August 23 Events in History - August 23 Birthdays - August 23 Deaths
2015 Officials from North Korea and South Korea meet to discuss issues that have led to recent hostile incidents along the border; South Korea is currently conducting military exercises with the United States, which North Korea claims is a threat
2014 Continued rain in the Hiroshima province of Japan poses a risk of additional landslides, which have caused the death of at least 42 people to date
2014 India's central bank states that domestic credit cards must complete extra validation when used to buy local goods or services; some businesses have avoided the rule by using foreign payment systems, resulting in cash flows out of the country
2013 Libya's ruins of Cyrene, a World Heritage Site near Shahhat, is damaged by real estate developers
2013 CEO of Microsoft, Steve Ballmer, announces his retirement in the next 12 months
2012 Lance Armstrong, the seven-time Tour de France winner, announces he will not contest the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency charges of doping, a result of which will include being stripped of all of his tour de France victories
2012 In a letter on a controversy in Germany over circumcision, the President of Israel, Shimon Peres stresses that circumcision is at the core of Jewish identity
2011 The Government of Syria is under investigation by the U.N. Human Rights Council for alleged human rights violations during the 2011 Syrian uprising
2011 A 5.8 magnitude earthquake, the most powerful since 1897, strikes near Mineral, Virginia, causing a shut down of a nearby nuclear reactor
2010 Heavy winds knock down the Anne Frank tree in Amsterdam, breaking off approximately one meter above the ground
2010 2 tons of elephant ivory and five rhino horns are seized in Nairobi, Kenya, the items were disguised as avocados destined for Malaysia
1998 Minnesota LPGA Classic
1995 Indians' Jose Mesa sets record with his 38th consecutive save
1995 Larry Hagman receives a liver transplant
1993 Dow Jones index reaches record high of 3,638.96 points
1993 Fred McGriff and David Justice are 6th to hit back-to-back home runs twice in same game
1992 Kris Tschetter wins LPGA Northgate Computer Golf Classic
1992 Dennis Eckersley, who previously set record for most consecutive saves (40), is 1st pitcher to record 40 saves in 4 different seasons
1990 Armenia declares independence
1990 East and West Germany announced that they would unite on Oct 3
1990 U.S. begins call up of 46,000 reservists to the Persian Gulf
1989 Los Angeles Dodgers beat Montreal Expos, 1-0, in 22 innings (Rick Dempsey home run)
1989 Lewis/Everett/Burrell/Heard run world record 4x200 m (1:19.38)
1988 Mike Tyson and Mitch Green brawl at 4 A.M. in Harlem
1987 15-years old boy hijacks KLM B737, demands $1 billion
1987 Betsy King wins Atlantic City LPGA Golf Classic
1987 Violent rainfall/floods in Bangladesh, kills 100s
1986 "Rags" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater New York City after 4 performances
1985 Said Aouita of Morocco sets 1.5k record (3:29.46) in Berlin
1985 South African attorney/UDF leader "Dulah" Omar arrested
1985 West German top counter espionage Hans Tiedge moves to East Germany
1985 Paul Hornung awarded $1,160,000 by a Louisville court against NCAA who barred him as a college football analyst for betting on games
1982 Lebanese falangist leader Bechir Gemayel elected as president
1982 Seattle Mariner pitcher Gaylord Perry ejected for throwing a spitter
1982 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
1981 Beth Daniel wins LPGA World Championship of Women's Golf
1980 Charlie Finley sells A's for $127M to Haas (owners of Levi Strauss)
1979 Bolshoi Ballet dancer Alexander Godunov defects in New York City
1979 Iran army opens offensive against Kurds
1978 Iranian students occupies Iranian embassy at Wassenaar
1977 1st man-powered flight of a mile (Bryan Allen in Gossamer Condor)
1977 Marxist philosopher Rudolf Bahro imprisoned in East Germany
1977 Yankees leap frog over Red Soxs game in 1st place to stay
1976 Heavy earthquake strikes China, 1,000s die
1975 Classical Way wins Championship Cup at Roosevelt Raceway
1975 Communists take over Laos
1975 Ethiopian junta under Mengistu Haile
1975 Free guitarist Paul Kossoff revived from dead after heart attack
1975 Philip Kapleau conducts 1st jukai ceremony in Poland
1975 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya U.S.S.R.
