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1942Walter Johnson pitches to Babe Ruth in pregame attraction that draws 69,000 for NY-Wash game (raises $80,000 for Army-Navy relief

1954President Getulio Vargas of Brazil resigns temporarily

192640th US Women's Tennis: Molla Mallory beats Elizabeth Ryan (4-6 6-4 9-7)

1799Napoleon leaves Egypt for France en route to seize power.

1939Molotov-Ribbentrop pact: Eastern Europe divided between Hitler & Stalin

193044th US Women's Tennis: Betty Nuthall beats Anna McCune Harper (6-1 6-4)

1942British Premier Winston Churchill flies back to London from Cairo

1970Roberto Clemente compiles his record 2nd straight 5-hit game

1305William Wallace, Scottish patriot, is executed for high treason by Edward I of England.

1933Mahatma Gandhi released from Indian jail following yet another hunger strike

1972Chicago's Dick Allen is 4th (Jimmie Foxx, Hank Greenberg, & Alex Johnson) to homer into Comiskey Park's center field bleachers

1988Mike Tyson & Mitch Green brawl at 4 A.M. in Harlem

1993Fred McGriff & David Justice are 6th to hit back-to-back HRs twice in same game

1996Osama bin Laden issues message entitled 'A declaration of war against the Americans occupying the land of the two holy places.'

406Battle at Florence: Stilicho's Roman army beats Radagaisus' Barbarians

1987Betsy King wins Atlantic City LPGA Golf Classic

1541French explorer Jacques Cartier lands near Quebec City in his third voyage to Canada.

