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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 1893, he made 1,405 runs at an average of more than 35, and was named as one of the "Five Batsmen of the Year" by Wisden. 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...)
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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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