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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)

  • 79
    Mount Vesuvius begins stirring, on the feast day of Vulcan, the Roman god of fire.
  • 1305
    Sir William Wallace is executed for High Treason at Smithfield in London.
  • 1572
    Mob violence against Huguenots in Paris – St. Bartholomew’s Day massacre.
  • 1595
    Michael the Brave confronts the Ottoman army in the Battle of Calugareni.
  • 1904
    The automobile tire chain is patented.
  • 1944
    World War II: Marseille liberated.
  • 1958
    Chinese Civil War: The Second Taiwan Strait crisis begins with the People’s Liberation Army’s bombardment of Quemoy.
  • 1994
    Eugene Bullard, The only black pilot in World War I, is posthumously commissioned as Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force.
  • 2006
    Natascha Kampusch, who had been abducted at the age of 10, managed to escape from her captor Wolfgang Priklopil, after 8 years of captivity.
  • 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?

  • 1875
    William Eccles, English radio pioneer (d. 1966)
  • 1910
    Lonny Frey, American baseball player (d. 2009)
  • 1911
    Birger Ruud, Norwegian ski-jumper (d. 1998)
  • 1926
    Gyula Hernádi, Hungarian writer and screenwriter (d. 2005)
  • 1971
    BoneCrusher, American rapper
  • 1974
    Ray Park, Scottish actor
  • 1979
    Edgar Sosa, Mexican boxer
  • 1981
    Ozzy Lusth, American “Survivor” contestant
  • 1986
    Neil Cicierega, American cartoonist and musician
  • 1989
    Heiko Schwarz, German footballer

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