On this day: April 23

Published On: Apr 22 2013 12:13:06 PM CDT   Updated On: Apr 23 2014 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 - PL Travers
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1996: P. L. Travers, the Australian-English author who created "Mary Poppins," dies at age 96 in London, England. Born Helen Lyndon Goff in Maryborough, Queensland, Australia, she also was an actress before beginning her writing career. She's best known for her series of children's novels about the mystical and magical English nanny Mary Poppins, which inspired the 1964 Disney movie starring Julie Andrews. She's seen here, circa 1924, appearing in the role of Titania in "A Midsummer Night's Dream."

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