Wikipedia defines history as the discovery, collection, organization, and presentation of information about past events. It came from the Greek word ‘historia’ – which means ‘inquiry, knowledge acquired by investigation’.

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This website utilizes pages from Wikipedia to extract historical events from 3761 BC up to the present. There are 105,062 records in the database that include events, births and deaths of popular individuals. The present day Gregorian calendar was adopted to show dates of interest.

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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, 1,490,227,200 seconds 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

  • 1775
    American Revolutionary War: Patrick Henry delivers his speech – “Give me Liberty, or give me Death!” – at St. John’s Church in Richmond, Virginia.
  • 1821
    Greek War of Independence: Battle and fall of city of Kalamata.
  • 1848
    The ship John Wickliffe arrives at Port Chalmers carrying the first Scottish settlers for Dunedin, New Zealand. Otago province is founded.
  • 1919
    In Milan, Italy, Benito Mussolini founds his Fascist political movement.
  • 1994
    At an election rally in Tijuana, Mexican presidential candidate Luis Donaldo Colosio is assassinated by Mario Aburto Martínez.

Who were born on March 23?

  • 1937
    Craig Breedlove, American land speed record holder
  • 1963
    Míchel (José Miguel González Martín), Spanish footballer
  • 1965
    Richard Grieco, American actor and singer
  • 1971
    Yasmeen Ghauri, Canadian model
  • 1976
    Ricardo Zonta, Brazilian race car driver

Who died on March 23?

  • 1748
    Johann Gottfried Walther, German music theorist, organist, and composer (b. 1684)
  • 1783
    Charles Carroll, American lawyer and delegate to the Continental Congress (b. 1723)
  • 1964
    Peter Lorre, Hungarian-born actor (b. 1904)
  • 1965
    Mae Murray, American actress (b. 1889)
  • 2009
    Ghukas Chubaryan, Armenian sculptor (b. 1923)

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