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
Mount Vesuvius begins stirring, on the feast day of Vulcan, the Roman god of fire.
French explorer Jacques Cartier lands near Quebec City in his third voyage to Canada.
Beginning of Burmese–Siamese War (1765–1767)
At the Battle of Grossbeeren, the Prussians under Von Bülow repulse the French army.
Austro-Prussian War ends with the Treaty of Prague.
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).
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.
World War II: Marseille liberated.
Hans Tiedge, top counter-spy of West Germany, defects to East Germany.
Armenia declares its independence from the Soviet Union.
Who were born on August 23?
Eleftherios Venizelos, Prime Minister of Greece (d. 1936)
Jonathan Mayhew Wainwright IV, American general (d. 1953)
George Kell, American baseball player (d. 2009)
Marian Seldes, American actress
Rick Springfield, Australian singer and actor
Andreas Floer, German mathematician (d. 1991)
George Kalovelonis, Greek tennis player
Hans-Henning Fastrich, German field hockey player
Diamondog, Angolan rapper
YTCracker, American musician and computer hacker
Who died on August 23?
Philibert Berthelier, Swiss patriot (b. 1465)
George Villiers, 1st Duke of Buckingham, English statesman (b. 1592)
Charles Augustin de Coulomb, French physicist (b. 1736)
Deodoro da Fonseca, 1st President of Brazil (b. 1827)
Bartolomeo Vanzetti, Italian anarchist (b. 1888)
Oscar Hammerstein II, American lyricist (b. 1895)
Francis X. Bushman, American actor (b. 1883)
The original Shamu, SeaWorld orca
Stanford Moore, American biochemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1913)
Maynard Ferguson, Canadian jazz trumpeter and bandleader (b. 1928)
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