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 - James Earl Ray
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Federal Bureau of Prisons

1998: James Earl Ray, the convicted assassin of Martin Luther King Jr., dies from complications related to kidney disease and liver failure caused by hepatitis C at the age of 70 in Nashville, Tennessee. Three days after pleading guilty in 1969, Ray recanted, hinting at a conspiracy. He spent the remainder of his life unsuccessfully attempting to withdraw his guilty plea and secure a trial.


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