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March 23: This Day That Year

March 23

- 1839 - 1st observed use of word "OK" (oll korrect).

- 1857 - 1st elevator installed at 488 Broadway in NYC by Elisha Otis.

- 1868 - University of California founded in Oakland.

- 1881 - Fire incidents in Nice France opera house caused by gas lamp, killed 70.

- 1929 - USA: White House gets first 1st telephone installed.

- 1931 - Bhagat Singh (age 23), Rajguru (23) and Sukhdev (23) hanged to death during the Indian struggle for independence. Their request to be shot by a firing squad was declined.

- 1933 - Adolf Hitler gets dictatorial powers from German Reichstag.

- 1944 - Nicholas Alkemade falls & survives from 5,500 m without a parachute after abandoning his out-of-control, burning aircraft over Germany.

- 1956 - Pakistan proclaimed as an Islamic republic in Commonwealth.

- 1994 - Kapil Dev (Captain of 1983 World Cup winning team) retires from test cricket.

- 1999 - "Livin' la Vida Loca" by Ricky Martin released & sells 8+ million copies.

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