1981Beth Daniel wins LPGA World Championship of Women's Golf

August 23rd Historical Events
Date Event
79
Mount Vesuvius begins stirring, on the feast day of Vulcan, the Roman god of fire. 
406
Battle at Florence: Stilicho's Roman army beats Radagaisus' Barbarians 
476
Odoacer proclaimed King of of Italy, 1st barbarian King of Italy 
1046
King Henry III gives money to Utrecht Deventer diocese 
1305
William Wallace, Scottish patriot, is executed for high treason by Edward I of England. 
1328
Battle at Kassel: French troops stop uprising of Flemish farmers 
1328
King Philip VI of France, crowned 
1441
Holland & Hanzesteden sign cease fire treaty 
1514
Battle of Chaldiran ended with a decisive victory for the Sultan Selim I, Ottoman Empire, over the Shah Ismail I, Safavids founder. 
1541
French explorer Jacques Cartier lands near Quebec City in his third voyage to Canada. 
1542
Rabbi Joseph Caro completes his commentary of Tur Code 
1553
Bishop Stephen Gardiner appointed English Lord Chancellor 
1555
Calvinists are granted rights in the Netherlands. 
1566
Beeldenstorm reaches Amsterdam 
1566
Land guardian Margaretha van Parma grants Calvinists rights 
1582
French van Valois pays tribute to earl of Flanders 
1595
Michael the Brave confronts the Ottoman army in the Battle of Calugareni. 
1614
University of Groningen opens 
1617
1st one-way streets open (London) 
1708
Meidingnu Pamheiba is crowned King of Manipur. 
1711
Admiral Hovenden Walkers fleet reach St Lawrence 
1784
Eastern Tennessee settlers declare their area an independent state & name it Franklin; a year later the Continental Congress rejects it 
1796
African Methodist Episcopal Church incorporated 
1799
Napoleon leaves Egypt for France en route to seize power. 
1813
Battle of Grossbeeren - Prussians under Von Bulow repulse French 
1821
Mexico declares independence 
1838
Mt Holyoke Female Seminary (South Hadley, Mass) 1st graduating class 
1839
British capture Hong Kong from China 
1850
1st national women's rights convention convenes in Worcester Mass 
1862
Skirmish at Big Hill, Kentucky (2 Federal regiments) 
1864
Union troops/fleet occupy Fort Morgan, Alabama 
1866
Treaty of Prague ends Austro-Prussian war 
1869
1st carload of freight (boots & shoes) arrives in SF, from Boston 
1872
1st Japanese coml ship visits SF, carrying tea 
1873
Albert Bridge creossing Thames opens 
1879
Governor-general Charles Gordon of Sudan returns to Cairo 
1883
Phillies make 27 errors against Providence (wild pitches, walks & & passballs count as errors prior to 1888) 
1889
1st ship-to-shore wireless message received in US (SF) 
1896
First Cry of the Philippine Revolution is made in Pugad Lawin (Quezon City), in the province of Manila. 
1898
18th US Mens Tennis: Malcolm Whitman beats Dwight Davis (3-6 6-2 6-2 6-1) 
1900
National Negro Business League organizes (Boston) 
1903
6th Zionist Congres, Theodor Herzl declares Jewish state 
1904
Automobile tire chain patented 
1906
Chicago White Sox win 19th straight, beating Wash Senators 
1906
Cuba's 1st president Tomés Estrada Palma asks for US intervention 
1907
Pitts Howie Camnitz no-hits NY Giants, 1-0 in 5 inning game 
1910
Fred Clarke makes a record 4 outfield assists for Pittsburgh 
1911
British premier Asquith holds secret meeting about British strategy in case of war with Germany 
1914
-24] German troops plunder Belgium 
1914
Battle at Mons: general von Klucks troops beat Britten 
1914
Gen von Hausen executes 612 inhabitants of Dinant Belgium 
1914
Japan declares war on Germany in World War I 
1915
Tsar Nicolaas II takes control of Russian Army 
1916
Military court of Berlin sentences Karl Liebknecht to 4 years 
1917
Race riot in Houston Texas (2 blacks & 11 whites killed) 
1919
"Gasoline Alley" cartoon strip premieres in Chicago Tribune 
1920
M R Rinehart & A Hopwood's "Bat" premieres in NYC 
1923
Capt. Lowell Smith and Lt. John P. Richter performed the first mid-air refueling on De Havilland DH-4B, setting an endurance flight record of 37 hours. 
1924
Mars' closest approach to Earth since 10th century 
1926
40th US Women's Tennis: Molla Mallory beats Elizabeth Ryan (4-6 6-4 9-7) 
1929
Arabs attack Jews in Israel 
1930
44th US Women's Tennis: Betty Nuthall beats Anna McCune Harper (6-1 6-4) 
1931
45th US Women's Tennis: Helen Moody beats Eileen B Whitingstall (6-4 6-1) 
1931
Count Gyula Károlyi becomes premier of Hungary 
1931
Phila A's Lefty Grove, loses 1-0 (Browns) after winning 16 straight 
1933
1st TV boxing match - Archie Sexton & Laurie Raiteri in London 
1933
Mahatma Gandhi released from Indian jail following yet another hunger strike 
1936
17 year old Bob Feller's 1st game, he strikes out 15 St Louis Browns 
1938
England score 7-903 decl v Australia Hutton 364 
1939
John Cobb (Britain) drives 365.85 MPH (593.48 KPH) at Bonneville Flats 
1939
Molotov-Ribbentrop pact: Eastern Europe divided between Hitler & Stalin 
1939
USSR & Germany sign a non-agression pact 
1940
German Luftwaffe begins night bombing on London 
1940
Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands dismisses premier De Geer 
1942
1st US flights to land on Guadalcanal 
1942
Battle of Stalingrad: 600 Luftwaffe planes 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 NY-Wash game (raises $80,000 for Army-Navy relief 
1942
World War II: The last cavalry charge in history takes place at Izbushensky. 
1943
Red army recaptures Charkow during WWII 
1944
94.5°F (34.7°C) in De Bilt Netherlands & 101.5°F (38.6°C) in Warnsvelt 
1944
Allied troops capture Marseilles, France 
1944
General George Leclercs troops advance towards Paris 
1944
General Montgomery consults with Generals Bradley and Eisenhower 
1944
King Michael of Romania ordered his forces to cease fire against Allies & dismissed the pro-Axis premier, Marshal Ion Antonescu 
1944
Romania liberated from Nazi occupation 
1944
Sammellager Drancy freed 
1944
US 20th Army corp enter Fontainebleau/Melun de Seine 
1944
US B-24 crashes into school in Freckelton England, 76 killed 
1946
13th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: All-Stars 16, Los Angeles 0 (97,380) 
1946
Ordinance No. 46 of the British Military Government constitutes the German Land (state) of Schleswig-Holstein. 
1947
US President Truman's daughter, Margaret's 1st public singing concert 
1948
Earl Bernadotte asks aid for fugitives to Palestine 
1948
World Council of Churches formed by 147 churches from 44 countries 
1950
