March 23: Today in history (from Wikipedia)
1857 – "Elisha Otis's first elevator is installed at 488 Broadway New York City." And then Americans started to get fat.
1919 – "In Milan, Italy, Benito Mussolini founds his Fascist political movement." Fascist!
1956 – "Pakistan becomes the first Islamic republic in the world. (Republic Day in Pakistan)" You think the area is unstable enough as it is, but how crazier would it be if Pakistan remained a part of India?
1983 – "Strategic Defense Initiative: President Ronald Reagan makes his initial proposal to develop technology to intercept enemy missiles." I thought the idea was far-fetched, but didn't oppose it in principle. Better to invest in defensive technology, rather than offensive military weapons.
Notable Quotes (from BrainyQuote unless otherwise sourced)
"In life, particularly in public life, psychology is more powerful than logic." Ludwig Quidde (March 23, 1858– March 4, 1941), 1927 Nobel Peace Prize winner
"Once the rockets are up, who cares where they come down? That's not my department." - Werner von Braun (March 23, 1912 – June 16, 1977) NOTE: the source of this quote is of questionable authenticity:
"A study of economics usually reveals that the best time to buy anything is last year." - Marty Allen (born March 23, 1922)
"The reason sport is attractive to many of the general public is that it's filled with reversals. What you think may happen doesn't happen. A champion is beaten, an unknown becomes a champion." - Roger Bannister (born 23 March 1929)
"Fo,' fo,' fo,'" - Moses Malone (born March 23, 1955) SOURCE
"In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth." - Jayson Blair (born March 23, 1976)
Song of the Day
The Cars' Ric Ocasek turns 65 today!