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Friday 23 March 2018 Calendar with holidays, observances and special days

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Events

  • 2003 – Battle of Nasiriyah, first major conflict during the invasion of Iraq.
  • 1996 – Taiwan holds its first direct elections and chooses Lee Teng-hui as President.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1978 – The first UNIFIL troops arrived in Lebanon for peacekeeping mission along the Blue Line.
  • 1977 – The first of The Nixon Interviews (12 will be recorded over four weeks) are videotaped with British journalist David Frost interviewing former United States President Richard Nixon about the Watergate scandal and the Nixon tapes.
  • 1965 – NASA launches Gemini 3, the United States' first two-man space flight (crew: Gus Grissom and John Young).
  • 1956 – Pakistan becomes the first Islamic republic in the world. (Republic Day in Pakistan)
  • 1918 – First World War: On the third day of the German Spring Offensive, the 10th Battalion of the Royal West Kent Regiment is annihilated with many of the men becoming prisoners of war
  • 1901 – Emilio Aguinaldo, only President of the First Philippine Republic, was captured at Palanan, Isabela by the forces of General Frederick Funston.
  • 1888 – In England, The Football League, the world's oldest professional association football league, meets for the first time.
  • 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.
  • 1868 – The University of California is founded in Oakland, California when the Organic Act is signed into law.
  • 1862 – The First Battle of Kernstown, Virginia, marks the start of Stonewall Jackson's Valley Campaign. Although a Confederate defeat, the engagement distracts Federal efforts to capture Richmond.
  • 1857 – Elisha Otis's first elevator is installed at 488 Broadway New York City.
  • 1848 – The ship John Wickliffe arrives at Port Chalmers carrying the first Scottish settlers for Dunedin, New Zealand. Otago province is founded.
  • 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.
  • 1775 – American Revolutionary War: Patrick Henry delivers his speech – "Give me liberty, or give me death!" – at St. John's Episcopal Church, Richmond, Virginia.

Births

  • 1992 – Kyrie Irving, Australian-American basketball player
  • 1989 – Ayesha Curry, Canadian-American chef, author and television personality
  • 1988 – Dellin Betances, American baseball player
  • 1986 – Brett Eldredge, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1985 – Bethanie Mattek-Sands, American tennis player
  • 1985 – Maurice Jones-Drew, American football player
  • 1984 – Brandon Marshall, American football player
  • 1981 – Erin Crocker, American racing driver
  • 1979 – Mark Buehrle, American baseball player
  • 1976 – Jayson Blair, American journalist and author
  • 1976 – Jeremy Newberry, American football player
  • 1976 – Keri Russell, American actress
  • 1976 – Michelle Monaghan, American actress
  • 1974 – Randall Park, American actor, director and screenwriter
  • 1973 – Jason Kidd, American basketball player and coach
  • 1968 – Mitch Cullin, American author
  • 1966 – Lorenzo Daniel, American sprinter
  • 1965 – Gary Whitehead, American poet and painter
  • 1964 – Hope Davis, American actress
  • 1960 – Nicol Stephen, Baron Stephen, Scottish lawyer and politician, 2nd Deputy First Minister of Scotland
  • 1959 – Catherine Keener, American actress
  • 1957 – Amanda Plummer, American actress
  • 1955 – Moses Malone, American basketball player and sportscaster (d. 2015)
  • 1954 – Geno Auriemma, Italian-American basketball player and coach
  • 1954 – Kenneth Cole, American fashion designer, founded Kenneth Cole Productions
  • 1953 – Chaka Khan, American singer-songwriter
  • 1952 – Kim Stanley Robinson, American author
  • 1952 – Rex Tillerson, American businessman, engineer and diplomat; 69th United States Secretary of State
  • 1951 – Adrian Reynard, English businessman, founded Reynard Motorsport
  • 1951 – Ron Jaworski, American football player and sportscaster
  • 1949 – Ric Ocasek, American singer-songwriter, guitarist and producer
  • 1947 – Elizabeth Ann Scarborough, American author
  • 1945 – David Grisman, American mandolin player and composer
  • 1943 – Lee May, American baseball player and coach
  • 1943 – Sharon Presley, American author and academic
  • 1942 – Jimmy Miller, American record producer and musician (d. 1994)
  • 1937 – Craig Breedlove, American racing driver
  • 1937 – Robert Gallo, American physician and academic
  • 1937 – Tony Burton, American actor, comedian, boxer and American football player (d. 2016)
  • 1934 – Mark Rydell, American actor, director and producer
  • 1933 – Norman Bailey, Anglo-American opera singer and educator
  • 1933 – Philip Zimbardo, American psychologist and academic
  • 1924 – Bette Nesmith Graham, American inventor, invented Liquid Paper (d. 1980)
  • 1924 – Rodney Mims Cook, Sr., American lieutenant and politician (d. 2013)
  • 1923 – Angelo Ingrassia, American soldier and judge (d. 2013)
  • 1922 – Marty Allen, American comedian and actor
  • 1920 – Neal Edward Smith, American pilot, lawyer and politician
  • 1919 – Carl Graffunder, American architect and educator (d. 2013)
  • 1918 – Helene Hale, American politician (d. 2013)
  • 1918 – Stanley Armour Dunham, American sergeant (d. 1992)
  • 1914 – Milbourne Christopher, American magician and author (d. 1984)
  • 1912 – Eleanor Cameron, Canadian-American author and critic (d. 1996)
  • 1912 – Wernher von Braun, German-American physicist and engineer (d. 1977)
  • 1909 – Charles Werner, American cartoonist (d. 1997)
  • 1898 – Louis Adamic, Slovenian-American author, translator and politician (d. 1951)
  • 1895 – Dane Rudhyar, French-American astrologer, author and composer (d. 1985)
  • 1893 – Cedric Gibbons, Irish-born American art director and production designer (d. 1960)
  • 1887 – Sidney Hillman, Lithuanian-born American labor leader (d. 1946)
  • 1886 – Frank Irons, American long jumper (d. 1942)
  • 1885 – Platt Adams, American jumper and politician (d. 1961)
  • 1882 – Emmy Noether, Jewish German-American mathematician, physicist and academic (d. 1935)
  • 1881 – Lacey Hearn, American sprinter (d. 1969)
  • 1874 – J. C. Leyendecker, German-American painter and illustrator (d. 1951)
  • 1862 – Nathaniel Reed, American criminal (d. 1950)
  • 1842 – Susan Jane Cunningham, American mathematician (d. 1921)
  • 1823 – Schuyler Colfax, American journalist and politician, 17th Vice President of the United States (d. 1885)
  • 1699 – John Bartram, American botanist and explorer (d. 1777)

