1791       

Mar 23, Etta Palm, a Dutch champion of woman’s rights, set up a group of women’s clubs called the Confederation of the Friends of Truth.

1901      

Mar 23, Dame Nellie Melba revealed the secret of her now famous toast.

2002 

Mar 23, Girls in Afghanistan celebrated their return to school for the first time in years.

2006 

Mar 23, Karen Eklund (31) of Antioch was shot 11-20 times and killed by police in SF following a 40-mile pursuit that ended in Mission Terrace. She had been sought on a federal warrant in an identity-theft case. In 2007 her daughter (14) filed suit against the CHP saying the killing was unjustified. On April 6, 2011, a federal appeals court overturned a jury’s verdict of wrongdoing and $60,000 in damages against CHP Officer Steven Margraf.

2007

Mar 23, Rachel Smith of Tennessee bested 50 other aspiring beauty queens to win the title of Miss USA.

2007

Mar 23, A Brazilian housewife was convicted and sentenced to 19 years in prison for killing her husband, chopping his body into small pieces and frying it. Rosanita Nery dos Santos (52) drugged her husband in his sleep, then stabbed him to death two years ago in Salvador, about 900 miles northeast of Sao Paulo.

2011 

Mar 23, Hollywood actress Elizabeth Taylor (79), famed her striking beauty and a film career that spanned five decades, died in Los Angeles.

2012       

Mar 23, In California Sandra Jessee (61) was sentenced to life in prison for the August 13, 1998, murder of her 3rd husband. She had him murdered to avoid paying for his cancer treatment and to collect insurance money.

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2012   

Mar 23, Turkish forces killed 15 femaleKurdish rebel fighters in Bitlis province.

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