1974 John Lennon reports seeing a UFO in New York City
1974 Zaheer Abbas scores 240 Pakistan vs. England at The Cricket Oval
1973 Intelsat communications satellite launched
1972 Republican convention (Miami Beach, Florida) renominates Vice President Agnew but not unanimous - 1 vote went to NBC newsman David Brinkley
1972 Chicago's Dick Allen is 4th (Jimmie Foxx, Hank Greenberg, and Alex Johnson) to homer into Comiskey Park's center field bleachers
1971 WGTU TV channel 29 in Traverse City, MI (ABC) begins broadcasting
1970 Kathy Ahern wins LPGA Southgate Ladies Golf Open
1970 Roberto Clemente compiles his record 2nd straight 5-hit game
1969 Audrey McElmory (U.S.) wins World Cycling Championships, Brno,
1969 France's Une De Mai wins International Trot at Roosevelt Raceway Czechoslovakia (1st American to win cycling race title since 1912)
1968 Ringo quits Beatles over a disagreement, temporarily
1968 Yankees and Tigers play 3-3 tie in 19 due to 1 AM curfew
1966 Lunar Orbiter 1 takes 1st photograph of Earth from Moon
1964 Marilynn Smith wins Albuquerque Professional Amateur Golf Tournament
1964 St. Louis Cardinals are 11 games back in NL, and win World Series
1963 Beatles release "She Loves You" in UK
1963 Ringo admits he wrote a song "Don't Pass Me By"
1963 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1962 1st Europe-U.S. live TV program (via Telstar)
1962 John Lennon weds Cynthia Powell
1961 Belgium sends troops to Rwanda-Urundi
1961 East Germany imposed new curbs on travel between West and East Berlin
1961 U.S. lunar probe Ranger 1 reaches 190 km from Earth, falls back
1960 World's largest frog (3.3 kg) caught (Equatorial Guinea)
1959 Beverly Hanson wins LPGA Spokane Golf Open
1958 China resumes fire on Quemoi and Matsoe
1958 Marie Ashton completes playing piano a female record 133 hours
1957 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1955 Betty Jameson wins LPGA White Mountain Golf Open
1954 President Getulio Vargas of Brazil resigns temporarily
1953 Braves Phil Paine is 1st former major leaguer to play in Japan
1953 Cyclist Arie Van Vliet becomes world champion sprinter
1953 Dutch DC-6 crashes near Ymuiden in North Sea, 21 die
1953 KBAK TV channel 29 in Bakersfield, California (ABC) begins broadcasting
1953 Phil Grate sets record for throwing a baseball (443'3 ")
1953 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test
1952 Arab League security pact goes into effect
1952 Giants Bob Elliot is ejected for arguing a strike, Bobby Hoffman complete his at bat, he strikes out and is also ejected for arguing
1950 Jack Holden wins marathon (2:32:12)
1950 West Germany and Japan readmitted to International Amateur Athletic Federation
1948 Earl Bernadotte asks aid for fugitives to Palestine
1948 World Council of Churches formed by 147 churches from 44 countries
1947 President Truman's daughter, Margaret's 1st public singing concert
1946 13th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: All-Stars 16, Los Angeles 0 (97,380)
1944 94.5 degrees F (34.7 degrees C) in De Bilt Netherlands and 101.5 degrees F (38.6 degrees C) in Warnsvelt
1944 Allied troops capture Marseilles, France
1944 General George Leclercs troops advance towards Paris
1944 General Montgomery consults with Generals Bradley/Eisenhower
1944 King Michael of Romania ordered his forces to cease fire against Allies and dismissed the pro-Axis premier, Marshal Ion Antonescu
1944 Romania liberated from Nazi occupation (National Day)
1944 Sammellager Drancy freed
1944 U.S. 20th Army corp enter Fontainebleau/Melun de Seine
1944 U.S. B-24 crashes into school in Freckelton England, 76 killed
1943 Red army recaptures Charkow
1942 1st U.S. flights to land on Guadalcanal
1942 Battle of Stalingrad: 600 Luftwaffers bomb Stalingrad (40,000 die)
1942 British Premier Winston Churchill flies back to London from Cairo
1942 Walter Johnson pitches to Babe Ruth in pregame attraction that draws 69,000 for New York - Washington game, raises $80,000 for Army-Navy relief
