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 Spanish then this day of the week in Spanish is martes.
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Here’s the August calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.
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)
- 1514Battle of Chaldiran ended with a decisive victory for the Sultan Selim I, Ottoman Empire, over the Shah Ismail I, Safavids founder.
- 1572Mob violence against Huguenots in Paris – St. Bartholomew’s Day massacre.
- 1858The Round Oak rail accident occurs in Brierley Hill in the Black Country, England. It is 'Arguably the worst disaster ever to occur on British railways'.
- 1914World War I: the Battle of Mons; the British Army begins withdrawal.
- 1939World 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.
- 1944Freckleton Air Disaster – A United States Army Air Forces B-24 Liberator bomber crashes into a school in Freckleton, England killing 61 people.
- 1954First flight of the C-130 Hercules transport aircraft.
- 1990Armenia declares its independence from the Soviet Union.
- 1990Saddam Hussein appears on Iraqi state television with a number of Western “guests” (actually hostages) to try to prevent the Gulf War.
- 2000Gulf Air Flight 072 crashes into the Persian Gulf near Manama, Bahrain, killing 143.
Who were born on August 23?
- 1741Jean-François de Galaup, comte de La Pérouse, French explorer (d. 1788)
- 1922Nazik Al-Malaika, Iraqi poet (d. 2007)
- 1952Georgios Paraschos, Greek footballer
- 1953Bobby G, British singer (Bucks Fizz)
- 1953Ernst Savkovic, German footballer
- 1956Hans-Jürgen Salewski, German footballer
- 1957Tasos Mitropoulos, Greek footballer and politician
- 1960Rodney Alan Greenblat, American graphic artist
- 1980Rex Grossman, American football player
- 1988Jeremy Lin, American basketball player
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