Holidays Calendar for April 23, 2013

National Sovereignty and Children's Day is a public holiday in Turkey celebrated annually on April 23. It marks the anniversary of the first session of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey in 1920.

Passover, also known as Pesach, is one of the most significant Jewish holidays. It commemorates the liberation of the Jewish people from slavery in ancient Egypt and the story of the Exodus. This festival commences on the 15th day of Nisan in the Hebrew calendar and lasts for seven days in Israel and for eight days in the diaspora.


The Feast of Saint George, also known as Saint George’s Day, is celebrated by various Christian churches on April 23 (although for Eastern Orthodox Churches which use the Julian calendar, it falls on May 6 of the Gregorian calendar). In some countries and regions of which Saint George is the patron saint, it is a public holiday.

Chinese Navy Day is observed annually on April 23. It was created to honor the accomplishments of the People’s Liberation Army Navy, also known as the PLA Navy.

In the United Nations, each official language has its own commemorative day. English Language Day is celebrated on April 23, the date traditionally observed as William Shakespeare's birthday.

International Pixel-Stained Technopeasant Day is an annual commemoration held on April 23. On this day, professional writers are encouraged to post their works for free on the Internet.

On April 23, Canada celebrates Canada Book Day, an annual event aimed at promoting books and reading. It is celebrated on the dame date as UNESCO's World Book and Copyright Day.

Cherry cheesecake would be a nice end of any meal. Why don't you take a piece and enjoy it on National Cherry Cheesecake Day, that falls on April 23?

German Beer is known around the world for its rich taste. Every year Germans have an opportunity to celebrate the beer brewed in their country on German Beer Day, that is April 23. The holiday is celebrated since 1994.

World Book and Copyright Day is a United Nations observance annually held on April 23. It is organized by UNESCO in order to promote reading culture, book publishing, and copyright. The first celebration took place on April 23, 1995.

This Day in History

  • 2011 Died: John Sullivan, English television screenwriter who created several popular sitcoms, including Only Fools and Horses and Just Good Friends.
  • 2007 Died: David Halberstam, American journalist, historian, and non-fiction writer who was awarded the 1964 Pulitzer Prize for journalism.
  • 2007 Died: Boris Yeltsin, Russian politician and statesmen who served as the first President of the Russian Federation from 1991 to 1999.
  • 2005 Co-founder of YouTube Jawed Karim uploaded the first YouTube video, Me at the zoo. It shows him at the San Diego Zoo. It is still available on the site.
  • 1998 Died: James Earl Ray, American criminal convicted of the assassination of civil rights and anti-war activist Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • 1996 Died: P. L. Travers (born Helen Lyndon Goff), English novelist, journalist, and actress whose best known work is the Mary Poppins series.
  • 1990 Died: Paulette Goddard, American actress, a major star of the Paramount Studio in the 1940s. She was married to Charlie Chaplin and Erich Maria Remarque.
  • 1990 Born: Dev Patel, British actor best known for his role as Jamal Malik in the 2008 drama film Slumdog Millionaire which earned him several awards.
  • 1986 Died: Harold Arlen, American composer who created more than 500 songs. One of his best-known songs is the Academy Award-winning ballad Over the Rainbow.
  • 1985 The Coca-Cola company introduced New Coke to replace the original Coca-Cola. The public's response to the change was overwhelmingly negative.
  • 1984 Born: Alexandra Kosteniuk, Russian chess player, International Grandmaster (since 1984) and former Women's World Chess Champion.
  • 1979 Born: Jaime King, American actress and model whose modelling career began when she was 14. Her first major film role was in Pearl Harbor.
  • 1977 Born: Kal Penn American actor, producer, and civil servant best known for his roles as Kumar in Harold & Kumar and Dr. Kutner on the series House.
  • 1975 Died: William Hartnell, English actor who is primarily remembered for originating the role of the Doctor on the BBC sci-fi series Doctor Who.
  • 1954 Born: Michael Moore, American director, producer, writer, journalist, and political activist best known as the director and producer of Fahrenheit 9/11.
  • 1945 Hermann Göring, Adolf Hitler's designated successor, sent Hitler a telegram asking for permission to assume leadership of the Third Reich.
  • 1940 A fire occurred at a dance hall in Natchez, Mississippi, killing 209 people and severely injuring many others. Most victims were African Americans.
  • 1936 Born: Roy Orbison, American singer-songwriter and musician. His best known songs include Only the Lonely, Crying, and Oh, Pretty Woman.
  • 1935 The Polish Sejm adopted the so-called April Constitution of Poland that introduced a presidential system with certain elements of authoritarianism.
  • 1928 Born: Shirley Temple, film and television actress, singer, dancer, and diplomat. She is one of the best known former child actors, her film career began when she was three.
  • 1910 Theodore Roosevelt gave a speech titled Citizenship in a Republic at the Sorbonne. A notable passed from the speech is referred to as The Man in the Arena.
  • 1902 Born: Halldór Laxness (born Halldór Guðjónsson), Icelandic writer who was awarded the 1955 Nobel Prize in Literature for his vivid epic power.
  • 1891 Born: Sergei Prokofiev, Russian composer, pianist, and conductor who is considered to be one of the major composers of the 20th century.
  • 1858 Born: Max Planck, German theoretical physicist who was awarded the 1918 Nobel Prize in Physics for his quantum hypothesis. He originated quantum theory.
  • 1850 Died: William Wordsworth, English poet who launched the Romantic Age in English literature along with his friend Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
  • 1661 Coronation of Charles II of England took place at Westminster Abbey. He was monarch of the three kingdoms of England, Scotland, and Ireland.
  • 1655 The Siege of Santo Domingo began during the Anglo-Spanish War. The English forces led by William Penn and Robert Venables failed to capture Hispaniola.
  • 1635 The Boston Latin School was founded in Boston, Massachusetts. It is both the first public school and oldest existing school in the US.
  • 1616 Died: William Shakespeare, English poet, dramatist, and actor who is widely considered to be one of the greatest writers in the English language and the world's pre-eminent playwright.
  • 1348 King Edward III of England announced the founding of the Order of the Garter. It is the highest order of chivalry and the most prestigious honor in England.