About August 23

August 23, 2024 is the 236th day of the year 2024 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 130 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday.

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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 159 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On August 23

  • 1305
    Sir William Wallace is executed for High Treason at Smithfield in London.
  • 1328
    Battle of Cassel: French troops stop an uprising of Flemish farmers.
  • 1595
    Michael the Brave confronts the Ottoman army in the Battle of Calugareni.
  • 1650
    Colonel George Monck of the English Army forms Monck’s Regiment of Foot, which will later become the Coldstream Guards.
  • 1799
    Napoleon leaves Egypt for France en route to seize power.
  • 1858
    The 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'.
  • 1864
    The Union Navy captures Fort Morgan, Alabama, thus breaking Confederate dominance of all ports on the Gulf of Mexico.
  • 1873
    Albert Bridge in Chelsea, London opened.
  • 1914
    World War I: the Battle of Mons; the British Army begins withdrawal.
  • 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.
  • 1938
    English cricketer Len Hutton sets a world record for the highest individual Test innings of 364, during a Test match against Australia.
  • 1942
    World War II: Beginning of the Battle of Stalingrad.
  • 1943
    World War II: Kharkov liberated as a result of the Battle of Kursk.
  • 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.
  • 1990
    Armenia declares its independence from the Soviet Union.
  • 1990
    West Germany and East Germany announce that they will unite on October 3.
  • 2000
    Gulf Air Flight 072 crashes into the Persian Gulf near Manama, Bahrain, killing 143.

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