On This Day

On This Day in History for March 23 (Part 2)

Events in History

  • 1976 International Bill of Rights goes into effect (35 nations ratifying)
  • 1978 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1980 France performs nuclear test

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1980 Deposed Shah of Iran Mohammad Reza Pahlavi arrives in Egypt

Last Shah of Iran Mohammad Reza Pahlavi
Last Shah of Iran
Mohammad Reza Pahlavi
  • 1980 AIAW Women's Basketball Tournament, Old Dominion beat Tennessee 68-53 at Mount Pleasant
  • 1981 US Supreme Court upholds law making statutory rape a crime only for men
  • 1981 US Supreme Court rules states could require, with some exceptions, parental notification when teen-age girls sought abortions

BattleCoup d'état

1982 Guatemala military coup under General Efraín Rios Montt, President Romeo Lucas flees

Dictator and President of Guatemala Efraín Ríos Montt
Dictator and President of Guatemala
Efraín Ríos Montt

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1983 US President Ronald Reagan introduces Strategic Defense Initiative ("Star Wars")

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • 1984 Andrea Schone skates ladies world record 3 km (4:20.91)
  • 1984 Ice Pairs Championship at Ottawa won by Underhill & Paul Martini (CAN)
  • 1985 Space Shuttle Discovery moves to Vandenberg AFB for mating of STS 51-D mission
  • 1985 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1987 Soap "Bold & Beautiful" premieres
  • 1987 US offers military protection to Kuwaiti ships in the Persian Gulf

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1987 Former West German Chancellor Willy Brandt resigns as chairman of the Social Democratic Party

Chancellor of West Germany Willy Brandt
Chancellor of West Germany
Willy Brandt

  • 1989 2 Utah scientists claim they have produced fusion at room temperature
  • 1989 Joel Steinberg sentenced to 25 yrs for killing his adopted daughter
  • 1990 Former Exxon Valdez Captain Joseph Hazelwood ordered to help clean up Prince William Sound & pay $50,000 in restitution for 1989 oil spill
  • 1991 20 Tornadoes kill 5 in Tennessee
  • 1993 Belgian government of Jean-Luc Dehaene resigns
  • 1994 Amy Fisher's lover Joey Buttafuoco is released from jail after 4 months & 9 days

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1994 Howard Stern formally announces his Libertarian run for NY governor

Radio shock jock Howard Stern
Radio shock jock
Howard Stern
  • 1994 Russian Airbus A-310 crashes in Siberia (74-75 killed)
  • 1994 Richard Jacobs buys naming rights to Indians new ball park at Gateway for $13.8 million (renamed Jacobs Field)
  • 1995 Dollar equals 88.41 yen (record)
  • 1996 Taiwan holds its first direct elections and chooses Lee Teng-hui as President.
  • 1999 Gunmen assassinate Paraguay's Vice President Luis María Argaña
  • 2001 The Russian Mir space station is disposed of, breaking up in the atmosphere before falling into the southern Pacific Ocean near Fiji
  • 2003 In Nasiriyah, Iraq, 11 soldiers of the 507th Maintenance Company as well as 18 U.S. Marines are killed during the first major conflict of Operation Iraqi Freedom
  • 2004 Andhra Pradesh Federation of Trade Unions holds its first conference in Hyderabad, India
  • 2005 The United States 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, in a 2-1 decision, refuses to order the reinsertion of Terri Schiavo's feeding tube
  • 2005 A major explosion at the Texas City Refinery kills 15 workers
  • 2006 The Federal Reserve discontinues publishing M3 money supply
  • 2007 Burnley Tunnel catastrophe occurs in Melbourne, Australia
  • 2007 Iranian Navy seize Royal Navy personnel in Iraqi waters

  • 2012 African Union suspends Mali's membership following a coup
  • 2013 20 people are killed and 200 are injured by a tornado in Brahmanbaria, Bangladesh
  • 2013 The US Senate approves its first budget in four years by a margin of 50–49

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2016 GPR investigation of Shakespeare's tomb at Holy Trinity Church in Stratford concludes the Bard's skull probably has been stolen

  • 2018 A Sahara sandstorm turns snow in Sochi, Russia, orange in one of the largest-ever transfers of desert sand
  • 2018 Peru's Congress swears in Vice-President Martín Vizcarra as the new President after Pedro Pablo Kuczynski resigned amid corruption scandal
  • 2019 More than 1 million march to demand a new EU referendum in London, England
  • 2019 More than 130 Fulani people killed in Ogossagou, Mali, in attack by Dogon hunters, prompting government ban on the hunters

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2019 Italy signs up to China's Belt and Road Initiative with deals signed in Rome between Italian Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio and Chinese President Xi Jinping

Paramount Leader of China Xi Jinping
Paramount Leader of China
Xi Jinping
  • 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"
  • 2020 New York confirmed as center of the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic in the US with 20,875 cases (5,707 in the last day) and 157 deaths

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2020 Immediate global ceasefire to fight coronavirus COVID-19 called for by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres

PM of Portugal and Secretary-General of the United Nations António Guterres
PM of Portugal and Secretary-General of the United Nations
António Guterres
  • 2020 WHO says the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic is increasing, 1st 100,000 cases took 67 days, 2nd 100,000 cases 11 days, 3rd 100,000 cases 4 days

Historic DiscoveryCOVID-19

2020 Coronavirus COVID-19 lockdowns imposed in South Africa and the United Kingdom while other European nations extend and strengthen their lockdowns

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Burial of a coronavirus victim in Iran during the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic
Burial of a coronavirus victim in Iran during the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic
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  • 2020 African American Daniel Prude dies after being physically retrained by police in Rochester, New York, including having a hood put over his head

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Deaths in History