March 23

March 23 Information from the Holidays and Observances Website

 Holidays and Observances

2016 Daily Holidays that fall on March 23, include:

  • National Chip and Dip Day
  • National Melba Toast Day 
  • National Organize Your Home Office -
  • National Puppy Day - March 23 (Normally observed on March 23)
  • Near Miss Day
  • OK Day 
  • Ta' Anit Ester - March 23, 2016
  • World Meteorological Day 

2016 Weekly Holidays that include March 23, are:

  • Act Happy Week - March 21-25, 2016 (Starts on Third Monday)
  • American Chocolate Week - March 20-26, 2016 (Third Full Week of March)
  • Health Information Professionals Week - March 20-26, 2016
  • International Phace Syndrome Awareness Week - March 20-27, 2016 (Last Week in March)
  • Lent - Begins on Ash Wednesday - February 10, 2016 - March 24, 2016
  • Make Mine Chocolate - (Campaign kicks off annually on Feb 15, and ends on Easter which is March 27, 2016)
  • National Animal Poison Prevention Week - March 20-26, 2016 (Third Full Week of March)
  • National Button Week - March 20-26, 2016 (Third Full Week in March)
  • National Inhalants and Poisons Awareness Week - March 20-26, 2016 (Third Week of March)
  • National Poison Prevention Week - March 20-26, 2016 (Third Full Week of March)
  • Orthodox Lent - March 14 - April 22, 2016
  • Passiontide - March 13 - 26, 2016 (The Last Two Weeks of Lent - Passion Week and Holy Week)
  • Purim - Eve of March 23 - Eve of March 24, 2016
  • Tsunami Awareness Week - March 22-28, 2016
  • Week of Solidarity with the Peoples Struggling Against Racism and Racial Discrimination - March 21-27
  • Wellderly Week - March 21-27, 2016 (Third Mon-Sun Week)
  • World Folktales & Fables Week - March 20-26, 2016

2016 Monthly Holidays that include March 23, are:

There are too many monthly holidays to include here, so please check out our March Holidays page to see all of the holidays that are celebrated the entire month of March.


  1. A page on each holiday will be coming soon and linked above.
  2. If a date is a movable holiday, that is different every year, I'll include the year as well as the date rule above. Otherwise, the holiday falls on the same date each year.

World Festivals and Events

  • Hong Kong Arts Festival - February 25, 2015 - March 29, 2015 features Art, Theatre, Dance, Opera, and Music events.

Astrological Sign

The Astrological Sign for March 23 is Aries.

Birth Flower of the Month

The Birth Flower(s) for the Month for March are:

  • The Jonquil, better known as Daffodil or Narcissus
  • The meaning of the Daffodil is friendship and domestic happiness


The Birthstone(s) for March is the aquamarine and the bloodstone.

Famous Birthdays

  • 1645 - William Kidd, Pirate Legend From Scotland (d. 1701)
  • 1904 – Joan Crawford, American actress (d. 1977)
  • 1924 – Bette Nesmith Graham, American inventor of liquid paper (d. 1980)
  • 1959 – Catherine Keener, American actress ( Being John Malkovich  Capote, Into the Wild)
  • 1965 – Richard Grieco, American actor and model (21 Jump Street, Booker)
  • 1976 – Michelle Monaghan, American actress (Made of Honor)
  • 1976 – Keri Russell, American actress (Felicity, The Americans)
  • 1990 – Princess Eugenie of York, younger daughter of Prince Andrew, Duke of York, and Sarah, Duchess of York

Famous Deaths

  • 2006 – David B. Bleak, American soldier and Medal of Honor recipient (b. 1932)
  • 2006 – Desmond Doss, American soldier Medal of Honor recipient (b. 1919)
  • 2011 – Elizabeth Taylor, English-American actress (b. 1932)

I loved Elizabeth Taylor in her movie National Velvet, from 1944 that was her first success. She was such an incredibly beautiful child/woman. Her movie credits are endless, including Father of the Bridge, Cat on a Hat Tin Roof with Paul Newman, BUtterfield 8, Cleopatra, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

She was known also for her eight marriages, her love of jewelry (her collection was valued at $150million at her death), her friendship with Michael Jackson. She was also known for her support of AIDS research, and she co-founded the American Foundation for AIDS Research in 1985, and the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation in 1993.

