A closer look at key historic events that took place on April 23:

In 2005, the first YouTube video is posted

The video entitled “Me at the Zoo” shows YouTube co-founder Jawed Karim at the San Diego Zoo.

Eritrea’s Independence Referendum Begins 
After decades of war and foreign rule, a three day voting began in Eritrea on April 23, on an independence referendum from Ethiopia.

An Eritrean demonstrator waves her national flag and chants “We want peace” outside Downing Street in London as she and several hundred others hold a protest 19 May 2000. The group earlier faced-off with a another group from Ethiopia about the renewal of war on the border of their homelands. EPA PHOTO AFP/JONATHAN UTZ/utz/ao

In 1988, Kanellos Kanellopoulos flies across the Aegean Sea in a human-powered aircraft

The Greek Olympic cyclist used his legs to fly The Daedalus for 3 hours and 54 minutes, from the islands of Crete to Santorini, covering a distance of 115.11km and breaking the world records for distance and duration for human powered airplanes.

In 1985, the Coca-Cola Company introduces New Coke

The soft drink was made of a new formula and aimed at replacing the famous beverage. It was discontinued three months later due to public outrage and the “Coca-Cola Classic” was brought back.

In 1984, the virus causing AIDS is discovered

US Secretary of Health Margaret Heckler announced it to the public and the virus was later named HIV.

This scanning electron microscopic (SEM) image shows the presence of numerous human immunodeficiency virus-1 (HIV-1) virions (spherical in appearance) budding from a cultured human lymphocytes in this 1989 image obtained from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. on March 5, 2019. Courtesy C. Goldsmith, P. Feorino, E. L. Palmer, W. R. McManus/CDC/Handout via REUTERS

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