On This Day: March 23rd

This is 83rd day of the year and 283 days remain in the year.

in history
Patrick Henry declared "Give me liberty, or give me death."
Lewis and Clark began their return journey east.
The first Easter egg roll was held on the White House lawn.
Benito Mussolini founded his own party in Italy, the Fasci di Combattimento.
U.S. President Ronald Reagan proposed a space-based missile defense system called the Strategic Defense Initiative or “Star Wars.”
The motion picture epic “Titanic” won 11 Oscars at the 70th Academy Awards, tying it with “Ben-Hur” for the most ever.
Russia's Mir space station ended its 15-year orbit of the Earth, splashing down in the South Pacific.
A U.S. Army convoy was ambushed in Iraq with 11 killed and seven captured, including Pfc. Jessica Lynch.
President Barack Obama signed a health-care overhaul bill, called the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, into law.
March 23 Birthdays
Akira KurosawaPronunciation: [äkE´rä kOOrO´säwä]
1910–1998, Japanese film director, scriptwriter, and producer, born in Tokyo.
Juan Grisartist
Wernher von Braunscientist
Roger Bannisterphysician, athlete
Joan Crawfordactress
Donald Malcolm Campbellautomobile and boat racer
John Bartrambotanist
Pierre Simon Laplaceastronomer and mathematician
William Smithgeologist
Erich Frommpsychoanalyst and author

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