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Calendar for March 23rd, 2013

Every Year

  • National Puppy Day

  • World Meteorological Day

  • World Meteorological Day

  • 1690s

  • Born 1699: John Bartram (botanist)

  • 1740s

  • 1743: The first standing ovation was recorded at the first performance of Handel's Messiah. King George was so inspired (or restless) that he jumped to his feet; when the king did that, everyone else did

  • 1750s

  • 1752: Halifax Gazette became Canada's first newspaper

  • 1770s

  • 1775: In a speech to the Virginia Provincial Convention, Patrick Henry made a plea for independence from Britain, saying "I know not what course others might take, but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death."

  • 1840s

  • 1848: Society L'Institut Canadien du Quebec incorporated

  • 1850s

  • Born 1857: Fannie Farmer (cookery expert)

  • 1900s

  • Born 1900: Eric Fromm (psychoanalyst)

  • 1901: Opera diva Nellie Melba recounted how she prepared toast, the original melba toast

  • Born 1908: Joan Crawford (actress)

  • 1910s

  • 1911: SS Yongala sank in cyclone, near Townsville, Australia

  • Born 1912: Werner von Braun (rocket scientist)

  • 1920s

  • Born 1929: Roger Bannister (runner)

  • 1929: Herbert Hoover became the first president to have a telephone installed on his desk

  • 1940s

  • 1942: WWII relocation of Japanese-Americans away from the West Coast began

  • 1950s

  • 1950: The World Meteorological Organization established by the UN

  • Born 1951: Ron Jaworski (football player)

  • Born 1952: Teofilo Stevenson (boxer)

  • Born 1953: Chaka Khan (singer)

  • Born 1955: Moses Malone (basketball player)

  • 1957: U.S. Army sold its last homing pigeons

  • Born 1957: Amanda Plummer (actress)

  • 1960s

  • 1965: America's first two-person space flight began as Gemini 3 blasted off from Cape Kennedy with astronauts Virgil I. Grissom and John W. Young on board

  • 1970s

  • Born 1976: Keri Russell (actress)

  • Born 1978: Nicholle Tom (actress)

  • 1980s

  • 1983: President Reagan first proposed development of technology to intercept enemy missiles -- a proposal that came to be known as the strategic defense initiative, or Star Wars

  • Died 1983: Barney Clark (first person to receive a permanent artificial heart)

  • 1985: Billy Joel married model Christie Brinkley in NYC

  • 1988: Sandinistas and Contras signed a 60-day ceasefire accord

  • 1990s

  • 1991: A 1910 Honus Wagner baseball card was sold at a Sotheby's auction for $451,000 to hockey great Wayne Gretzky and Los Angeles Kings owner Bruce McNall

  • 1994: Wayne Gretzky scored his 802nd career goal in front of a sellout crowd at the Great Western Forum, to break the legendary Gordie Howe's NHL all-time goal record

  • 2000s

  • Died 2004: Arthur Lithgow (actor, producer, and director who was a pioneer in American regional theater)

  • 2010s

  • Died 2011: Elizabeth Taylor (actress)

  • 2016: Penumbral Eclipse of the Moon


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