1940 German Luftwaffe begins night bombing on London
1940 Queen Wilhelmina fires premier De Geer
1939 John Cobb (Britain) drives 365.85 MPH (593.48 KPH) at Bonneville Flats
1939 Molotov-Ribbentrop pact: East Europe divided between Hitler and Stalin
1939 U.S.S.R. and Germany sign a non-agression pact
1939 Molotov-Ribbentrop-pact (Soviet Union neutral/Poland divided)
1938 England score 7-903 decl vs. Australia Hutton 364
1936 17 year old Bob Feller's 1st game, he strikes out 15 St. Louis Browns
1933 1st TV boxing match - Archie Sexton and Laurie Raiteri in London
1931 45th U.S. Womens Tennis: Helen Moody beats Eileen B Whitingstall (64 61)
1931 Count Gyula Karolyi becomes premier of Hungary
1931 Philadelphia A's Lefty Grove, loses 1-0 (Browns) after winning 16 straight
1930 44th U.S. Womens Tennis: Betty Nuthall beats Anna McCune Harper (61 64)
1929 Arabs attack Jews in Israel
1926 40th U.S. Womens Tennis: Molla B Mallory beats Elizabeth Ryan (46 64 97)
1924 Mars' closest approach to Earth since 10th century
1920 M R Rinehart and A Hopwood's "Bat," premieres in New York City
1919 "Gasoline Alley" cartoon strip premieres in Chicago Tribune
1917 Race riot in Houston Texas (2 blacks and 11 whites killed)
1916 Military court of Berlin sentences Karl Liebknecht to 4 years
1915 Czar Nicolaas II takes control of Russian Army
1914 German troops plunder Belgium
1914 Battle at Mons: general von Klucks troops beat Britten
1914 General von Hausen executes 612 inhabitants of Dinant Belgium
1914 Japan declares war on Germany in World War I
1911 British premier Asquith holds secret meeting about British strategy in case of war with Germany
1910 Fred Clarke makes a record 4 outfield assists for Pittsburgh
1907 Pitts Howie Camnitz no-hits New York Giants, 1-0 in 5 inning game
1906 Chicago White Sox win 19th straight, beating Washington Senators
1906 Cuba's 1st president Tomas Estrada Palma asks for U.S. intervention
1904 Automobile tire chain patented
1903 6th Zionist Congres, Theodor Herzl declares Jewish state
1898 18th U.S. Mens Tennis: Malcolm Whitman beats Dwight Davis (36 62 62 61)
1889 1st ship-to-shore wireless message received in U.S. (SF)
1883 Phillies make 27 errors against Providence (wild pitches, walks and and passballs count as errors prior to 1888)
1879 Governor-general Charles Gordon of Sudan returns to Cairo
1873 Albert Bridge creossing Thames opens
1869 1st carload of freight (boots and shoes) arrives in SF, from Boston
1866 Treaty of Prague ends Austro-Prussian war
1864 Union troops/fleet occupy Fort Morgan, Alabama
1862 Skirmish at Big Hill, Kentucky (2 Federal regiments)
1850 1st national women's rights convention convenes in Worcester Mass
1839 British capture Hong Kong from China
1838 Mount Holyoke Female Seminary (South Hadley, Mass) 1st graduating class
1833 Britain abolishes slavery in colonies; 700,000 slaves freed
1821 Mexico declares independence
1813 Battle of Grossbeeren - Prussians under Von Bulow repulse French
1796 African Methodist Episcopal Church incorporated
1784 Eastern Tennessee settlers declare their area an independent state and name it Franklin; a year later the Continental Congress rejects it
1711 Admiral Hovenden Walkers fleet reach St. Lawrence
1617 1st one-way streets open (London)
1614 University of Groningen opens
1582 French van Valois pays tribute to earl of Flanders
1566 Beeldenstorm reaches Amsterdam
1566 Land guardian Margaretha van Parma grants Calvinists rights
1553 Bishop Stephen Gardiner appointed English Lord Chancellor
1542 Rabbi Joseph Caro completes his commentary of Tur Code
1441 Holland and Hanzesteden sign cease fire treaty
1328 Battle at Kassel: French troops stop uprising of Flemish farmers
1328 King Philip VI of France, crowned
1046 King Henry III gives money to Utrecht Deventer diocese
476 Odoacer elected King of Byzantine
406 Battle at Florence: Stilicho's Roman army beats Radagaisus' Barbarians