23 AUGUST
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • King Louis XVI France, 1754
  • Arnold Toynbee, 1852
  • Edgar Lee Masters, 1869
  • Will Cuppy, 1884
  • Gene Kelly, 1912
  • Vera Miles, 1929
  • Mark Russell, 1932
  • Pete Wilson, 1933
  • Barbara Eden, 1934
  • Donald Duck by Walt Disney, 1936
  • Keith Moon, 1947
  • Shelley Long, 1949
  • Rick Springfield, 1949
  • River Phoenix, 1970
  • Kobe Bryant, 1978

Died On This Day:

  • Sir William Wallace hanged/beheaded, 1305
  • Duke of Buckingham, 1628
  • Rudolph Valentino, 1926
  • Sacco and Vanzetti executed, 1927
  • Sidney Howard, 1939
  • Oscar Hammerstein II, 1960
  • Francis X. Bushman , 1966
  • R.D. Laing, 1989
  • Alfred Eisenstaedt, 1995
  • Brock Peters, 2005

Today's Events:

  • 1346 - Victory of English under King Edward III over French (Philip VI) in Battle of Crécy (100 Yrs War).
  • 1617 - First one-way streets established in London - 17 specified including Thames St. and Pudding Lane.
  • 1833 - British Parliament outlaws slavery in colonies.
  • 1839 - Hong Kong taken by British in Anglo-Chinese opium war.
  • 1914 - Japan declares war on Germany. Also battle of Mons, Belgium.
  • 1939 - Russia and Nazi Germany sign non-aggression pact. Two years later it is kaput.
  • 1940 - First German air raids on central London; Blitz to begin on September 7.
  • 1942 - Last cavalry charge in history; 2,000 Russians flee from 600 mounted men of Italian Cavalry.
  • 1948 - World council of churches formed.
  • 1966 - First photograph of earth taken from space vehicle Orbiter I near moon.
  • 1975 - Greek colonels sentenced to death.
  • 1990 - First website goes live on the Internet: Tim Berners-Lee's site info.cern.ch.
  • 1999 - Berlin again becomes the capital of Germany.
  • 2011 - Four decade-old Gaddafi regime ends in Libya as rebels, with Nato's help, take control of Tripoli.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Philip Benizi

Holiday:

  • Day of Nemesis goddess of fate
  • Liberation Day in Romania
  • Zodiac: Leo ends, Virgo begins

Non-Specific Holiday:

  • NAGA PANCHAMI, Hindu Festival of the Serpent God
  • RAKHI, Hindu Festival to Pledge Protection
  • CHUNG-CH'IU, Mid-autumn festival, Harvest or Moon Festival (fifteenth day of the eighth moon)
  • TISH'AH B'AB (Jewish) Anniversary of fall of Jerusalem and destruction of first & 2nd temples Ab 9
  • JANAM (OR JANMA) ASHTAMI, Hindu Birthday Festival of Krishna
  • ANANT CHATURDASI, Hindu Eternal Anniversary of 14th day of Month Bhaedra
  • CH'UNG YANG, Festival of High Places in China (ninth day of the ninth moon)
  • Japanese visit graves of ancestors mid August
  • GANESHA CHATURTHI, Hindu Festival of the Elephant God end of August
  • FRIENDSHIP DAY - first Sunday in August in USA

 

 
   
 
 
 
 
 
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