What happened this day in history March 23

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

  • 1879
    War of the Pacific: The Battle of Topáter, the first battle of the war is fought between Chile and the joint forces of Bolivia and Peru.
  • 1889
    The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is established by Mirza Ghulam Ahmad in Qadian India.
  • 1919
    In Milan, Italy, Benito Mussolini founds his Fascist political movement.
  • 1931
    Bhagat Singh, Shivaram Rajguru and Sukhdev Thapar are hanged for murder during the Indian struggle for independence.
  • 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.
  • 1983
    Strategic Defense Initiative: President Ronald Reagan makes his initial proposal to develop technology to intercept enemy missiles.
  • 1991
    The Revolutionary United Front, with support from the special forces of Charles Taylor’s National Patriotic Front of Liberia, invades Sierra Leone in an attempt to overthrow Joseph Saidu Momoh, sparking a gruesome 11-year Sierra Leone Civil War.
  • 1994
    At an election rally in Tijuana, Mexican presidential candidate Luis Donaldo Colosio is assassinated by Mario Aburto Martínez.
  • 1996
    Taiwan holds its first direct elections and chooses Lee Teng-hui as President.
  • 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?

  • 1904
    H. Beam Piper, American science fiction author (d. 1964)
  • 1933
    Philip Zimbardo, American psychologist
  • 1955
    Moses Malone, American basketball player
  • 1959
    Catherine Keener, American actress
  • 1978
    Perez Hilton, American blogger and television persona
  • 1979
    Natalia Hadjiloizou, Belarusian/Cypriot swimmer
  • 1980
    Russell Howard, English comedian
  • 1983
    Jerome Thomas, English footballer
  • 1992
    Kyrie Irving, Australian-American basketball player
  • 1992
    Vanessa Morgan, Canadian actress and singer

Who died on March 23?

  • 1680
    Nicolas Fouquet, French statesman (b. 1615)
  • 1960
    Franklin Pierce Adams, American newspaper columnist (b. 1881)
  • 1972
    Cristóbal Balenciaga, Spanish fashion designer (b. 1895)
  • 1990
    John Dexter, English stage and film director (b. 1925)
  • 1991
    Parkash Singh, Indian soldier, recipient of the Victoria Cross (b. 1913)
  • 1992
    Friedrich Hayek, Austrian economist, Nobel laureate (b. 1899)
  • 1994
    Donald Swann, British composer, musician and entertainer (b. 1923)
  • 2001
    Rowland Evans, American journalist (b. 1921)
  • 2006
    Cindy Walker, American singer, songwriter and dancer (b. 1918)
  • 2009
    Ghukas Chubaryan, Armenian sculptor (b. 1923)

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