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 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 283 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Tuesday.
Under the Julian calendar, this day is March 10, 2021 – a Tuesday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?
When this day started, 26,940,960 minutes 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 315 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 3,014 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.
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March 23 Historical Events
The University of California is founded in Oakland, California when the Organic Act is signed into law.
Signing of the Constitution of the Commonwealth of the Philippines.
The Hungarian air force attacks the headquarters of Slovak air force in the city of Spišská Nová Ves, kills 13 people and began the Slovak–Hungarian War.
World War II: In the Indian Ocean, Japanese forces capture the Andaman Islands.
Pakistan becomes the first Islamic republic in the world. (Republic Day in Pakistan)
NASA launches Gemini 3, the United States’ first two-man space flight (crew: Gus Grissom and John Young).
Guatemala’s government, headed by Fernando Romeo Lucas García is overthrown in a military coup by right-wing General Efraín Ríos Montt.
A United States Air Force (USAF) F-16 aircraft collides with a USAF C-130 at Pope Air Force Base and then crashes, killing 24 United States Army soldiers on the ground. This later became known as the Green Ramp disaster.
At an election rally in Tijuana, Mexican presidential candidate Luis Donaldo Colosio is assassinated by Mario Aburto Martínez.
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?
Schuyler Colfax, American politician, 17th Vice President of the United States (d. 1885)
Heinrich Schroth, German actor (d. 1945)
Josef Čapek, Czech writer (d. 1945)
Cedric Gibbons, American art director (d. 1960)
Neal Smith, former United States Congressman
Robert Gallo, American physician
David Grisman, American bluegrass musician
Ric Ocasek, American musician (The Cars)
Sarah G. Buxton, American actress
Kyrie Irving, Australian-American basketball player
Who died on March 23?
Pope Julius III (b. 1487)
Johann Jakob Wettstein, Swiss theologian (b. 1693)
Charles Carroll, American lawyer and delegate to the Continental Congress (b. 1723)
Franklin Pierce Adams, American newspaper columnist (b. 1881)
Said Nursî, Islamic thinker from Turkey (b. 1878)
Haim Ernst Wertheimer, Israeli biochemist, recipient of the Israel Prize (b. 1893)
Peter Charanis, Greek-American scholar and professor (b. 1908)
Luis María Argaña, Paraguayan politician (b. 1932)
Rupert Hamer, Australian politician (b. 1916)
Ghukas Chubaryan, Armenian sculptor (b. 1923)
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