- 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 German Reichstag hastily passes the Enabling Act and President Paul von Hindenburg signs it the same day, granting 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
- 2019 Syrian Democratic Forces announce that the last Islamic State territory has been retaken raising flags in Baghuz, Syria and ending the five-year Islamic State "caliphate"
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Mar 23 in Film & TV
- 1940 1st radio broadcast of "Truth or Consequences" on CBS
Mar 23 in Music
- 1743 George Frideric Handel's oratorio "Messiah" premieres at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London
Mar 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
- 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 American 'Piano Man' Billy Joel (34) weds American supermodel Christie Brinkley (31), on a yacht moored alongside the Statue Of Liberty; divorce in 1994
- 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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Tsar Goes a Step Too FarFor over 300 years Russia’s famous Romanov family possessed fabulous wealth and power, but it wasn’t enough to keep them out of reach of assassins.
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Battle of OkinawaBritish navy vessel HMS Formidable on fire during the Battle of Okinawa after being struck by a kamikaze
March 23, 1945
Weekly Quiz for March 23 - 29What infectious disease did Dr Jonas Salk announce a vaccine for in 1953? What was the original purpose of the Terracotta Army, discovered in China in 1974?