August 23: Day of the Week
August 23, 2019 is the 235th day of the year 2019 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 130 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week is Friday.
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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.
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August 23 Historical Event(s)
- 1784Western North Carolina (now eastern Tennessee) declares itself an independent state under the name of Franklin; it wasn’t accepted into the United States, and only lasted for four years.
- 1799Napoleon leaves Egypt for France en route to seize power.
- 1914World War I: the Battle of Mons; the British Army begins withdrawal.
- 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.
- 1944World War II: Marseille liberated.
- 1966Lunar Orbiter 1 takes the first photograph of Earth from orbit around the Moon.
- 1982Bachir Gemayel is elected Lebanese President amidst the raging civil war.
- 19891,645 Australian domestic airline pilots resign after the airlines threaten to fire them and sue them over a dispute.
- 1994Eugene Bullard, The only black pilot in World War I, is posthumously commissioned as Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force.
- 2010Manila hostage crisis, in which 8 hostages were killed
Who were born on August 23?
- 1486Sigismund von Herberstein, Austrian diplomat and historian (d. 1566)
- 1852Arnold Toynbee, English economist and social reformer (d. 1883)
- 1900Malvina Reynolds, American folk singer/songwriter (d. 1978)
- 1912Gene Kelly, American dancer and actor (d. 1996)
- 1944Antonia Novello, former United States Surgeon General
- 1948Daniel Ruettiger, American motivational speaker
- 1953Ernst Savkovic, German footballer
- 1961Dean DeLeo, American musician (Stone Temple Pilots)
- 1971Demetrio Albertini, Italian footballer
- 1974Mark Bellhorn, American baseball player
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