About August 23

August 23, 2022 is the 235th day of the year 2022 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 130 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Tuesday.

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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 152 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.
  • 1514
    Battle of Chaldiran ended with a decisive victory for the Sultan Selim I, Ottoman Empire, over the Shah Ismail I, Safavids founder.
  • 1572
    Mob violence against Huguenots in Paris – St. Bartholomew’s Day massacre.
  • 1775
    King George III declares that the American colonies exist in a state of open and avowed rebellion.
  • 1784
    Western 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.
  • 1799
    Napoleon leaves Egypt for France en route to seize power.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1944
    World War II: Marseille liberated.
  • 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.
  • 1990
    Armenia declares its independence from the Soviet Union.
  • 1996
    Osama bin Laden issues message entitled 'A declaration of war against the Americans occupying the land of the two holy places.'
  • 2010
    Manila hostage crisis, in which 8 hostages were killed
  • 2011
    A 5.8 earthquake occurred in Mineral, Virginia, the earthquake was felt as far north as Ontario and as far south as Atlanta, Georgia. Damaged occurred to monuments in Washington D.C. and the resulted damage was estimated at $100 Million.
  • 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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