March 23rd

2012
The U.S. Army formally charged Staff Sgt. Robert Bales with 17 counts of premeditated murder in the deaths of 17 villagers, more than half of them children, during a shooting rampage in southern Afghanistan.
2011
Actress Elizabeth Taylor died at age 79.
Elizabeth Taylor
2010
President Barack Obama signed a health-care overhaul bill, called the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, into law.
Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
2008
A roadside bomb killed four U.S. soldiers in Baghdad, pushing the overall American death toll in the five-year war to at least 4,000.
History of Iraq (2003–11)
2003
A U.S. Army maintenance convoy was ambushed in Iraq. 11 soldiers were killed and seven were captured, including Pfc. Jessica Lynch.
507th Maintenance Company
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.
Space accidents and incidents
1998
'Titanic' won 11 Academy Awards, including best picture, best director and best song, to tie the record set by 1959's 'Ben-Hur.' (The record was tied again by 'Lord of the Rings: Return of the King' in 2003.).
70th Academy Awards
1994
Wayne Gretzky of the Los Angeles Kings broke Gordie Howe's National Hockey League career record with his 802nd goal.
List of career achievements by Wayne Gretzky
1983
U.S. President Ronald Reagan proposed a space-based missile defense system called the Strategic Defense Initiative or “Star Wars.”.
Strategic Defense Initiative
1981
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that states could require, with some exceptions, parental notification when teenage girls seek abortions.
Pro se legal representation in the United States
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.
Sanctuary movement
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.
History of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan
1945
Largest operation in WWII's Pacific War, 1,500 US Navy ships bomb the Japanese island of Okinawa.
Battle of Okinawa
1942
The first Japanese-Americans evacuated by the U.S. Army during World War II arrived at the internment camp in Manzanar, Calif.
Internment of Japanese Americans
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.
Enabling Act of 1933
1919
8th Congress of the Russian Communist Party re-establishes a five-member Politburo which becomes the center of political power in the Soviet Union. Original members Vladimir Lenin, Leon Trotsky, Joseph Stalin, Lev Kamenev and Nikolai Krestinsky.
Politburo of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union
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.
English Football League
1877
The first Easter egg roll was held on the White House lawn.
Easter Egg Roll
1806
Lewis and Clark began their return journey east.
Lewis and Clark Expedition
1775
Patrick Henry called for America's independence from Britain, telling the Virginia Provincial Convention, "Give me liberty, or give me death!".
Virginia Conventions
1743
George Frideric Handel's oratorio "Messiah" had its premiere, in London.
Messiah (Handel)
1490
1st dated edition of Maimonides "Mishneh Torah", a code of Jewish religious law is published.
Mishneh Torah