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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)

  • 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.
  • 1864
    The Union Navy captures Fort Morgan, Alabama, thus breaking Confederate dominance of all ports on the Gulf of Mexico.
  • 1866
    Austro-Prussian War ends with the Treaty of Prague.
  • 1942
    World War II: Beginning of the Battle of Stalingrad.
  • 1948
    World Council of Churches is formed.
  • 1958
    Chinese Civil War: The Second Taiwan Strait crisis begins with the People’s Liberation Army’s bombardment of Quemoy.
  • 1989
    1,645 Australian domestic airline pilots resign after the airlines threaten to fire them and sue them over a dispute.
  • 1990
    Saddam Hussein appears on Iraqi state television with a number of Western “guests” (actually hostages) to try to prevent the Gulf War.
  • 2011
    A 5.8 earthquake occurred in Mineral, Virginia, the earthquake was felt as far north as Ontario and as far south as Atlanta, Georgia. Damaged occurred to monuments in Washington D.C. and the resulted damage was estimated at $100 Million.

Who were born on August 23?

  • 1900
    Louise Nevelson, American sculptor (d. 1988)
  • 1925
    Robert Mulligan, American film director (d. 2008)
  • 1952
    Georgios Paraschos, Greek footballer
  • 1956
    Hans-Jürgen Salewski, German footballer
  • 1963
    Richard Illingworth, England cricketer
  • 1964
    Yoshikazu Taru, Japanese professional wrestler
  • 1969
    Keith Tyson, English artist
  • 1978
    Julian Casablancas, American singer (The Strokes)
  • 1981
    Carmen Luvana, American pornographic actress
  • 1984
    Glen Johnson, English footballer

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