August 23 Holidays

August 23 Holidays & National Days & Fun Days | August 23 Calendar

August 23th Daily Holidays include:

  • Buttered Corn Day 
  • Cuban Sandwich Day 
  • European Day of Remembrance for Victims of Stalinism and Nazism 
  • Hug Your Sweetheart Day 
  • International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade & it’s Abolition 
  • Internaut Day 
  • National Cheap Flight Day 
  • National Ride the Wind Day 
  • National Sponge Cake Day 
  • Valentino Day 

August 23: Famous Birthdays

  • August 23, 1783 – William Tierney Clark, English civil engineer who designed the Hammersmith Bridge in London, England (d. 1852)
  • August 23, 1883 – Jonathan M. Wainwright IV, American general and Melad of Honor recipient (d. 1953)
  • August 23, 1912 – Gene Kelly, American actor, singer, and dancer (Singing in the Rain) (d. 1996)
  • August 23, 1917 – Tex Williams, American singer, and songwriter (d. 1985)
  • August 23, 1929 – Vera Miles, American actress (Psycho)
  • August 23, 1931 – Barbara Eden, American actress and singer (I Dream of Jeannie)
  • August 23, 1946 – Keith Moon, English drummer and songwriter (The Who) (d. 1978)
  • August 23, 1949 – Shelley Long, American actress (Cheers)
  • August 23, 1949 – Rick Springfield, Australian singer, songwriter, and actor (General Hospital, #1 hit Jessie’s Girl in Australia and US)
  • August 23, 1970 – River Phoenix, American actor and singer (Stand By Me) (d. 1993)
  • August 23, 1970 – Jay Mohr, American actor and comedian (Jerry Macguire)
  • August 23, 1976 – Scott Caan, American actor, director, and screenwriter (Hawaii Five-O)

August 23: Historical Events

  • August 23, 1305 – Sir William Wallace is executed for high treason by Edward I of England
  • August 23, 1873 – The Albert Bridge crossing the Thames opens in Chelsea, London
  • August 23, 1904 – The automobile tire chain is patented
  • August 23, 1914 – Japan declares war on Germany in World War I
  • August 23, 1923 – The first mid-air refueling is performed by Captain Lowell Smith and Lt. John P. Richter on De Havilland DG-4B who set an endurance flight record of 37 hours
  • August 23, 1939 – USSR & Germany sign a non-aggression treaty
  • August 23, 1948 – The World Council of Churches is formed by 147 churches from 44 countries
  • August 23, 1966 – Lunar Orbiter 1 takes the first photograph of Earth from the Moon
  • August 23, 1977 – The 1st man-powered flight by Bryan Allen in a Gossamer Condor
  • August 23, 1990 – Armenia declares it independence from the Soviet Union
  • August 23, 1990 – West and East Germany announce that they will reunite on October 3
  • August 23, 2011 – A 5.8 magnitude earthquake occurs in Virginia with over $200 million of damages to monuments and structures in Washington D.C.
  • August 23, 2011 – Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi is overthrown

August 23: Music Events

  • August 23, 1965 – The album Help! by The Beatles is certified gold
  • August 23, 1965 – The Beatles’ second film, Help! premieres in New York City
  • August 23, 1968 – Back in the U.S.S.R. by The Beatles is recorded
  • August 23, 1969 – Honky Tonk Women by The Rolling Stones’ hits #1
  • August 23, 1975 – Fallin’ in Love by Hamilton, Joe Frank and Reynolds’ hits #1
  • August 23, 1978 – King Tut by Steve Martin is certified gold
  • August 23, 1980 – The album Ashes to Ashes by David Bowie hits #1 on the UK charts
  • August 23, 2000 – Kenny Loggins is awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

August 23: Astrological Sign

The Astrological Sign for August 23 is Virgo.

August Birthstone:

What is the August Birthstone? Peridot

Peridot. The modern August birthstone, peridot has been prized as a jewelry stone since ancient times. Always green in color but with considerable variations, a peridot’s particular shade depends on its source.


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