About March 23

March 23, 2024 is the 83rd day of the year 2024 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 283 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Saturday.

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Aries is the sun 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.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 312 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On March 23

  • 1400
    The Tran Dynasty of Vietnam is deposed after one hundred and seventy-five years of rule by Ho Quy Ly, a court official.
  • 1775
    American Revolutionary War: Patrick Henry delivers his speech – “Give me Liberty, or give me Death!” – at St. John’s Church in Richmond, Virginia.
  • 1801
    Tsar Paul I of Russia is struck with a sword, then strangled, and finally trampled to death in his bedroom at St. Michael’s Castle.
  • 1821
    Greek War of Independence: Battle and fall of city of Kalamata.
  • 1857
    Elisha Otis’s first elevator is installed at 488 Broadway New York City.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1909
    Theodore Roosevelt leaves New York for a post-presidency safari in Africa. The trip is sponsored by the Smithsonian Institution and National Geographic Society.
  • 1935
    Signing of the Constitution of the Commonwealth of the Philippines.
  • 1940
    The Lahore Resolution (Qarardad-e-Pakistan or the then Qarardad-e-Lahore) is put forward at the Annual General Convention of the All India Muslim League.
  • 1942
    World War II: In the Indian Ocean, Japanese forces capture the Andaman Islands.
  • 1956
    Pakistan becomes the first Islamic republic in the world. (Republic Day in Pakistan)
  • 1978
    The first UNIFIL troops arrived in Lebanon for peacekeeping mission along the Blue Line.
  • 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.
  • 1994
    A United States Air Force (USAF) F-16 aircraft collides with a USAF C-130 at Pope Air Force Base and then crashes, killing 24 United States Army soldiers on the ground. This later became known as the Green Ramp disaster.
  • 1994
    Aeroflot Flight 593 crashes in Siberia when the pilot’s fifteen-year old son accidentally disengages the autopilot, killing all 75 people on board.
  • 1999
    Gunmen assassinate Paraguay’s Vice President Luis María Argaña.
  • 2005
    Texas 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.

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