August 23: Day of the Week
August 23, 2016 was the 236th day of the year 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 130 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Tuesday.
If you are trying to learn Spanish then this day of the week in Spanish is martes.
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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)
- 1328Battle of Cassel: French troops stop an uprising of Flemish farmers.
- 1572Mob violence against Huguenots in Paris – St. Bartholomew’s Day massacre.
- 1708Meidingnu Pamheiba is crowned King of Manipur.
- 1858The 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'.
- 1914World War I: Japan declares war on Germany and bombs Qingdao, China.
- 1923Capt. Lowell Smith and Lt. John P. Richter performed the first mid-air refueling on De Havilland DH-4B, setting an endurance flight record of 37 hours.
- 1943World War II: Kharkov liberated as a result of the Battle of Kursk.
- 1985Hans Tiedge, top counter-spy of West Germany, defects to East Germany.
- 1990Saddam Hussein appears on Iraqi state television with a number of Western “guests” (actually hostages) to try to prevent the Gulf War.
- 1994Eugene Bullard, The only black pilot in World War I, is posthumously commissioned as Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force.
Who were born on August 23?
- 1849William Ernest Henley, British poet, critic, and editor (d. 1903)
- 1880Alexander Grin, Russian writer (d. 1932)
- 1934Barbara Eden, American actress and singer
- 1953Bobby G, British singer (Bucks Fizz)
- 1962Martin Cauchon, Canadian politician
- 1970Jay Mohr, American actor and comedian
- 1972Raul Casanova, Puerto Rican baseball player
- 1973Malaika Arora Khan, Indian actress and model
- 1974Ray Park, Scottish actor
- 1979Edgar Sosa, Mexican boxer
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