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

  • 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.
  • 1708
    Meidingnu Pamheiba is crowned King of Manipur.
  • 1775
    King George III declares that the American colonies exist in a state of open and avowed rebellion.
  • 1866
    Austro-Prussian War ends with the Treaty of Prague.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1929
    Hebron Massacre during the 1929 Palestine riots: Arab attack on the Jewish community in Hebron in the British Mandate of Palestine, continuing until the next day, resulted in the death of 65-68 Jews and the remaining Jews being forced to leave the city.
  • 1942
    World War II: Beginning of the Battle of Stalingrad.
  • 1943
    World War II: Kharkov liberated as a result of the Battle of Kursk.
  • 1948
    World Council of Churches is formed.
  • 1966
    Lunar Orbiter 1 takes the first photograph of Earth from orbit around the Moon.
  • 1973
    A bank robbery gone wrong in Stockholm, Sweden, turns into a hostage crisis; over the next five days the hostages begin to sympathise with their captors, leading to the term “Stockholm syndrome”.
  • 1990
    Saddam Hussein appears on Iraqi state television with a number of Western “guests” (actually hostages) to try to prevent the Gulf War.
  • 1990
    West Germany and East Germany announce that they will unite on October 3.
  • 1994
    Eugene Bullard, The only black pilot in World War I, is posthumously commissioned as Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force.
  • 2010
    Manila hostage crisis, in which 8 hostages were killed
  • 2011
    Libyan leader Muammar al-Gaddafi is overthrown after the National Transitional Council forces take control of Bab al-Azizia compound during the 2011 Libyan Civil War.

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