On This Day

What Happened on March 23

Important Events

  • 1490 1st dated edition of Maimonides "Mishneh Torah", a code of Jewish religious law is published
  • 1775 Patrick Henry proclaims "Give me liberty or give me death" in speech in favour of Virginian troops joining US Revolutionary war
  • 1919 8th Congress of the Russian Communist Party re-establishes a five-member Politburo which becomes the center of political power in the Soviet Union. Original members Vladimir Lenin, Leon Trotsky, Joseph Stalin, Lev Kamenev and Nikolai Krestinsky
  • 1933 Enabling Act: German Reichstag grants Adolf Hitler dictatorial powers
  • 1945 Battle of Okinawa: US Navy ships bomb the Japanese island of Okinawa in preparation for the Allied invasion; it would become the largest battle of the Pacific War in World War II
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March 23 in Film & TV

  • 1940 1st radio broadcast of "Truth or Consequences" on CBS

March 23 in Music

March 23 in Sport

  • 1980 Australian cricketer Allan Border becomes the first and only batsman to reach 150 in each innings of a test, in the 3rd test vs Pakistan in Lahore

Did You Know?

Elisha Otis installs his 1st elevator at 488 Broadway in New York City

On March 23, 1857


Would You Believe?

US army sells last homing pigeons

On March 23, 1957

Famous Weddings

  • 1779 Botanist Joseph Banks (36) weds Dorothea Hugessen
  • 1923 Writer Anaïs Nin (Delta of Venus) marries banker and artist Hugh Parker Guiler in Havana, Cuba
  • 1985 Musician Billy Joel weds supermodel Christie Brinkley

Famous Divorces

  • 1769 Augustus FitzRoy, English Duke of Grafton divorces the Duchess of Grafton, (formerly Hon. Anne Liddell) by an Act of Parliament
  • 2015 TV personality Kris Jenner and athlete Bruce Jenner divorce after 13 years of marriage
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