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On this day in history - March 23

What Happened On This Day – March 23

  • 2001 The Russian space station Mir plunges into the sea

    The legendary station was disposed of in a controlled crash after 15 years in space.

  • 1980 Archbishop Óscar Romero calls on members of the El Salvador armed forces to stop killing their fellow Salvadorians

    A death squad assassinated the archbishop only one day after his famous sermon.

  • 1956 Pakistan becomes the world's first Islamic republic

    The Dominion of Pakistan also included the area of modern-day Bangladesh or East Pakistan, which seceded in 1971.

  • 1933 The Enabling Act of 1933 grants Adolf Hitler dictatorial powers in Germany

    With the Ermächtigungsgesetz, Hitler was awarded the legal right to issue laws even if in breach of the German constitution.

  • 1888 The Football League meets for the first time

    The league featuring teams from England and Wales was the world's oldest Association Football league. In 1992, its top 22 teams formed the Premier League.

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Births On This Day,
March 23

  • 1968 Damon Albarn

    English singer-songwriter, producer, actor

  • 1912 Wernher von Braun

    German physicist, engineer

  • 1910 Akira Kurosawa

    Japanese director, screenwriter, producer

  • 1882 Amalie Emmy Noether

    German mathematician

  • 1749 Pierre-Simon Laplace

    French mathematician, astronomer

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Deaths On This Day,
March 23

  • 2015 Lee Kuan Yew

    Chinese/Singaporean politician, 1st Prime Minister of Singapore

  • 2011 Elizabeth Taylor

    English/American actress

  • 1992 Friedrich Hayek

    Austrian/English economist, philosopher, Nobel Prize laureate

  • 1931 Bhagat Singh

    Indian activist

  • 1801 Paul I of Russia