23rd April

The events happened on 23rd April are :

1993 : Voting for Eritrea's independence : On this day in 1993, after a long history of foreign rule and decades of war, the small East African country of Eritrea began three days of voting on a referendum to make official its independence from Ethiopia.

1998 : James Earl Ray, convicted assassin of Martin Luther King, Jr., died in prison in Nashville, Tennessee.

1906 : Russian Tsar Nicholas II promulgated the Fundamental Laws, which marked the end of unlimited autocracy but fell short of the reforms promised in the October Manifesto.

1858 : German physicist Max Planck, who originated quantum theory, was born in Kiel.

1791 : James Buchanan, the 15th U.S. president, was born near Mercersburg, Pennsylvania.

1016 : Upon the death of King Ethelred II of England, his son claimed the throne as Edmund II.

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