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, 1,598,140,800 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.
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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
Mount Vesuvius begins stirring, on the feast day of Vulcan, the Roman god of fire.
Sir William Wallace is executed for High Treason at Smithfield in London.
Michael the Brave confronts the Ottoman army in the Battle of Calugareni.
Beginning of Burmese–Siamese War (1765–1767)
King George III declares that the American colonies exist in a state of open and avowed rebellion.
Ordinance No. 46 of the British Military Government constitutes the German Land (state) of Schleswig-Holstein.
World Council of Churches is formed.
First flight of the C-130 Hercules transport aircraft.
Organized by Mexican American union leader César Chávez, the Salad Bowl strike, the largest farm worker strike in U.S. history, begins.
Gulf Air Flight 072 crashes into the Persian Gulf near Manama, Bahrain, killing 143.
Who were born on August 23?
Jonathan Mayhew Wainwright IV, American general (d. 1953)
Ogden L. Mills, American Secretary of the Treasury (d. 1937)
Nazik Al-Malaika, Iraqi poet (d. 2007)
Ephraim Kishon, Israeli writer (d. 2005)
Houari Boumediène, President of Algeria (d. 1978)
Tasos Mitropoulos, Greek footballer and politician
Rodney Alan Greenblat, American graphic artist
BoneCrusher, American rapper
Ray Park, Scottish actor
Carmen Luvana, American pornographic actress
Who died on August 23?
Guillaume Budé, French scholar (b. 1467)
Alexander Wilson, Scottish-born ornithologist (b. 1766)
Alexander Calder, first mayor of Beaumont, Texas (b. 1806)
Albert Roussel, French composer (b. 1869)
Naum Gabo, Russian artist (b. 1890)
David Rose, American composer and orchestra leader (b. 1910)
Zoltán Fábri, Hungarian film director and screenwriter (b. 1917)
John Anthony Kaiser, Roman Catholic priest (b. 1932)
Maynard Ferguson, Canadian jazz trumpeter and bandleader (b. 1928)
John Russell, British-born American art critic and author (b. 1919)
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