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 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 130 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Sunday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is August 10, 2020 – a Sunday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 443,928 hours 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.

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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 173 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 2,802 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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August 23 Historical Events

  • 79
    Mount Vesuvius begins stirring, on the feast day of Vulcan, the Roman god of fire.
  • 1541
    French explorer Jacques Cartier lands near Quebec City in his third voyage to Canada.
  • 1765
    Beginning of Burmese–Siamese War (1765–1767)
  • 1813
    At the Battle of Grossbeeren, the Prussians under Von Bülow repulse the French army.
  • 1866
    Austro-Prussian War ends with the Treaty of Prague.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 1944
    World War II: Marseille liberated.
  • 1985
    Hans Tiedge, top counter-spy of West Germany, defects to East Germany.
  • 1990
    Armenia declares its independence from the Soviet Union.

Who were born on August 23?

  • 1864
    Eleftherios Venizelos, Prime Minister of Greece (d. 1936)
  • 1883
    Jonathan Mayhew Wainwright IV, American general (d. 1953)
  • 1922
    George Kell, American baseball player (d. 2009)
  • 1928
    Marian Seldes, American actress
  • 1949
    Rick Springfield, Australian singer and actor
  • 1956
    Andreas Floer, German mathematician (d. 1991)
  • 1959
    George Kalovelonis, Greek tennis player
  • 1963
    Hans-Henning Fastrich, German field hockey player
  • 1980
    Diamondog, Angolan rapper
  • 1982
    YTCracker, American musician and computer hacker

Who died on August 23?

  • 1519
    Philibert Berthelier, Swiss patriot (b. 1465)
  • 1628
    George Villiers, 1st Duke of Buckingham, English statesman (b. 1592)
  • 1806
    Charles Augustin de Coulomb, French physicist (b. 1736)
  • 1892
    Deodoro da Fonseca, 1st President of Brazil (b. 1827)
  • 1927
    Bartolomeo Vanzetti, Italian anarchist (b. 1888)
  • 1960
    Oscar Hammerstein II, American lyricist (b. 1895)
  • 1966
    Francis X. Bushman, American actor (b. 1883)
  • 1971
    The original Shamu, SeaWorld orca
  • 1982
    Stanford Moore, American biochemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1913)
  • 2006
    Maynard Ferguson, Canadian jazz trumpeter and bandleader (b. 1928)

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