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Wednesday August 23, 2017

August 23: Day of the Week

August 23, 2017 is the 235th day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 130 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week is Wednesday.

If you are trying to learn Japanese then this day of the week in Japanese is Suiyōbi.

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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)

  • 1305
    Sir William Wallace is executed for High Treason at Smithfield in London.
  • 1813
    At the Battle of Grossbeeren, the Prussians under Von Bülow repulse the French army.
  • 1864
    The Union Navy captures Fort Morgan, Alabama, thus breaking Confederate dominance of all ports on the Gulf of Mexico.
  • 1896
    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).
  • 1904
    The automobile tire chain is patented.
  • 1942
    World War II: Beginning of the Battle of Stalingrad.
  • 1943
    World War II: Kharkov liberated as a result of the Battle of Kursk.
  • 1973
    A bank robbery gone wrong in Stockholm, Sweden, turns into a hostage crisis; over the next five days the hostages begin to sympathise with their captors, leading to the term “Stockholm syndrome”.
  • 1990
    Armenia declares its independence from the Soviet Union.
  • 1994
    Eugene Bullard, The only black pilot in World War I, is posthumously commissioned as Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force.

Who were born on August 23?

  • 1524
    François Hotman, French lawyer and writer (d. 1590)
  • 1805
    Anton von Schmerling, Austrian statesman (d. 1893)
  • 1852
    Arnold Toynbee, English economist and social reformer (d. 1883)
  • 1875
    William Eccles, English radio pioneer (d. 1966)
  • 1901
    John Sherman Cooper, American politician (d. 1991)
  • 1911
    Birger Ruud, Norwegian ski-jumper (d. 1998)
  • 1912
    Gene Kelly, American dancer and actor (d. 1996)
  • 1928
    Marian Seldes, American actress
  • 1930
    Michel Rocard, French politician
  • 1945
    Rayfield Wright, American football player

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