On this day

English comedian, actor, producer, and screenwriter, John Oliver celebrates his birthday. Image: Wikimedia Commons

On This Day: What happened on 23 April?

We look back on this day in history and remember the people and events that shaped the world we live in today.

On this day

English comedian, actor, producer, and screenwriter, John Oliver celebrates his birthday. Image: Wikimedia Commons

Here’s a look at what happened on this day, 23 April, throughout history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course of history forever.

ON THIS DAY: 23 APRIL

2019 | In a mudslide at a jade mine in northern Myanmar, 54 miners were missing and feared dead.

2018 | A vehicle-ramming attack killed 10 people and injured 16 in Toronto. A 25-year-old suspect, Alek Minassian was arrested.

2013 | At least 28 people were killed and more than 70 are injured as violence broke out in Hawija, Iraq.

1993 | On this day, Eritreans voted for independence from Ethiopia in a United Nations-monitored referendum.

1993 | Sri Lankan politician Lalith Athulathmudali was assassinated while addressing a gathering, approximately four weeks ahead of the Provincial Council elections for the Western Province.

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BIRTHDAYS

1977 | English comedian, actor, producer, and screenwriter, John Oliver.

1898 | American general, Lucius D. Clay, died in 1978.

1962 | English businessman and politician, Shaun Spiers.

1972 | English photographer, and journalist, Peter Dench.

1974 | American bass player, Carlos Dengler.

ON THIS DAY: DEATHS

2012 | Canadian geologist and paleontologist, Raymond Thorsteinsson, 91.

2015 | American football player, Jim Steffen, 79.

1992 | Nepalese politician, 27th Prime Minister of Nepal, Tanka Prasad Acharya, 80.

1995 | Estonian journalist, Riho Lahi, 91.

2014 | English composer, and educator, Patric Standford, 75.

SPORTS

1984 | On this day Cambridge United recorded a 31st League match on the trot without a win in a 0-0 draw at Grimsby.

ENTERTAINMENT

Mortal Kombat was released on this day in the United States on April 23, 2021, and it was released theatrically on April 8, 2021.

AFRICA FACT

Both the equator (0 degrees latitude) and the prime meridian (0 degrees longitude) pass through the African continent.