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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 French then this day of the week in French is mercredi.

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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)

  • 1541
    French explorer Jacques Cartier lands near Quebec City in his third voyage to Canada.
  • 1813
    At the Battle of Grossbeeren, the Prussians under Von Bülow repulse the French army.
  • 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.
  • 1858
    The 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'.
  • 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).
  • 1914
    World War I: Japan declares war on Germany and bombs Qingdao, China.
  • 1948
    World Council of Churches is formed.
  • 1954
    First flight of the C-130 Hercules transport aircraft.
  • 1982
    Bachir Gemayel is elected Lebanese President amidst the raging civil war.
  • 1990
    West Germany and East Germany announce that they will unite on October 3.

Who were born on August 23?

  • 1623
    Stanisław Lubieniecki, Polish Socinian theologist (d. 1675)
  • 1741
    Jean-François de Galaup, comte de La Pérouse, French explorer (d. 1788)
  • 1785
    Oliver Hazard Perry, American naval officer (d. 1819)
  • 1956
    Skipp Sudduth, American actor
  • 1961
    Gary Mabbutt, English footballer
  • 1964
    Johan Bruyneel, Belgian cyclist
  • 1972
    Martin Grainger, English footballer
  • 1974
    Ray Park, Scottish actor
  • 1979
    Ritchie Neville, British musician
  • 1982
    Natalie Coughlin, American swimmer

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