March 23 Dateline

Famous Birthdays

1887 - Juan Gris, Painter
1900 - Erich Fromm, Psychologist, Psychoanalyst, Sociologist, Humanistic Philosopher
1908 - Joan Crawford, Actress
1910 - Akira Kurosawa, Film director
1944 - Michael Nyman, English composer known for numerous soundtracks. 

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Soundtrack of the film The Piano composed by Michael Nyman. 

Historical Events

1729 -  Johann Sebastian Bach's  St Matthew Passion is first performed, in Leipzig.

1917 - Leonard and Virginia Woolf establish the Hogarth Press.

1935 - Samuel Barber's Music from a Scene from Shelley is first performed, by the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. 

1919 - Benito Mussolini and several other World War I veterans found the Fasci Italiani di Combattimento, or the Italian Combat Fascists, in Milan. They believe that post-war Italy can be restored by force.

1999 - NATO gives an ultimatum to Yugoslavia's President Slobodan Milosevic, warning that Serbian military positions will be adopted if he does not withdraw Serbian troops from Kosovo. 

2001 - The Russian Mir space station is brought down and breaks up over the ocean between Chile and New Zealand. It was launched in February 1986, and had traveled 20.9 billion miles or 33.6 billion km, in 86,331 orbits of the Earth.

1. Asiado, Tel. The World's Movers and Shapers. New Hampshire: Ore Mountain Publishing House (2005)
2. Chambers Biographical Dictionary, 19th Ed. London: Chambers Harrap, 2011
3. Dateline. Sydney: Millennium House, (2006)
4. Grun, Bernard. The Timetables of History, New 3rd Revised Ed. Simon & Schuster/Touchstone (1991)

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