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Thursday March 23, 2017

March 23: Day of the Week

March 23, 2017 was the 82nd day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 283 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Thursday.

If you are trying to learn Spanish then this day of the week in Spanish is jueves.

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Here’s the March calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.

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Zodiac & Birthstone

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.

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March 23 Historical Event(s)

  • 1775
    American Revolutionary War: Patrick Henry delivers his speech – “Give me Liberty, or give me Death!” – at St. John’s Church in Richmond, Virginia.
  • 1806
    After traveling through the Louisiana Purchase and reaching the Pacific Ocean, explorers Lewis and Clark and their “Corps of Discovery” begin their arduous journey home.
  • 1821
    Greek War of Independence: Battle and fall of city of Kalamata.
  • 1862
    The First Battle of Kernstown, Virginia, marks the start of Stonewall Jackson’s Valley Campaign. Though a Confederate defeat, the engagement distracts Federal efforts to capture Richmond.
  • 1868
    The University of California is founded in Oakland, California when the Organic Act is signed into law.
  • 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.
  • 1956
    Pakistan becomes the first Islamic republic in the world. (Republic Day in Pakistan)
  • 1982
    Guatemala’s government, headed by Fernando Romeo Lucas García is overthrown in a military coup by right-wing General Efraín Ríos Montt.
  • 1983
    Strategic Defense Initiative: President Ronald Reagan makes his initial proposal to develop technology to intercept enemy missiles.
  • 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?

  • 1754
    Baron Jurij Vega, Slovenian mathematician, physicist, and artillery officer (d. 1802)
  • 1893
    Cedric Gibbons, American art director (d. 1960)
  • 1895
    Dane Rudhyar, French-US author, composer, astrologer (d. 1985)
  • 1919
    Carl Graffunder, architect
  • 1920
    Neal Smith, former United States Congressman
  • 1931
    Yevgenij Grishin, Russian speed skater (d. 2005)
  • 1933
    Philip Zimbardo, American psychologist
  • 1941
    Jim Trelease, American educator and children’s literature author
  • 1964
    John Pinette, American comedian
  • 1990
    Jaime Alguersuari, Spanish racing driver

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