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Friday August 23, 2019

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.

If you are trying to learn French then this day of the week in French is vendredi.

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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.

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August 23 Historical Event(s)

  • 1839
    The United Kingdom captures Hong Kong as a base as it prepares for war with Qing China. The ensuing 3-year conflict will later be known as the First Opium War.
  • 1866
    Austro-Prussian War ends with the Treaty of Prague.
  • 1923
    Capt. 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.
  • 1927
    Sacco and Vanzetti are executed.
  • 1944
    World War II King Michael of Romania dismisses the pro-Nazi government of General Antonescu, who is arrested. Romania switches sides from the Axis to the Allies (see King Michael’s Coup)
  • 1966
    Lunar Orbiter 1 takes the first photograph of Earth from orbit around the Moon.
  • 1985
    Hans Tiedge, top counter-spy of West Germany, defects to East Germany.
  • 1990
    Armenia declares its independence from the Soviet Union.
  • 1994
    Eugene Bullard, The only black pilot in World War I, is posthumously commissioned as Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force.
  • 2000
    Gulf Air Flight 072 crashes into the Persian Gulf near Manama, Bahrain, killing 143.

Who were born on August 23?

  • 1757
    Marie Magdalene Charlotte Ackermann, German actress (d. 1775)
  • 1805
    Anton von Schmerling, Austrian statesman (d. 1893)
  • 1852
    Clímaco Calderón, President of Colombia. (d. 1913)
  • 1921
    Kenneth Arrow, American economist, Bank of Sweden Prize winner
  • 1922
    George Kell, American baseball player (d. 2009)
  • 1945
    Rayfield Wright, American football player
  • 1951
    Akhmad Kadyrov, President of Chechnya (d. 2004)
  • 1953
    Ernst Savkovic, German footballer
  • 1956
    Andreas Floer, German mathematician (d. 1991)
  • 1958
    Julio Franco, Dominican baseball player

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