March 23: Day of the Week
March 23, 2019 was the 82nd day of the year 2019 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 283 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Saturday.
If you are trying to learn French then this day of the week in French is samedi.
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Here’s the March calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.
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)
- 1708James Francis Edward Stuart lands at the Firth of Forth.
- 1775American Revolutionary War: Patrick Henry delivers his speech – “Give me Liberty, or give me Death!” – at St. John’s Church in Richmond, Virginia.
- 1821Greek War of Independence: Battle and fall of city of Kalamata.
- 1935Signing of the Constitution of the Commonwealth of the Philippines.
- 1965NASA launches Gemini 3, the United States’ first two-man space flight (crew: Gus Grissom and John Young).
- 1983Strategic Defense Initiative: President Ronald Reagan makes his initial proposal to develop technology to intercept enemy missiles.
- 1999Gunmen assassinate Paraguay’s Vice President Luis María Argaña.
- 2001The Russian Mir space station is disposed of, breaking up in the atmosphere before falling into the southern Pacific Ocean near Fiji.
- 2003In 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.
- 2005Texas City Refinery explosion: During a test on a distillation tower liquid waste builds up and flows out of a blowout tower. Waste fumes ignite and explode killing 15 workers.
Who were born on March 23?
- 1869Calouste Gulbenkian, Armenian businessman and philanthropist (d. 1955)
- 1905Lale Andersen, German singer and cabaretist (d. 1972)
- 1935Barry Cryer, British writer and comedian
- 1952Kim Stanley Robinson, American author
- 1953Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, Indian entrepreneur
- 1956José Manuel Barroso, Portuguese politician
- 1958Bengt-Åke Gustafsson, Swedish ice hockey player and coach
- 1958Michael Sorich, American voice actor, writer and director
- 1978Nicholle Tom, American actress, twin sister of listed below
- 1979Donncha O'Callaghan, Irish rugby player
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