Famous Weddings and Divorces

  • 1985 - Musician Billy Joel weds supermodel Christie Brinkley

Quote of the Day

Awww....Today is NATIONAL PUPPY DAY! Who can't resist a Puppy? To view lots of Puppy Pictures, please check out our Pinterest Pet Board from the link below, and see what other Pet Holidays (Cats/Dogs), there are throughout the year! 

Recipe of the Day or a
Healthy Diet Habit Tip of the Day

The Holidays and Observances Healthy Diet Habit Tip of the Day for March 23, is learning about Healthy Snacks, from Kerry at Healthy Diet Habits.

The Holidays and Observances Healthy Diet Habit Tip of the Day for March 23, is learning about Healthy Snacks, from Kerry at Healthy Diet Habits.  March 23, is National Chip and Dip Day, but some choices are better than others. 

This Day in History

  • 1775 –  Patrick Henry delivers his speech – "Give me Liberty, or give me Death!" – at St. John's Church in Richmond, Virginia
  • 1839 - 1st recorded use of "OK" [oll korrect]  in the Boston's Morning Post (Today is OK Day!)
  • 1840 - Draper takes 1st successful photo of the Moon
  • 1868 – The University of California is founded in Oakland, California
  • 1901 - Dame Nellie Melba, reveals secret of her now famous toast (Today is National Melba Toast Day!)
  • 1909 – Theodore Roosevelt leaves New York for a post-presidency safari in Africa sponsored by National Geographic, and the Smithsonian Institute
  • 1919 - Benito Mussolini forms Fascist movement in Milan Italy
  • 1929 - 1st telephone installed in White House
  • 1934 - US Congress accepts Philippines independence in 1945
  • 1945 - Largest operation in Pacific war, 1,500 US Navy ships bomb Okinawa
  • 1950 - UN World Meteorological Org established (Today is World Meteorological Day)
  • 1956 – Pakistan becomes the first Islamic republic in the world
  • 1957 - US army sells last homing pigeons
  • 1987 - US offers military protection to Kuwaiti ships in the Persian Gulf

This Day in Music

  • 1973 - Yoko Ono (wife of John Lennon of The Beatles), is granted permanent residence in US
  • 1974 - Cher's Dark Lady hits #1
  • 1977 - Daryl Hall & John Oates' Rich Girl hits #1
  • 1981 - Blondie's Rapture hits #1
  • 1983 - Michael Jackson's Billie Jean hits #1
  • 1985 - Julian Lennon's 1st concert in San Antonio Texas (John Lennon's son)
  • 1985 - John Fogerty's Centerfield album hits #1 
  • 1991 - R.E.M.'s album Out of Time hits #1 in the UK
  • 1996 - Celine Dion's Because You Loved Me hits #1
  • 2004 - With Confessions, Usher becomes the first R&B artist to have an album sell 1.1 million copies in its first week
  • 2008 - Jack Johnson's fifth album, Sleep Through the Static, hits #1

Celine Dion's song Because You Loved Me hits #1 on this day in 1996.  It became the theme song of the 1996 film Up Close & Personal, starring Robert Redford and Michelle Pfeiffer.

This Day in Sports

  • 1888 – In England, The Football League, meets for the first time (the world's oldest professional Association Football league)
  • 1962 - William DeWitt buys Cincinnati Reds for $4,625,000
  • 1972 - Evel Knievel breaks 93 bones after successfully clearing 35 car
  • 1984 - Ice Dance Championship at Ottawa won by J Torvill & Chris Dean (GRB)
  • 1984 - Ladies Figure Skating Championship in Ottawa won by Katarina Witt (GDR)
  • 1984 - Men's Fig Skating Championship in Ottawa won by Scott Hamilton (USA)
  • 1992 - Florida Marlins begin selling tickets
  • 1994 - Wayne Gretzky sets NHL record with 802 goals scored

Word of the Day from Wiktionary

escapade (noun)

1. A daring or adventurous act; an undertaking which goes against convention.

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