What Happened on March 23

Significant Events

  • 1490 1st dated edition of Maimonides "Mishneh Torah", a code of Jewish religious law is published
  • 1743 George Frideric Handel's oratorio "Messiah" premieres in London
  • 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 Largest operation in WWII's Pacific War, 1,500 US Navy ships bomb the Japanese island of Okinawa
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Did You Know?

1st recorded use of "OK" [oll korrect] (Boston's Morning Post)

On March 23, 1839

Would You Believe?

Royal Air Force gunner Nicholas Alkemade falls 5,500 m out of a plane without a parachute over Nazi Germany and lives

On March 23, 1944

Famous Weddings

  • 1779 Botanist Joseph Banks (36) weds Dorothea Hugessen
  • 1923 Writer Ana├»s Nin (Delta of Venus) marries banker and artist Hugh Parker Guiler in Havana, Cuba
  • 1985 Musician Billy Joel weds supermodel Christie Brinkley
  • 2008 France's former first lady Cecilia Ciganer-Albeniz (50) weds Moroccan-born public relations executive Richard Attias (48) in Manhattan, New York

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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