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Herbie Hewett (1864–1921) was an English amateur cricketer who played first-class cricket for Somerset, captaining them from 1889 to 1893, as well as for Oxford University and the Marylebone Cricket Club. A battling left-handed opening batsman, Hewett could post a large score in a short time against even the best bowlers. Capable of hitting the ball powerfully, he combined an excellent eye with an unorthodox style to be regarded at his peak as one of England's finest batsmen. Educated at Harrow School, Hewett won a blue at Oxford in 1886 and played for Somerset from 1884. In 1892, he made 1,407 runs at an average of more than 35, and was named as one of the "Five Batsmen of the Year" by Wisden in 1893. England did not play any Test matches at home in 1892, or else Hewett would probably have won a Test cap; instead his highest accolade was being selected to play for the Gentlemen against the Players at Lord's in 1894. Hewett practised as a barrister, having been called to the bar at the Inner Temple. (Full article...)
Did you know ...
- ... that in 2006, U.S. figure skater Johnny Weir (pictured) became the first male skater to win the U.S. Nationals three times in a row since Brian Boitano in the late 1980s?
- ... that niwar, a material used for weaving cots, was once produced in Indian jails?
- ... that parts of the Basilica of Our Lady of Hungary were thought to be Gothic until wall probes showed otherwise?
- ... that before getting their own office space, independent children's publisher Lollipop Power stored books "under beds, in attics, [and] under ping-pong tables"?
- ... that saxophonist Braxton Cook appeared in three Tiny Desk concerts for NPR as a sideman, before performing as a featured artist in 2020?
- ... that in 1981, New Zealand prime minister Robert Muldoon controversially published a list of "subversives", including many members of the Workers Communist League?
- ... that prior to serving in the Bolivian Chamber of Deputies, rancher Osney Martínez sought to be elected the mayor of San Borja, as his mother had been before him?
- ... that the owner of a Pennsylvania radio station compared his job to that of Lee Iacocca at Chrysler?
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- The World Baseball Classic concludes with Japan defeating the United States for the championship (MVP Shohei Ohtani pictured).
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- The International Criminal Court issues arrest warrants for Russian president Vladimir Putin and Russian official Maria Lvova-Belova for the abduction of children from Ukraine.
- At the Academy Awards, Everything Everywhere All at Once wins seven awards, including Best Picture.
On this day
March 23: First day of Ramadan (Islam, 2023)
- 1400 – After 175 years of rule, the Trần dynasty of Vietnam was deposed by Hồ Quý Ly, a court official.
- 1839 – An earthquake struck central Burma, causing significant damage and killing an estimated 300 to 400 people.
- 1862 – American Civil War: General Stonewall Jackson of the Confederate States Army lost the First Battle of Kernstown, but was still able to prevent the Union Army from reinforcing the Peninsula campaign.
- 1919 – Benito Mussolini and his supporters founded the Fasci Italiani di Combattimento, the predecessor of the National Fascist Party.
- 1993 – The demolition of Kowloon Walled City (pictured), a densely crowded slum in Hong Kong, began.
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- Calouste Gulbenkian (b. 1869)
- Mo Farah (b. 1983)
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The Tomb of Mian Ghulam Kalhoro is a religious shrine situated in Hyderabad, Pakistan, and the oldest building in the city. It is the burial place of Mian Ghulam Shah Kalhoro, who died in 1772 and is believed to be the founder of Hyderabad, and the second-most important figure in the province of Sindh after Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai. The domed shrine is built inside a rectangular fort, and its interior is decorated with gildings, arc-shaped windows, and tiles. This exterior view of the tomb was photographed in 2020.
Photograph credit: Alexander Savin
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