No Google Doodle today

It’s the 23rd of April, the day after “Earth Day” and there is no Google Doodle today. As it’s William Shakespeare’s birthday, back in 1564, (and the day of his death, 52 years later!), that was my guess for today. It’s also St George’s day, the patron saint of England, but I thought they’d go with Willie’s birthday and the day of his death, with Georgie-boy being my back-up plan. As there was no Doodle today, it made me check out what else happened on the 23rd April, this day in history, so here’s what I found out:

23rd April Birthdays

William Shakespeare 1564

Serbei Prokofiev 1891 - Pianist, composer (Peter and the Wolf)

Shirley Temple1928 Child actress (”Little Miss Marker”, “Heidi”, “Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm”)

Roy Orbison 1936 - Singer (”Only the Lonely”)

Michael Moore 1954 - Director

History 23rd April

1348 - The first English order of knighthood was founded. It was the Order of the Garter.

1872 - Charlotte E. Ray became the first black woman lawyer.

1896 - The Vitascope system for projecting movies onto a screen was demonstrated in New York City.

1900 - The word “hillbilly” was first used in print in an article in the “New York Journal.” It was spelled “Hill-Billie”.

1908 - U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt signed an act creating the U.S. Army Reserve.

1951 - The Associated Press began use of the new service of teletype setting.

1967 - The Soyuz 1 was launched by Russia.

1968 - The Methodist Church and the Evangelical United Brethren Church merged to form the United Methodist Church.

1969 - Sirhan Sirhan was sentenced to death for killing U.S. Senator Robert Kennedy. The sentence was later reduced to life in prison.

1981 - The Soviet Union conducted an underground nuclear test at their Semipaltinsk (Kazakhstan) test site.

1998 - James Earl Ray died, at age 70, while serving a life sentence for the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. Ray had confessed to the crime and then later insisted he had been framed.

2005 - The first video was uploaded to

I would of thought that if Willie’s birthday wasn’t big enough for Google to knock out a doodle today, the first ever video being added to YouTube may have made it, but hey, what do I know? My guess for tomorrow’s Google Doodle may be to do with the Easter Rebellion in Ireland, or more likely the Hubble Telescope. Yep, my guess is the Hubble telescope if there’s a Google Doodle tomorrow :)

If you know of any other births, deaths of happenings in this day in history, take two seconds to leave a comment, I’d love to hear from you.

One Response to “No Google Doodle today”

Pat Walton Says:

I think with Shakespeare being so important he should be included in the GD on 23 April each year if only as a quote. Example Roosevelt Army Reserve - once more unto the breach.

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