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, 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

  • 79
    Mount Vesuvius begins stirring, on the feast day of Vulcan, the Roman god of fire.
  • 1305
    Sir William Wallace is executed for High Treason at Smithfield in London.
  • 1595
    Michael the Brave confronts the Ottoman army in the Battle of Calugareni.
  • 1765
    Beginning of Burmese–Siamese War (1765–1767)
  • 1775
    King George III declares that the American colonies exist in a state of open and avowed rebellion.
  • 1946
    Ordinance No. 46 of the British Military Government constitutes the German Land (state) of Schleswig-Holstein.
  • 1948
    World Council of Churches is formed.
  • 1954
    First flight of the C-130 Hercules transport aircraft.
  • 1970
    Organized by Mexican American union leader César Chávez, the Salad Bowl strike, the largest farm worker strike in U.S. history, begins.
  • 2000
    Gulf Air Flight 072 crashes into the Persian Gulf near Manama, Bahrain, killing 143.

Who were born on August 23?

  • 1883
    Jonathan Mayhew Wainwright IV, American general (d. 1953)
  • 1884
    Ogden L. Mills, American Secretary of the Treasury (d. 1937)
  • 1922
    Nazik Al-Malaika, Iraqi poet (d. 2007)
  • 1924
    Ephraim Kishon, Israeli writer (d. 2005)
  • 1932
    Houari Boumediène, President of Algeria (d. 1978)
  • 1957
    Tasos Mitropoulos, Greek footballer and politician
  • 1960
    Rodney Alan Greenblat, American graphic artist
  • 1971
    BoneCrusher, American rapper
  • 1974
    Ray Park, Scottish actor
  • 1981
    Carmen Luvana, American pornographic actress

Who died on August 23?

  • 1540
    Guillaume Budé, French scholar (b. 1467)
  • 1813
    Alexander Wilson, Scottish-born ornithologist (b. 1766)
  • 1853
    Alexander Calder, first mayor of Beaumont, Texas (b. 1806)
  • 1937
    Albert Roussel, French composer (b. 1869)
  • 1977
    Naum Gabo, Russian artist (b. 1890)
  • 1990
    David Rose, American composer and orchestra leader (b. 1910)
  • 1994
    Zoltán Fábri, Hungarian film director and screenwriter (b. 1917)
  • 2000
    John Anthony Kaiser, Roman Catholic priest (b. 1932)
  • 2006
    Maynard Ferguson, Canadian jazz trumpeter and bandleader (b. 1928)
  • 2008
    John Russell, British-born American art critic and author (b. 1919)

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