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Events Throughout History

Historical Events for August 23rd

  • Year 20 » 'Ludi Volcanalici' are held within the temple precinct of Vulcan (mythology) e.g Vulcan, and used by Augustus to mark the treaty with Parthia and the return of the Aquila (Roman) or legionary standards that had been lost at the Battle of Carrhae in 53 BC.
  • Year 30 » After the Egypt (Roman province) e.g successful invasion of Egypt, Octavian executes Marcus Antonius Antyllus, eldest son of Marc Antony, and Caesarion, the last Ptolemaic Kingdom or king of the Ptolemaic dynasty of Egypt and only child of Caesar and Cleo
  • Year 79 » Mount Vesuvius begins stirring, on the feast day of Vulcan (mythology) known as Vulcan, the Roman god of fire.
  • Year 406 » Goths Gothic king Radagaisus is executed after he is Siege of Florence (405) defeated by Roman general Stilicho and 12,000 "barbarians" are incorporated into the Late Roman army Roman army or sold as slavery slaves.
  • Year 476 » Odoacer, chieftain of the Germanic tribes (Herulic - Scirii called Scirian 'foederati'), is proclaimed 'rex Italiae' ("King of Italy") by his troops.
  • Year 634 » Abu Bakr dies at Medina and is succeeded by Umar e.g Umar I who becomes the second caliph of the Rashidun Caliphate.
  • Year 1268 » Battle of Tagliacozzo: The army of Charles of Anjou defeats the Ghibellines supporters of Conradin of Hohenstaufen marking the fall of the Hohenstaufen family from the Holy Roman Empire named Imperial and Kingdom of Sicily e.g Sicilian thrones, and leadin
  • Year 1305 » William Wallace or Sir William Wallace is executed for high treason at Smithfield, London or Smithfield in London.
  • Year 1328 » Battle of Cassel (1328) Battle of Cassel: Kingdom of France French troops stop an uprising of Flemish people Flemish farmers.
  • Year 1382 » Siege of Moscow (1382) or Siege of Moscow: The Golden Horde led by khan Tokhtamysh lays siege to the capital of the Grand Duchy of Moscow.
  • Year 1514 » The Battle of Chaldiran ends with a decisive victory for the Selim I named Sultan Selim I, Ottoman Empire, over the Shah Ismail I, founder of the Safavid dynasty.
  • Year 1521 » Christian II of Denmark is deposed as king of Sweden and Gustav I of Sweden called Gustav Vasa is elected regent.
  • Year 1541 » French explorer Jacques Cartier lands near Quebec City in his third voyage to Canada.
  • Year 1592 » Japanese invasions of Korea (1592–98) Japanese invasions of Korea: The Siege of Yeongwon Yeongwon Castle is besieged by the Azuchi–Momoyama period Japanese Fourth Division led by Itō Suketaka.
  • Year 1595 » Long War (1591–1606) named Long War: Wallachian prince Michael the Brave confronts the Ottoman Empire known as Ottoman army in the Battle of Călugăreni and achieves a tactical victory.
  • Year 1600 » Battle of Gifu Castle: The eastern forces of Tokugawa Ieyasu defeat the western Sengoku period known as Japanese clans loyal to Toyotomi Hideyori, leading to the destruction of Gifu Castle and serving as a prelude to the Battle of Sekigahara.
  • Year 1614 » The University of Groningen is established in the Dutch Republic.
  • Year 1614 » Fettmilch Uprising: Jews are expelled from Frankfurt, Holy Roman Empire, following the plundering of the Frankfurter Judengasse known as Judengasse.
  • Year 1628 » George Villiers, 1st Duke of Buckingham called George Villiers, the first Duke of Buckingham, is assassinated by John Felton (assassin) named John Felton.
  • Year 1655 » Battle of Sobota: The Swedish Empire led by Charles X Gustav defeats the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth.
  • Year 1765 » Beginning of Burmese–Siamese War (1765–1767) or Burmese–Siamese War.
  • Year 1784 » Western North Carolina (now eastern Tennessee) declares itself an independent state under the name of State of Franklin called Franklin; it is not accepted into the United States, and only lasts for four years.
  • Year 1799 » Napoleon called Napoleon I of France leaves Egypt for France en route to seizing power.
  • Year 1813 » At the Battle of Grossbeeren, the Prussians under Friedrich Wilhelm Freiherr von Bülow known as Von Bülow repulse the France or French army.
  • Year 1839 » The United Kingdom captures Hong Kong as a base as it prepares for war with Qing Dynasty or Qing China. The ensuing 3-year conflict will later be known as the First Opium War.
  • Year 1864 » The Union Navy Siege of Fort Morgan captures Fort Morgan (Alabama) Fort Morgan, Alabama, thus breaking Confederate States of America Confederate dominance of all ports on the Gulf of Mexico except Galveston, Texas.
  • Year 1866 » Austro-Prussian War ends with the Treaty of Prague (1866) named Treaty of Prague.
  • Year 1873 » Albert Bridge, London e.g Albert Bridge in Chelsea, London opens.
  • Year 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).
  • Year 1898 » The Southern Cross Expedition, the first British venture of the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration, departs from London.
  • Year 1904 » The tire chain e.g automobile tire chain is patented.
