About August 23

August 23, 2021 is the 235th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 130 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Monday.

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Virgo is the sun 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.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 162 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On August 23

  • 79
    Mount Vesuvius begins stirring, on the feast day of Vulcan, the Roman god of fire.
  • 1514
    Battle of Chaldiran ended with a decisive victory for the Sultan Selim I, Ottoman Empire, over the Shah Ismail I, Safavids founder.
  • 1650
    Colonel George Monck of the English Army forms Monck’s Regiment of Foot, which will later become the Coldstream Guards.
  • 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.
  • 1799
    Napoleon leaves Egypt for France en route to seize power.
  • 1813
    At the Battle of Grossbeeren, the Prussians under Von Bülow repulse the French army.
  • 1896
    Officially recognised date of the Cry of Pugad Lawin, the start of the Philippine Revolution is made in Pugad Lawin (Quezon City), in the province of Manila (actual date and location is disputed).
  • 1914
    World War I: Japan declares war on Germany and bombs Qingdao, China.
  • 1914
    World War I: the Battle of Mons; the British Army begins withdrawal.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
    Freckleton Air Disaster – A United States Army Air Forces B-24 Liberator bomber crashes into a school in Freckleton, England killing 61 people.
  • 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)
  • 1954
    First flight of the C-130 Hercules transport aircraft.
  • 1958
    Chinese Civil War: The Second Taiwan Strait crisis begins with the People’s Liberation Army’s bombardment of Quemoy.
  • 1989
    1,645 Australian domestic airline pilots resign after the airlines threaten to fire them and sue them over a dispute.
  • 2000
    Gulf Air Flight 072 crashes into the Persian Gulf near Manama, Bahrain, killing 143.
  • 2007
    The skeletal remains of Alexei Nikolaevich, Tsarevich of Russia, and his sister Anastasia are found near Yekaterinburg, Russia.

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