What happened this day in history August 23

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 236th day of the year 2024 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 130 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is August 10, 2024 – a Friday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 1,724,371,200 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 ‘dihectatriacontahexagon’ day.

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 159 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 4,263 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.
  • 1813
    At the Battle of Grossbeeren, the Prussians under Von Bülow repulse the French army.
  • 1896
    Officially recognised date of the Cry of Pugad Lawin, the start of the Philippine Revolution is made in Pugad Lawin (Quezon City), in the province of Manila (actual date and location is disputed).
  • 1929
    Hebron Massacre during the 1929 Palestine riots: Arab attack on the Jewish community in Hebron in the British Mandate of Palestine, continuing until the next day, resulted in the death of 65-68 Jews and the remaining Jews being forced to leave the city.
  • 1944
    World War II: Marseille liberated.
  • 1946
    Ordinance No. 46 of the British Military Government constitutes the German Land (state) of Schleswig-Holstein.
  • 1966
    Lunar Orbiter 1 takes the first photograph of Earth from orbit around the Moon.
  • 1990
    Saddam Hussein appears on Iraqi state television with a number of Western “guests” (actually hostages) to try to prevent the Gulf War.
  • 1990
    West Germany and East Germany announce that they will unite on October 3.
  • 1994
    Eugene Bullard, The only black pilot in World War I, is posthumously commissioned as Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force.

Who were born on August 23?

  • 1623
    Stanisław Lubieniecki, Polish Socinian theologist (d. 1675)
  • 1847
    Sarah Frances Whiting, American physicist and astronomer (d. 1927)
  • 1908
    Hannah Frank, Scottish artist (d. 2008)
  • 1956
    Valgerd Svarstad Haugland, Norwegian politician
  • 1960
    Chris Potter, Canadian actor
  • 1960
    Gary Hoey, American Guitarist
  • 1961
    Dean DeLeo, American musician (Stone Temple Pilots)
  • 1963
    Richard Illingworth, England cricketer
  • 1978
    Julian Casablancas, American singer (The Strokes)
  • 1988
    Jeremy Lin, American basketball player

Who died on August 23?

  • 1519
    Philibert Berthelier, Swiss patriot (b. 1465)
  • 1591
    Luis Ponce de León, Spanish poet and mystic (b. 1527)
  • 1706
    Colonel Edward Nott, Esq., British Crown Governor of Virginia (b. 1654)
  • 1858
    Antal Reguly, Hungarian linguist and ethnographer (b. 1819)
  • 1962
    Walter Anderson, German folklorist (b. 1885)
  • 1977
    Naum Gabo, Russian artist (b. 1890)
  • 1995
    Dwayne Goettel, Canadian musician (Skinny Puppy)(b. 1964)
  • 1997
    John Kendrew, British molecular biologist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry (b. 1917)
  • 2002
    Hoyt Wilhelm, American baseball player (b. 1922)
  • 2005
    Brock Peters, American actor (b. 1927)

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