Deaths

  • 2016 – Joe Garagiola, Sr., American baseball player and sportscaster (b. 1926)
  • 2016 – Ken Howard, American actor (b. 1944)
  • 2015 – Bobby Lowther, American basketball player and lieutenant (b. 1923)
  • 2014 – Dave Brockie, Canadian-American singer-songwriter and bass player (b. 1963)
  • 2013 – Joe Weider, Canadian-American bodybuilder and publisher, co-founded the International Federation of BodyBuilding & Fitness (b. 1919)
  • 2013 – Virgil Trucks, American baseball player and coach (b. 1917)
  • 2012 – Jim Duffy, American animator, director, and producer (b. 1937)
  • 2012 – Lonnie Wright, American basketball and football player (b. 1945)
  • 2011 – Elizabeth Taylor, American-British actress, socialite and humanitarian (b. 1932)
  • 2011 – Jean Bartik, American computer scientist and engineer (b. 1924)
  • 2007 – Eric Medlen, American race car driver (b. 1973)
  • 2007 – Paul Cohen, American mathematician and theorist (b. 1934)
  • 2006 – Cindy Walker, American singer-songwriter and dancer (b. 1918)
  • 2006 – David B. Bleak, American sergeant, Medal of Honor recipient (b. 1932)
  • 2006 – Desmond Doss, American soldier, Medal of Honor recipient (b. 1919)
  • 2002 – Eileen Farrell, American soprano (b. 1920)
  • 2001 – Robert Laxalt, American author (b. 1923)
  • 2001 – Rowland Evans, American journalist (b. 1921)
  • 1985 – Peter Charanis, Greek-American scholar and educator (b. 1908)
  • 1980 – Arthur Melvin Okun, American economist and academic (b. 1928)
  • 1972 – Cristóbal Balenciaga, Spanish fashion designer, founded Balenciaga (b. 1895)
  • 1968 – Edwin O'Connor, American journalist and author (b. 1918)
  • 1965 – Mae Murray, American actress, dancer, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1889)
  • 1964 – Peter Lorre, American actor (b. 1904)
  • 1961 – Albert Bloch, American painter and educator (b. 1882)
  • 1960 – Franklin Pierce Adams, American journalist and author (b. 1881)
  • 1884 – Henry C. Lord, American businessman (b. 1824)
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