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March 23 – Today In History


We take a look at some of the events that occurred on March 23rd.

Today In …

1743 - Handel’s “Messiah” was first performed in London.

1775 - Patrick Henry delivered his legendary “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death” speech in Richmond, Virginia.

1806 - After exploring the Louisiana Purchase, Lewis and Clark began their trip back home.

1903 - The Wright Brothers applied for a patent for the airplane.

1912 - The Health Kup was invented. The name would be changed a few years later to what we now call the Dixie Cup!

1919 - The Fascist Political party was founded by Benito Mussolini in Italy.

Sharing A Birthday Today…

Joan Crawford the Oscar winning star of “Mildred Pierce” who also appeared in “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane” was born in 1908.

Hope Davis who starred in “About Schmidt”, “The Matador” and “The Weather Man” was born in 1964.

Princess Eugenie of York, the daughter of England’s Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson was born in 1990.

Richard Grieco star of TV’s “21 Jump Street” was born in 1965.

Ron Jaworski sports commentator and former NFL quarterback was born in 1951.

Chaka Khan the voice behind such songs as “I Feel for You” and “Sweet Thing” was born in 1953.

Moses Malone the famed basketball player was born in 1955.

Ric Ocasek the front man for the rock band The Cars was born in 1949.

Amanda Plummer who starred in “Needful Things” and “Pulp Fiction” was born in 1957.

Keri Russell who starred on TV’s “Felicity” and in the films “We Were Soldiers” and “Mission: Impossible III” was born in 1976.

We Said Goodbye To…

Peter Lorre who starred in “Arsenic and Old Lace”, “Casablanca” and “The Maltese Falcon” passed away in 1964 at the age of 59.

Uncle Dave Macon legendary country music pioneer passed away in 1952 at the age of 81.

Mae Murray who appeared in a number of films including “The French Doll” passed away in 1965 at the age of 75.

Paul I the tsar of Russia was killed in 1801 at the age of 46.

Top Of The Charts On This Day In…

1974 - “Dark Lady” by Cher
1985 - On The Country Charts – “Seven Spanish Angels” by Ray Charles and Willie Nelson
1996 - “Because You Loved Me” by Celine Dion

In Print In…

1839 - The term “OK” was first used in print when it appeared in the “Boston Morning Post”.

1999 - Thomas Harris delivered the manuscript for “Hannibal” to publishers.

TV Moments In…

1950 - “Beat the Clock” premiered on CBS.

1973 - The game show “Concentration” ended its fifteen year run on NBC.

Famous Marriages

1985 - Billy Joel married Christie Brinkley.

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