On this day: April 23

POSTED: 10:13 AM PDT Apr 22, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Apr 22, 2016 

Shakespeare dies, the first public school in the U.S. opens, Wrigley Field opens, The Rolling Stones release "Sticky Fingers," Coca-Cola releases New Coke, and the first YouTube video is uploaded, all on this day.

OTD April 23 - Soyut 1
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1967: The Soviet space program launches Soyuz 1, the first flight of the Soyuz spacecraft. The Soyuz 1 mission was to include a rendezvous with Soyuz 2, swapping crew members before returning to Earth, but problems with the Soyuz 2 spacecraft caused its mission to be aborted before it was launched. Cosmonaut Colonel Vladimir Komarov would be killed when the Soyuz 1 spacecraft crashed during its return to Earth, marking the first in-flight fatality in the history of spaceflight.


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