23 March: Today’s article is packed with some very interesting events, so are you excited to know what happened on this day in history.
Let’s unwrap to see what special day is today.
What Happened Today? On This Day in History: 23 March
- 1775 – Patrick Henry delivered the well-known speech featuring the phrase “give me liberty or give me death” at the second Virginia Convention, at St. John’s Church, Richmond.
- 1933 – Enabling Act: German Reichstag granted Adolf Hitler dictatorial powers.
- 1945 – Battle of Okinawa: US Navy ships bombed the Japanese island of Okinawa in preparation for the Allied invasion.
- 2019 – Syrian Democratic Forces announced that the last Islamic State territory has been retaken.
Space and Technology
- 1857 – American inventor Elisha Otis installed the first commercial elevator, in a department store in New York City.
- 2001 – The Soviet/Russian space station Mir ended 15 years in orbit when it re-entered Earth’s atmosphere, falling into the South Pacific Ocean.
Art and People
- 1490 – 1st dated edition of Maimonides “Mishneh Torah”, a code of Jewish religious law was published.
- 1743 – George Frideric Handel‘s oratorio “Messiah” premiered at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London.
- 1931 – Revolutionary Bhagat Singh and his associates Rajguru and Sukhdev were hanged on this day.
- 1980 – Australian cricketer Allan Border became the first and only batsman to reach 150 in each innings of a test, in the 3rd test vs Pakistan in Lahore.
- 1996 – Lee Teng-hui won Taiwan’s first direct presidential election; during his time in office, Lee worked to democratize Taiwan’s political system.
- 1998 – James Cameron’s epic drama Titanic (1997) won 11 Academy Awards, tying the record set by Ben-Hur (1959).
- 2021 – The Suez Canal, one of the world’s most heavily used shipping lanes, was blocked after the mega-freighter Ever Given ran aground; it took six days to move the vessel.
Birth Anniversaries (23 March)
- 1749 – Pierre-Simon, marquis de Laplace, French scientist and mathematician.
- 1882 – Emmy Noether, German mathematician who discovered Noether’s Theorem.
- 1900 – Erich Fromm, German social psychologist and philosopher.
- 1910 – Akira Kurosawa, first Japanese film director to win international acclaim.
- 1912 – Wernher von Braun, German-born American engineer.
Death Anniversaries (23 March)
- 2011 – Elizabeth Taylor, American motion picture actress.
- 1931 – Bhagat Singh, revolutionary hero of the Indian independence movement.
- 1972 – Cristóbal Balenciaga, Spanish dress designer who created elegant ball gowns and other classic designs.
- 1992 – F.A. Hayek, Austrian-born British economist.
- 2006 – Desmond Doss, US Army medic who became the first conscientious objector to receive the Medal of Honor.
What Special Day is Today: 23 March
- World Meteorological Day
- American Red Cross Giving Day – USA
- National Puppy Day – USA
Hope you found out what special day is today. May this day be as special and great for all of you.
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