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 - Vitascope
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Library of Congress

1896: The first movie shown to a paying theater audience in the U.S. is presented using Thomas Edison's Vitascope. The movie featured a series of short scenes and was part of a program with other acts at Koster and Bial's Music Hall in New York City. Included in the film shorts were a ballet scene, a burlesque boxing match, waves on a seashore, and a comic allegory "The Monroe Doctrine," all of which were projected at about half life size.


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