  • Year 1914 » World War I: Japan declares war on Germany and bombs Qingdao, Beiyang Government or China.
  • Year 1914 » World War I: Battle of Mons: The British Army begins withdrawal.
  • Year 1921 » British R38 class airship e.g airship R-38 experiences structural failure over Kingston upon Hull or Hull in England and crashes in the Humber estuary. Of her 49 British and American training crew, only four survive.
  • Year 1923 » Captain (United States O-3) known as Captain Lowell Smith and Lieutenant John P. Richter performed the first mid-air refueling on De Havilland DH-4B, setting an endurance flight record of 37 hours.
  • Year 1927 » Italian Anarchists Sacco and Vanzetti are executed after a lengthy, controversial trial.
  • Year 1929 » 1929 Hebron massacre or Hebron Massacre during the 1929 Palestine riots: Palestinian people e.g 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 r
  • Year 1938 » England English cricketer Len Hutton sets a world record for the List of Test cricket records Innings or series highest individual Test innings of 364, during a Test cricket Test match against Australia national cricket team Australia.
  • Year 1939 » World War II: Nazi 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, Kingdom of Romania named Romania, and Second Polish Republic or Poland are divided bet
  • Year 1942 » World War II: Beginning of the Battle of Stalingrad.
  • Year 1943 » World War II: Kharkov is liberated as a result of the Battle of Kursk.
  • Year 1944 » Freckleton Air Disaster A United States Army Air Forces B-24 Liberator bomber crashes into a school in Freckleton, England killing 61 people.
  • Year 1944 » World War II: Marseille is Liberation of Marseille known as liberated by the Allies.
  • Year 1945 » Soviet–Japanese War (1945) called Soviet–Japanese War Joseph Stalin ordered conveying a Imperial Japanese Army called Japanese army prisoner of war to the Soviet Union. (Japanese prisoners of war in the Soviet Union)
  • Year 1946 » Ordinance No. 46 of the Control Commission for Germany: British Element British Military Government constitutes the Germany German 'states of Germany Länder' (states) of State of Hanover Hanover and Schleswig-Holstein.
  • Year 1948 » World Council of Churches is formed.
  • Year 1954 » First flight of the Lockheed C-130 Hercules e.g C-130 Hercules transport aircraft.
  • Year 1966 » Lunar Orbiter 1 takes the first photograph of Earth from orbit around the Moon.
  • Year 1970 » Organized by Mexican American trade union named labor union leader César Chávez, the Salad Bowl strike, the largest farm worker strike action e.g strike in U.S. history, begins.
  • Year 1973 » A Norrmalmstorg robbery or 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".
  • Year 1977 » The Gossamer Condor wins the Kremer prize for human powered flight.
  • Year 1982 » Bachir Gemayel is elected Lebanese President amidst the raging civil war.
  • Year 1985 » Hans Tiedge, top counter-spy of West Germany, defects to East Germany.
  • Year 1987 » The American male basketball team lost the gold medal to Brazilian team at the Pan American Games in Indianapolis. The final score was 120–115 and triggered changes in this sport basis in USA, resulting in the "Dream Team".
  • Year 1989 » Singing Revolution: Two million people from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania stand on the Vilnius-Tallinn road, holding hands (Baltic Way).
  • Year 1990 » Saddam Hussein appears on Iraqi state television with a number of Western world called Western "guests" (actually hostages) to try to prevent the Gulf War.
  • Year 1990 » Armenia declares its independence from the Soviet Union.
  • Year 1990 » West Germany and East Germany announce that they will reunite on October 3.
  • Year 1991 » Tim Berners-Lee opens the WWW, World Wide Web to new users.
  • Year 1993 » The 'Galileo (spacecraft) called Galileo' spacecraft discovers a moon, later named Dactyl, around 243 Ida, the first known asteroid moon.
  • Year 1994 » Eugene Bullard, the only black pilot in World War I, is posthumously commissioned as Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force.
  • Year 2000 » Gulf Air Flight 072 crashes into the Persian Gulf near Manama, Bahrain, killing 143.
  • Year 2006 » Natascha Kampusch, who had been abducted at the age of ten, escapes from her captor Wolfgang Priklopil, after eight years of captivity.
  • Year 2010 » Manila hostage crisis, in which eight hostages were killed.
  • Year 2011 » A magnitude 5.8 (class: moderate) 2011 Virginia earthquake known as earthquake occurs in Virginia. Damage occurs to monuments and structures in Washington D.C. and the resulted damage is estimated at $200 million–$300 million USD.
  • Year 2011 » Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi is overthrown after the National Transitional Council forces take control of Bab al-Azizia compound during the 2011 Libyan civil war.
  • Year 2013 » A 2013 Palmasola prison riot known as riot at the Palmasola prison complex in Santa Cruz de la Sierra named Santa Cruz, Bolivia, kills 31 people.

World History for the Month of August