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This Day in History for March 23

1775 – Patrick Henry proclaims “Give me liberty or give me death” in speech in favor of Virginian troops joining US Revolutionary war.

1839 – 1st recorded use of “OK” (Boston Morning Post)

1857 – Elisha Otis installs 1st elevator at 488 Broadway in New York City.

1865 – General Sherman and Cox’ troops reach Goldsboro, North Carolina.

1903 – The Wright brothers 1st file a patent for a flying machine, which is granted 3 years later.

1922 – 1st airplane lands at the US Capitol in Washington, D.C.

1929 – 1st telephone installed at the President’s desk under the Hoover administration at the White House…

1936 – Physician Joseph G. Hamilton injects a leukemia patient with sodium radioisotope, first intravenous injection of a human with a radioisotope.

1945 – The Swallow Sidecar Company headed by William Lyons agrees to change its name to Jaguar.

1957 – 19th NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship: North Carolina beats Kansas, 54-53 (3 OT); Wilt Chamberlain of Kansas 4th player to be named tournament MVP despite not playing for the Championship team.

1962 – Wake Forest coach “Bones” McKinney becomes 2nd person to play and coach.

1962 – William DeWitt buys Cincinnati Reds for $4,625,000.

1976 – International Bill of Rights goes into effect (35 nations ratifying)

1980 – PGA Tournament Players Championship, Sawgrass CC: Lee Trevino wins by 1 stroke ahead of runner-up Ben Crenshaw.

1981 – US Supreme Court rules states could require, with some exceptions, parental notification when teen-age girls sought abortions.

1981 – PGA Tournament Players Championship, Sawgrass CC: Raymond Floyd beats Barry Jaeckel and Curtis Strange on the first hole of a sudden death playoff in a rain affected Monday finish.

1983 – US President Ronald Reagan introduces Strategic Defense Initiative (“Star Wars”)

1994 – Wayne Gretzky set NHL record with 802 goals scored.

2013 – The US Senate approves its first budget in four years by a margin of 50-49.

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