23rd March

Born on this Day 23rd March
1429 Margaret of Anjou
1769 William Smith
1908 Joan Crawford
1920 Jimmy Edwards
1921 Donald Campbell
1925 David Watkin
1929 Sir Roger Bannister
1935 Barry Cryer
1944 Michael Nyman
1944 Tony McPhee
1953 Chaka Khan
1959 Epic Soundtracks
1962 Sir Steven Redgrave
1966 Marti Pellow
1968 Mike Atherton
1968 Damon Albarn
1971 Gail Porter
1972 Joe Calzaghe
1976 Dougie Lampkin
1980 Russell Howard
1983 Jerome Thomas
1990 Princess Eugenie of York
1997 Aidan Davis

Died on this Day
1842 Stendahl
1978 Bill Kenny
2002 Ben Hollioake


1959 Eddie Cochrane’s ‘C’mon Everybody’ entered the UK singles charts.

1991 Mariah Carey won 3 American Soul Train Awards.


1984 At Phillips’ Edinburgh sale room the silver Jockey Club Cup from 1893 was won by a horse secretly owned by actress Lillie Langtry was sold for £33,000.

People & Showbiz

1964 John Lennon’s irst book ‘In His Own Write’ was published.

1998 The movie ‘Titanic’ won 11 Oscars at the Academy Awards

General Events

1708 James Francis Edward Stuart lands at the Firth of Forth.

1839 In the ‘Morning Post’ in Boston, Massachussetts, the abbreviation ‘OK’ was put in print for the first time. It is an abbreviation of ‘Oll Korrect’.

1857 Installation began on the first passenger elevator to be installed in a department store-E V Haughwout & Co on New York’s Broadway- ordered for $300 from the Elisha Graves Otis company.

1889 The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is established by Mirza Ghulam Ahmad in Qadian India.

1919 Benito Mussolini founded the Fascist Party in Milan.

1933 Hitler became dictator of Germany

1989 A 1,000 ft diameter asteroid missed the earth by 500,000 miles

2007 Burnley Tunnel catastrophe occurs in Melbourne, Australia.

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