the fatal disease sweeping through America, was hailed as a "monumental breakthrough" in medical research.

1998 James Earl Ray, the convicted killer of black American civil rights leader Martin Luther King died in prison.

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