This day in history

Tuesday, April 23, is the 113th day of 2013. There are 252 days left in the year.

Today’s birthdays: Actress-turned-diplomat Shirley Temple Black is 85. Actor David Birney is 74. Actor Lee Majors is 74. Actress Joyce DeWitt is 64. Actor James Russo is 60. Filmmaker-author Michael Moore is 59. Actress Valerie Bertinelli is 53. Actor-comedian-talk show host George Lopez is 52. Rock musician Gen is 49. US Olympic gold medal skier Donna Weinbrecht is 48. Actress Melina Kanakaredes is 46. Actor Kal Penn is 36. MLB All-Star Andruw Jones is 36. Actor Dev Patel is 23.

In 1910, former President Theodore Roosevelt delivered his famous ‘‘Man in the Arena’’ speech at the Sorbonne in Paris.


In 1943, US Navy Lieutenant John F. Kennedy assumed command of PT-109, a motor torpedo boat, in the Solomon Islands during World War II. (On Aug. 2, 1943, PT-109 was rammed and sunk by a Japanese destroyer, the Amagiri, killing two crew members; Kennedy and 10 others managed to survive.)

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In 1954, Hank Aaron of the Milwaukee Braves hit the first of his record 755 major-league home runs in a game against the St. Louis Cardinals.

In 1969, Sirhan Sirhan was sentenced to death for assassinating New York Senator Robert F. Kennedy. (The sentence was later reduced to life imprisonment.)

In 1998, James Earl Ray, who’d confessed to assassinating the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and then insisted he’d been framed, died at a Nashville, Tenn., hospital at age 70.

In 2007, Boris Yeltsin, the first freely elected Russian president, died in Moscow at age 76.