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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)

  • 1765
    Beginning of Burmese–Siamese War (1765–1767)
  • 1775
    King George III declares that the American colonies exist in a state of open and avowed rebellion.
  • 1914
    World War I: Japan declares war on Germany and bombs Qingdao, China.
  • 1921
    British airship R-38 experiences structural failure over Hull in England and crashes in the Humber estuary. Of her 49 British and American training crew, only 4 survive.
  • 1939
    World War II: Germany and the Soviet Union sign a non-aggression treaty, the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact. In a secret addition to the pact, the Baltic states, Finland, Romania, and Poland are divided between the two nations.
  • 1944
    World War II: Marseille liberated.
  • 1948
    World Council of Churches is formed.
  • 1966
    Lunar Orbiter 1 takes the first photograph of Earth from orbit around the Moon.
  • 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”.
  • 1989
    Singing Revolution: two million people from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania stand on the Vilnius-Tallinn road, holding hands (Baltic Way).

Who were born on August 23?

  • 1852
    Clímaco Calderón, President of Colombia. (d. 1913)
  • 1875
    William Eccles, English radio pioneer (d. 1966)
  • 1900
    Louise Nevelson, American sculptor (d. 1988)
  • 1917
    Tex Williams, American singer (d. 1985)
  • 1948
    Daniel Ruettiger, American motivational speaker
  • 1960
    Rodney Alan Greenblat, American graphic artist
  • 1974
    Shifty Shellshock, American musician (Crazy Town)
  • 1976
    Pat Garrity, American basketball player
  • 1977
    Douglas Sequeira, Costa Rican footballer
  • 1987
    Danny Page, Australian basketball coach

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