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Sunday, April 23

2009The gamma ray burst GRB 090423 is observed for 10 seconds. The event signals the most distant object of any kind and also the oldest known object in the universe.
2003Beijing closes all schools for two weeks because of the SARS virus.
1997Omaria massacre in Algeria: 42 villagers are killed.
1993Eritreans vote overwhelmingly for independence from Ethiopia in a United Nations-monitored referendum.
1990Namibia becomes the 160th member of the United Nations and the 50th member of the Commonwealth of Nations.
198728 construction workers die when the L'Ambiance Plaza apartment building collapses while under construction in Bridgeport, Connecticut.
1985Coca-Cola changes its formula and releases New Coke. The response is overwhelmingly negative, and the original formula is back on the market in less than 3 months.
1968Vietnam War: Student protesters at Columbia University in New York City take over administration buildings and shut down the university.
1967Soviet space program: Soyuz 1 (Russian: Союз 1, Union 1) was a manned spaceflight, Launched into orbit carrying cosmonaut Colonel Vladimir Komarov.
1961Algiers putsch by French generals.
 
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Vincent van Gogh sold only one painting during his lifetime.

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The blue whale is the largest animal that has ever lived.

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Every ton of seawater contains approximately 1 milligram of dissolved gold.

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