About March 23

March 23, 2021 is the 82nd day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 283 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Tuesday.

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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 315 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On March 23

  • 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.
  • 1848
    The ship John Wickliffe arrives at Port Chalmers carrying the first Scottish settlers for Dunedin, New Zealand. Otago province is founded.
  • 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.
  • 1889
    The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is established by Mirza Ghulam Ahmad in Qadian India.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1919
    In Milan, Italy, Benito Mussolini founds his Fascist political movement.
  • 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)
  • 1962
    Ship NS, the first nuclear-powered cargo-passenger ship, is launched as a showcase for Dwight D. Eisenhower’s Atoms for Peace initiative.
  • 1980
    Archbishop Óscar Romero of El Salvador gives his famous speech appealing to men of the El Salvadoran armed forces to stop killing the Salvadorans.
  • 1983
    Strategic Defense Initiative: President Ronald Reagan makes his initial proposal to develop technology to intercept enemy missiles.
  • 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.

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