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1153Treaty of Konstanz between Frederick I "Barbarossa" & Pope Eugene III

1743George Frideric Handel's oratorio "Messiah" premieres in London

1808Napoleon's brother Joseph takes the throne of Spain

1835Charles Darwin reaches Los Arenales, in the Andes

1865General Sherman/Cox' troops reach Goldsboro NC

1867Congress passes 2nd Reconstruction Act over President Andrew Johnson's veto

1919Benito Mussolini forms Fascist movement in Milan Italy

1933Enabling Act: German Reichstag grants Adolf Hitler dictatorial powers

1969Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Port Charlotte Golf Invitational

1972Evel Knievel breaks 93 bones after successfully clearing 35 cars

1973Yoko Ono is granted permanent residence in US

1979Larry Holmes TKOs Osvaldo Ocasio in 7 for heavyweight boxing title

1980Donna Caponi Young Pro-Am wins LPGA National Golf Tournament

1982Isle's Mike Bossy's 20th career hat trick-4 goals

1983US President Ronald Reagan introduces "Star Wars"-plan (SDI)

1994Howard Stern formally announces his Libertarian run for NY governor

1994Last day of Test cricket for Kapil Dev

1994Wayne Gretzky sets NHL record with 802 goals scored

1997Betsy King wins LPGA Standard Register PING

1997Phil Mickelson wins Bay Hill Golf Invitiational

199870th Academy Awards - "Titanic," Jack Nicholson & Helen Hunt win

2000Joe Sakic records his 400th career goal and becomes the Quebec Nordiques/Colorado Avalanche all-time leading point scorer

200375th Academy Awards - "Chicago," Adrien Brody & Nicole Kidman win

2007After some initial hesitation, Emma Watson signs on to appear as Hermione in the final three Harry Potter films

On This Day In History
Date Event
Mar 23, 1026
Koenraad II crowns himself king of Italy 
Mar 23, 1066
18th recorded perihelion passage of Halley's Comet 
Mar 23, 1153
Treaty of Konstanz between Frederick I "Barbarossa" & Pope Eugene III 
Mar 23, 1174
Jocelin, abbot of Melrose, is elected bishop of Glasgow. 
Mar 23, 1490
1st dated edition of Maimonides "Mishneh Torah" published 
Mar 23, 1534
Aragonese legal code formally recognised 
Mar 23, 1568
Treaty of Longjumeau: French huguenots go on strike 
Mar 23, 1579
Friesland joins Union of Utrecht 
Mar 23, 1593
English Congressionalist Henry Barrow accused of slander 
Mar 23, 1630
French troops occupy Pinerolo Piedmont 
Mar 23, 1657
France & England form alliance against Spain; England gets Dunkirk 
Mar 23, 1708
English pretender to the throne James III lands at Firth of Forth 
Mar 23, 1743
George Frideric Handel's oratorio "Messiah" premieres in London 
Mar 23, 1752
Pope Stephen II elected to succeed Zacharias, died 2 days later 
Mar 23, 1775
Patrick Henry proclaims "Give me liberty or give me death" in speech in favour of Virginian troops joining US Revolutionary war 
Mar 23, 1794
Josiah Pierson patents a "cold-header" (rivet) machine 
Mar 23, 1794
Lt-general Tadeusz Kosciuszko returns to Poland 
Mar 23, 1808
Napoleon's brother Joseph takes the throne of Spain 
Mar 23, 1821
Battle and fall of city of Kalamata, Greek War of Independence. 
Mar 23, 1832
British Parliament passes reform bill 
Mar 23, 1835
Charles Darwin reaches Los Arenales, in the Andes 
Mar 23, 1836
Coin Press invented by Franklin Beale 
Mar 23, 1839
1st recorded use of "OK" [oll korrect] (Boston's Morning Post) 
Mar 23, 1840
Draper takes 1st successful photo of the Moon (daguerrotype) 
Mar 23, 1848
The ship John Wickliffe arrives at Port Chalmers carrying the first Scottish settlers for Dunedin, New Zealand. Otago province is founded. 
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