March 23, 1775: <a href="/ce6/people/A0823385.html">Patrick Henry</a> declared "Give me liberty, or give me death."
March 23, 1806: <a href="/node/156476">Lewis and Clark</a> began their return journey east.
March 23, 1877: The first <a href="/node/156038">Easter egg roll</a> was held on the <a href="/ce6/us/A0852117.html">White House</a> lawn.
March 23, 1919: <a href="/ce6/people/A0834588.html">Benito Mussolini</a> founded his own party in Italy, the Fasci di Combattimento.
March 23, 1983: U.S. President <a href="/ce6/people/A0841271.html">Ronald Reagan</a> proposed a space-based missile defense system called the <a href="/ce6/history/A0846897.html">Strategic Defense Initiative</a> or &#x201C;Star Wars.&#x201D;
March 23, 1998: The motion picture epic “<a href="/node/3109">Titanic</a>” won 11 Oscars at the <a href="/node/1898">70th Academy Awards</a>, tying it with “<a href="/node/2403">Ben-Hur</a>” for the most ever.
March 23, 2001: Russia's <a href="/ce6/sci/A0846143.html"><i>Mir</i> space station</a> ended its 15-year orbit of the Earth, splashing down in the South Pacific.
March 23, 2003: A U.S. Army convoy was ambushed in <a href="/node/156354">Iraq</a> with 11 killed and seven captured, including Pfc. <a href="/node/148146">Jessica Lynch</a>.
March 23, 2010: President Barack Obama signed a health-care overhaul bill, called the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, into law.
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