Jack Holden wins marathon (2:32:12) 
1950
West Germany & Japan readmitted to Intl Amateur Athletic Federation 
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 & is also ejected for arguing 
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, CA (ABC) begins broadcasting 
1953
Phil Grate sets record for throwing a baseball (443'3") 
1953
USSR performs nuclear test 
1954
President Getulio Vargas of Brazil resigns temporarily 
1954
First flight of the C-130 Hercules transport aircraft. 
1955
Betty Jameson wins LPGA White Mountain Golf Open 
1957
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
1958
China PR resumes fire on Quemoi & Matsoe 
1958
Marie Ashton completes playing piano a female record 133 hours 
1958
Chinese Civil War: The Second Taiwan Strait crisis begins with the People's Liberation Army's bombardment of Quemoy. 
1959
Beverly Hanson wins LPGA Spokane Golf Open 
1960
World's largest frog (3.3 kg) caught (Equatorial Guinea) 
1961
Belgium sends troops to Rwanda-Urundi 
1961
East Germany imposed new curbs on travel between West & East Berlin 
1961
US lunar probe Ranger 1 reaches 190 km from Earth, falls back 
1962
1st Europe-US live TV program (via Telstar) 
1963
Beatles release "She Loves You" in UK 
1963
Ringo admits he wrote a song "Don't Pass Me By" 
1963
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
1964
Marilynn Smith wins Albuquerque Professional Amateur Golf Tournament 
1964
St Louis Cards are 11 games back in NL, & win World Series 
1966
Lunar Orbiter 1 takes 1st photograph of Earth from Moon 
1968
Ringo quits Beatles over a disagreement, temporarily 
1968
Yanks & Tigers play 3-3 tie in 19 due to 1 AM curfew 
1969
Audrey McElmory (US) 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) 
1970
Kathy Ahern wins LPGA Southgate Ladies Golf Open 
1970
Roberto Clemente compiles his record 2nd straight 5-hit game 
1971
WGTU TV channel 29 in Traverse City, MI (ABC) begins broadcasting 
1972
Republican convention (Miami Beach, Fla) renominates VP Agnew but not unanimous-1 vote went to NBC newsman David Brinkley) 
1972
Chicago's Dick Allen is 4th (Jimmie Foxx, Hank Greenberg, & Alex Johnson) to homer into Comiskey Park's center field bleachers 
1972
4 civilians and 1 British soldier are injured in separate overnight shooting incidents in North Ireland 
1973
Intelsat communications satellite launched 
1974
John Lennon reports seeing a UFO in NYC 
1974
Zaheer Abbas scores 240 Pakistan v England at The Cricket Oval 
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
USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR 
1976
Heavy earthquake strikes China, 1,000s die 
1977
1st man-powered flight of a mile (Bryan Allen in Gossamer Condor) 
1977
Marxist philosopher Rudolf Bahro imprisoned in German DR 
1978
Iranian students occupies Iranian embassy at Wassenaar 
1979
Bolshoi Ballet dancer Alexander Godunov defects in NYC 
1979
Iranian army opens offensive against Kurds 
1979
UN's Vienna office opens 
1980
Charlie Finley sells A's for $127M to Haas (owners of Levi Strauss) 
1981
Beth Daniel wins LPGA World Championship of Women's Golf 
1982
Lebanese falangist leader Bechir Gemayel elected as president 
1982
Seattle Mariner pitcher Gaylord Perry ejected for throwing a spitter 
1982
USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR 
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 German DR 
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 
1986
"Rags" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 4 performances 
1986
Vrijkomend vulkaangas kills 1500 people in Nyos-more, Cameroon 
1987
15-year 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 
1988
Mike Tyson & Mitch Green brawl at 4 A.M. in Harlem 
1989
LA Dodgers beat Montreal Expos, 1-0, in 22 innings (Rick Dempsey HR) 
1989
Lewis/Everett/Burrell/Heard run world record 4x200 m (1:19.38) 
1990
Armenia declares independence 
1990
East & West Germany announced that they would unite on Oct 3 
1990
US begins call up of 46,000 reservists to the Persian Gulf 
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 
1992
Wilhelm Verwoerd, grandson of former South African Prime Minister, Hendrik Verwoerd, main architect of apartheid, joins the African National Congress 
1993
NY Dow Jones index reaches record high of 3,638.96 points 
1993
Fred McGriff & David Justice are 6th to hit back-to-back HRs twice in same game 
1995
Indians' Jose Mesa sets record with his 38th consecutive save 
1995
Larry Hagman receives a liver transplant 
1996
Osama bin Laden issues message entitled 'A declaration of war against the Americans occupying the land of the two holy places.' 
2000
A Gulf Air Airbus A320 crashes into the Persian Gulf near Manama, Bahrain, killing 143. 
2000
Nicaragua becomes a member of the Berne Convention copyright treaty. This essentially deprecated the Buenos Aires Convention treaty, because as of this date, all members of the BA Convention were also signatories to Berne. 
2005
Hurricane Katrina first forms over the Bahamas, later becoming a category 5 hurricane 
2005
TANS Peru Flight 204 crashes near Pucallpa, Peru, killing 41. 
2006
Natascha Kampusch, who was abducted at the age of 10, managed to escape from her captor Wolfgang Priklopil, after 8 years of captivity. 
2010
Manila hostage crisis, which occurred at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila, where a dismissed police officer took hostage a tour bus full of Chinese nationals. 
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. 
2011
5.8 earthquake occurrs in Mineral, Virginia felt as far north as Ontario and as far south as Atlanta, Georgia 
2012
Four people are killed and 28 injured in a hot air ballooning accident in Slovenia 
2012
At least 30 are killed as a result of monsoon rain in Rajasthan, India 
2013
50 people are killed in mosque bombings in Tripoli, Lebanon 
2013
26 people are killed and 55 are injured by a suicide bombing in Baghdad, Iraq 
2013
UN inspectors are stopped by Syrian government from investigating a reported site of a chemical massacre 
2016
State Dept. reviewing nearly 15000 Clinton emails 
2016
Texas judge blocks Obama's transgender bathroom directive 
2017
China July trade with North Korea slows from June as coal ban bites 
2017
Police use gas to disperse protesters outside Trump rally in Phoenix 
2017
US Navy to relieve Seventh Fleet commander after collisions in Asia 
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