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What are the important events that happened on March 23? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

March 23: Facts & Myths About This Day

March 23 is the 82nd day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 283 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Thursday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is March 10, 2017 – a Thursday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 413,952 hours has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘octacontadigon’ day.

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Aries is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Aquamarine is the modern birthstone for this month. Jade is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 333 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 1,553 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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March 23 Historical Events

  • 1889
    The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is established by Mirza Ghulam Ahmad in Qadian India.
  • 1940
    The Lahore Resolution (Qarardad-e-Pakistan or the then Qarardad-e-Lahore) is put forward at the Annual General Convention of the All India Muslim League.
  • 1962
    Ship NS, the first nuclear-powered cargo-passenger ship, is launched as a showcase for Dwight D. Eisenhower’s Atoms for Peace initiative.
  • 1994
    Aeroflot Flight 593 crashes in Siberia when the pilot’s fifteen-year old son accidentally disengages the autopilot, killing all 75 people on board.
  • 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. 654 Iraqi combatants are also killed.

Who were born on March 23?

  • 1874
    J. C. Leyendecker, German American Illustrator (d. 1951)
  • 1878
    Franz Schreker, Austrian composer (d. 1934)
  • 1880
    Heikki Ritavuori, Finnish politician (d. 1922)
  • 1955
    Petrea Burchard, American actress
  • 1979
    Mark Buehrle, American baseball player

Who died on March 23?

  • 1972
    Cristóbal Balenciaga, Spanish fashion designer (b. 1895)
  • 1985
    Peter Charanis, Greek-American scholar and professor (b. 1908)
  • 1995
    Davie Cooper, Scottish footballer (b. 1956)
  • 2006
    David B. Bleak, Medal of Honor recipient (b. 1932)
  • 2009
    Raúl Macías, Mexican boxer (b. 1934)

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