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Saturday, March 23, 2013

March 23 - The Day in History

March 23 : General Interest
1839: OK enters national vernacular

On this day in 1839, the initials "O.K." are first published in The Boston Morning Post. Meant as an abbreviation for "oll correct," a popular slang misspelling of "all correct" at the time, OK steadily made its way into the everyday speech of Americans... read more

American Revolution
1775 : Patrick Henry voices American opposition to British policy

1937 : Craig Breedlove, land-speed record holder, born

Civil War
1862 : Rebels suffer defeat at the First Battle of Kernstown

Cold War
1983 : Reagan calls for new antimissile technology

1979 : Two men sentenced in murder of former Chilean diplomat

1913 : Tornadoes devastate Nebraska

General Interest
1919 : Mussolini founds the Fascist party
1983 : Artificial-heart patient dies
1994 : Leading Mexican presidential candidate assassinated

1998 : James Cameron's Titanic wins 11 Academy Awards
2011 : Hollywood icon Elizabeth Taylor dies at 79

1999 : Thomas Harris delivers Hannibal manuscript

1969 : Jim Morrison prompts a "Rally for Decency"

Old West
1806 : Lewis and Clark depart Fort Clatsop

1962 : Jackie Kennedy receives horse from governor of Pakistan

1994 : Wayne Gretzky scores number 802

Vietnam War
1961 : U.S. plane shot down over Laos
1970 : Prince Sihanouk issues a call for arms

World War I
1918 : Paris hit by shells from new German gun

World War II
1944 : Germans slaughter Italian civilians

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