This was 82nd day of the year and 283 days remained in the year.

March 23 Birthdays

Akira Kurosawa
Pronunciation: [äkE´rä kOOrO´säwä]
1910–1998, Japanese film director, scriptwriter, and producer, born in Tokyo.

John Bartram
botanist (1699)

Pierre Simon Laplace
astronomer and mathematician (1749)

William Smith
geologist (1769)

Juan Gris
artist (1887)

Erich Fromm
psychoanalyst and author (1900)

Joan Crawford
actress (1908)

Wernher von Braun
scientist (1912)

Donald Malcolm Campbell
automobile and boat racer (1921)

Roger Bannister
physician, athlete (1929)

March 23 in History


Patrick Henry declared "Give me liberty, or give me death."


Lewis and Clark began their return journey east.


Benito Mussolini founded his own party in Italy, the Fasci di Combattimento.


U.S. President Ronald Reagan proposed a space-based missile defense system called the Strategic Defense Initiative or “Star Wars.”


The motion picture epic “Titanic” won 11 Oscars at the 70th Academy Awards, tying it with “Ben-Hur” for the most ever.


Russia's Mir space station ended its 15-year orbit of the Earth, splashing down in the South Pacific.


A U.S. Army convoy was ambushed in Iraq with 11 killed and seven captured, including Pfc. Jessica Lynch.


President Barack Obama signed a health-care overhaul bill, called the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, into law.

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