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What are the important events that happened on August 23? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

August 23: Facts & Myths About This Day

August 23 is the 235th day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 130 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Wednesday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is August 10, 2017 – a Wednesday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 1,503,446,400 seconds has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘dihectatriacontapentagon’ day.

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Virgo is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Peridot is the modern birthstone for this month. Diamond is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 180 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 1,706 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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August 23 Historical Events

  • 1650
    Colonel George Monck of the English Army forms Monck’s Regiment of Foot, which will later become the Coldstream Guards.
  • 1939
    World War II: Germany and the Soviet Union sign a non-aggression treaty, the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact. In a secret addition to the pact, the Baltic states, Finland, Romania, and Poland are divided between the two nations.
  • 1943
    World War II: Kharkov liberated as a result of the Battle of Kursk.
  • 2006
    Natascha Kampusch, who had been abducted at the age of 10, managed to escape from her captor Wolfgang Priklopil, after 8 years of captivity.
  • 2007
    The skeletal remains of Alexei Nikolaevich, Tsarevich of Russia, and his sister Anastasia are found near Yekaterinburg, Russia.

Who were born on August 23?

  • 1757
    Marie Magdalene Charlotte Ackermann, German actress (d. 1775)
  • 1927
    Martial Solal, French jazz pianist and composer
  • 1934
    Barbara Eden, American actress and singer
  • 1962
    Martin Cauchon, Canadian politician
  • 1983
    Tony Moll, American football player

Who died on August 23?

  • 1618
    Gerbrand Adriaensz Bredero, Dutch writer (b. 1585)
  • 1819
    Oliver Hazard Perry, American naval officer (b. 1785)
  • 1892
    Deodoro da Fonseca, 1st President of Brazil (b. 1827)
  • 1962
    Walter Anderson, German folklorist (b. 1885)
  • 1999
    James White, Northern Irish writer (b. 1928)

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