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Tuesday August 23, 2016

August 23: Day of the Week

August 23, 2016 is the 236th day of the year 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 130 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week is Tuesday.

If you are trying to learn French then this day of the week in French is mardi.

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Here’s the August calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.

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Zodiac & Birthstone

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.

August 23 Historical Event(s)

  • 79
    Mount Vesuvius begins stirring, on the feast day of Vulcan, the Roman god of fire.
  • 1514
    Battle of Chaldiran ended with a decisive victory for the Sultan Selim I, Ottoman Empire, over the Shah Ismail I, Safavids founder.
  • 1650
    Colonel George Monck of the English Army forms Monck’s Regiment of Foot, which will later become the Coldstream Guards.
  • 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.
  • 1839
    The United Kingdom captures Hong Kong as a base as it prepares for war with Qing China. The ensuing 3-year conflict will later be known as the First Opium War.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Who were born on August 23?

  • 1836
    Marie Henriette of Austria, Queen of the Belgians (d. 1902)
  • 1849
    William Ernest Henley, British poet, critic, and editor (d. 1903)
  • 1852
    Arnold Toynbee, English economist and social reformer (d. 1883)
  • 1903
    William Primrose, Scottish violist (d. 1982)
  • 1923
    Edgar F. Codd, English computer scientist (d. 2003)
  • 1949
    Rick Springfield, Australian singer and actor
  • 1965
    Roger Avary, Canadian screenwriter, director, and producer
  • 1967
    Richard Petrie, New Zealand cricketer
  • 1975
    Sean Marks, New Zealander-born basketball player
  • 1979
    Ritchie Neville, British musician

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