On This Day.... August 23

 

AUGUST 23RD

  • TODAY IS NATIONAL SPONGE CAKE DAY
 

BIRTHDAYS:

  • LOUIS XVI (1754-1793)
  • GENE KELLY (1912-1996)
 
  • BARBARA EDEN (1931, 87)
  • KEITH MOON (1946-1978)
 
  • RICK SPRINGFIELD (1949, 69)
  • SHELLEY LONG (1949, 69)
 
  • QUEEN NOOR (1951, 67)
  • RIVER PHOENIX (1970-1993)
 
  • JAY MOHR (1970, 48)
  • JOE ANDRUZZI (1975, 43)
 
  • SCOTT CAAN (1976, 42)
  • JARED FOGLE (1977, 41)
 
  • KOBE BRYANT (1978, 40)
 

ON THIS DAY:

  • IN 1305, SCOTTISH HERO WILLIAM WALLACE IS EXECUTED FOR TREASON BY KING EDWARD I OF ENGLAND
  • IN 1617, LONDON BEGINS DESIGNATED SOME STREETS AS ONE-WAY STREETS
  • IN 1784, EASTERN TENNESSEE SETTLERS ATTEMPT TO BREAK AWAY AND FORM THEIR OWN STATE CALLED “FRANKLIN”. IT IS REJECTED BY CONGRESS THE FOLLOWING YEAR
  • IN 1839, THE BRITISH CONQUER HONG KONG AND TAKE IT FROM THE CHINESE
 
  • IN 1850, THE FIRST U.S. NATIONAL WOMENS RIGHTS CONGRESS IS HELD IN WORCESTER
  • IN 1859, THE FIFTH AVENUE HOTEL IN NEW YORK INSTALLS THE FIRST PASSENGER ELEVATOR
  • IN 1869, THE FIRST CROSS COUNTRY FREIGHT TRAIN ARRIVES IN SAN FRANCISCO FROM BOSTON CARRYING SHOES AND BOOTS
  • IN 1913, COPENHAGEN UNVEILS “THE LITTLE MERMAID” STATUE IN ITS HARBOR
 
  • IN 1914, JAPAN DECLARES WAR ON GERMANY IN WORLD WAR I
  • IN 1926, RUDOLF VALENTINO DIES AT 31 OF COMPLICATIONS FROM GASTRIC ULCERS
  • IN 1933, ARCHIE SEXTON FIGHTS LAURIE RAITERI IN LONDON IN THE FIRST EVER TELEVISED BOXING MATCH
  • IN 1933, MAHATMA GANDHI IS RELEASED FROM JAIL FOLLOWING A HUNGER STRIKE
  • IN 1937, CHARLES ZIMMY, THE “HUMAN FISH”, A 46 YEAR OLD MAN WITH NO LEGS, JUMPS OFF A PIER IN ALBANY, NEW YORK TO BEGIN A SIX DAY SWIM TO NYC
 
  • IN 1938, FRANK CAPRA RELEASES “YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU”
  • IN 1939, GERMANY AND THE SOVIET UNION SIGN A SECRET NON AGGRESSION PACT WHICH DIVIDES POLAND BETWEEN THEM
  • IN 1940, GERMANY BEGINS NIGHT BOMBING RAIDS OVER LONDON

 
  • IN 1942, “KING KONG” STAR FAY WRAY MARRIES SCREENWRITER ROBERT RISKIN
  • IN 1946, HOWARD HAWKS RELEASES “THE BIG SLEEP” WITH HUMPHREY BOGART
  • IN 1960, OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN JR DIES AT 65
 
  • IN 1962, JOHN LENNON MARRIES CYNTHIA POWELL
  • IN 1963, THE BEATLES RELEASE “SHE LOVES YOU”
  • IN 1965, 20TH CENTURY FOX RELEASES “THE SOUND OF MUSIC”
  • IN 1966, THE BEATLES HIS #1 WITH THE DOUBLE SINGLE “YELLOW SUBMARINE” AND “ELANOR RIGBY”
 
