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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 French then this day of the week in French is jeudi.

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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.

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.
  • 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.
  • 1905
    Eleftherios Venizelos calls for Crete’s union with Greece, and begins what is to be known as the Theriso revolt.
  • 1908
    American diplomat Durham Stevens is attacked by Korean assassins Jeon Myeong-un and Jang In-hwan, leading to his death in a hospital two days later.
  • 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.
  • 1989
    Stanley Pons and Martin Fleischmann announce their discovery of cold fusion at the University of Utah.
  • 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.
  • 1996
    Taiwan holds its first direct elections and chooses Lee Teng-hui as President.

Who were born on March 23?

  • 1868
    Dietrich Eckart, early supporter of Adolf Hitler’s Nazi Party and member of Thule Society (d. 1923)
  • 1895
    Dane Rudhyar, French-US author, composer, astrologer (d. 1985)
  • 1925
    David Watkin, English cinematographer (d. 2008)
  • 1953
    Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, Indian entrepreneur
  • 1957
    Teresa Ganzel, American actress
  • 1958
    Michael Sorich, American voice actor, writer and director
  • 1962
    Steve Redgrave, British rower
  • 1971
    Karen McDougal, American model
  • 1977
    Miklos Perlus, Canadian voice actor
  • 1979
    Donncha O'Callaghan, Irish rugby player

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