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.
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.
- 1650Colonel George Monck of the English Army forms Monck’s Regiment of Foot, which will later become the Coldstream Guards.
- 1864The Union Navy captures Fort Morgan, Alabama, thus breaking Confederate dominance of all ports on the Gulf of Mexico.
- 1866Austro-Prussian War ends with the Treaty of Prague.
- 1942World War II: Beginning of the Battle of Stalingrad.
- 1948World Council of Churches is formed.
- 1958Chinese Civil War: The Second Taiwan Strait crisis begins with the People’s Liberation Army’s bombardment of Quemoy.
- 19891,645 Australian domestic airline pilots resign after the airlines threaten to fire them and sue them over a dispute.
- 1990Saddam Hussein appears on Iraqi state television with a number of Western “guests” (actually hostages) to try to prevent the Gulf War.
- 2011A 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?
- 1900Louise Nevelson, American sculptor (d. 1988)
- 1925Robert Mulligan, American film director (d. 2008)
- 1952Georgios Paraschos, Greek footballer
- 1956Hans-Jürgen Salewski, German footballer
- 1963Richard Illingworth, England cricketer
- 1964Yoshikazu Taru, Japanese professional wrestler
- 1969Keith Tyson, English artist
- 1978Julian Casablancas, American singer (The Strokes)
- 1981Carmen Luvana, American pornographic actress
- 1984Glen Johnson, English footballer
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