  • IN 1969, JOHNNY CASH HAS THE #1 ALBUM WITH “JOHNNY CASH AT SAN QUENTIN”
  • IN 1969, THE ROLLING STONES HAVE THE #1 SINGLE WITH “HONKY TONK WOMAN”
  • IN 1970, LOU REED PLAYED HIS LAST SHOW WITH THE VELVET UNDERGROUND. HE SPENT THE NEXT YEAR WORKING AS A TYPIST MAKING $40 PER WEEK
 
  • IN 1971, THE ORIGINAL SEA WORLD ORCA “SHAMU” DIES
  • IN 1971, DIANA ROSS HIT #1 WITH “I’M STILL WAITING”
  • IN 1972, THE REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION RENOMINATES SPIRO AGNEW AS VICE PRESIDENT WITH ONE DISSENTING VOTE GOING TO NBC’S DAVID BRINKLEY
 
  • IN 1975, MAGGIE SMITH MARRIES PLAYWRIGHT BEVERLY CROSS
  • IN 1976, AN EARTHQUAKE IN RURAL CHINA KILLS THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE
  • IN 1978, “CHARLIE’S ANGELS” STAR KATE JACKSON MARRIES ANDREW STEVENS
  • IN 1987, A 15 YEAR OLD HIJACKS A ROYAL DUTCH AIRLINES 737 FROM AMSTERDAM TO MILAN AND DEMANDS A BILLION DOLLAR RANSOM
  • IN 1989, 40 YEAR OLD CARS LEAD SINGER RICK OCASEK MARRIES 24 YEAR OLD MODEL PAULINA PORIZKOVA
 
  • IN 1990, ARMENIA DECLARES INDEPENDENCE
  • IN 1990, EAST AND WEST GERMANY ANNOUNCE THEY WILL FORMALLY REUNITE
  • IN 1990, THE U.S. CALLS 46,000 RESERVES UP TO FIGHT IN THE PERSIAN GULF
  • IN 1994, JEFF BUCKLEY RELEASES “GRACE” FEATURING THE SONG “HALLELUJAH”
 
  • IN 1995, LARRY HAGMAN RECEIVES A LIVER TRANSPLANT
  • IN 1996, OSAMA BIN LADEN RELEASES A STATEMENT OFFICIALLY DECLARING WAR AGAINST AMERICA FOR ITS OCCUPATION OF “HOLY PLACES” IN THE MIDDLE EAST
  • IN 2005, HURRICANE KATRINA FORMS OVER THE BAHAMAS
  • IN 2007, THE HASHTAG IS FIRST USED IN A TWEET
 
  • IN 2008, AUSTRALIAN DIVER MATTHEW MITCHAM SETS THE RECORD FOR THE HIGHEST SCORE EVER IN OLYMPIC DIVING HISTORY AT THE BEIJING OLYMPICS
  • IN 2010, ELIN NORDEGREN DIVORCES TIGER WOODS AFTER SIX YEARS
  • IN 2011, THE LIBYAN CIVIL WAR DEVOLVES INTO CHAOS AS THE NATIONAL TRANSITIONAL COUNCIL TAKES OVER THE GOVERNMENT AND FORCES OUT MUAMMAR GADDAFI
 
  • IN 2014, BRAD PITT MARRIES ANGELINA JOLIE
  • IN 2015, A 12 YEAR OLD BOY VISITING A MUSEUM IN TAIWAN TRIPS AND RIPS A HOLE IN A $1.5 MILLION PAINTING CALLED “FLOWERS”
  • IN 2017, THE U.S. NAVY FIRES VICE ADMIRAL JOSEPH AUCOIN AFTER A SERIES OF COLLISIONS BETWEEN SHIPS IN ASIAN WATERS
 

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