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.
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
1749 Pierre-Simon Laplace
French mathematician, astronomer
Deaths On This Day – March 23
2015 Lee Kuan Yew
Chinese/Singaporean politician, 1st Prime Minister of Singapore
2011 Elizabeth Taylor
1992 Friedrich Hayek
Austrian/English economist, philosopher, Nobel Prize laureate
1931 Bhagat Singh
1801 Paul I of Russia