On this day: April 23

Published On: Apr 22 2013 12:13:06 PM CDT   Updated On: Apr 23 2016 01:00:00 AM CDT

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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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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