What Happened in August 1923

Historical Events

  • Aug 3 Baseball games cancelled following the death of President Harding

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 3 VP Calvin Coolidge becomes 30th US President upon death of President Warren G. Harding

30th US President Calvin Coolidge
30th US President
Calvin Coolidge
  • Aug 5 1st American to swim English Channel (Henry Sullivan)
  • Aug 6 Gustav Stresemann is named chancellor and foreign minister during riots and strikes in Germany
  • Aug 9 NY State Golf Association formed
  • Aug 11 Dutch Premier de Geer resigns
  • Aug 12 Dutch AR-leader Coair replaces De Geer as minister of finances
  • Aug 12 Enrico Tiraboschi is 1st to swim English Channel westward
  • Aug 13 Gustav Stresemann becomes premier of German coalition government

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Aug 13 Turkish National Congress selects Mustafa Kemal Atatürk Pasja as President

President and founder of the Republic of Turkey Mustafa Kemal Atatürk
President and founder of the Republic of Turkey
Mustafa Kemal Atatürk
  • Aug 13 US Steel Corp initiates 8-hour work day
  • Aug 15 Eamon de Valera arrested in Irish Free State
  • Aug 15 Mexico & US reaches accord over oil concession of 1917

Sport awardTennis Open

Aug 18 37th U.S. Women's National Championship: Helen Wills Moody beats Molla Bjurstedt Mallory (6-2, 6-1)

Tennis Player Helen Wills Moody
Tennis Player
Helen Wills Moody
  • Aug 18 16th Women's Australasian Championships: Margaret Molesworth beats Esna Boyd (6-1, 7-5)
  • Aug 18 16th Men's Australasian Championships: Pat O'Hara Wood beats Bert St John (6-1, 6-1, 6-3)
  • Aug 20 London dock strike ends

Sports record brokenWorld Record

Aug 22 Paavo Nurmi runs world record mile (4:10.4)

Runner nicknamed the
Runner nicknamed the "Flying Finn"
Paavo Nurmi
  • Aug 23 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.
  • Aug 24 Paavo Nurmi runs world record 3 mile (14:11.2)
  • Aug 31 League of Nations gives Belgium mandate of Ruanda-Urundi (was German)

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Aug 31 Italian troops occupy Corfu

Italian Dictator Benito Mussolini
Italian Dictator
Benito Mussolini
  • Aug 31 Mussolini orders the Greek Government to apologize for the deaths of an Italian general and his staff on the Greco-Albanian border

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 1 Paul Lambert, actor (Tom-Executive Suite), born in El Paso, Texas
  • Aug 1 Yoshinao Nakada, composer

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Aug 2 Shimon Peres, Israeli Prime Minister (Labor), President (2007-14) and Nobel Peace Prize (1994), born in Wiszniewo, Poland (d. 2016)

Israeli Statesman Shimon Peres
Israeli Statesman
Shimon Peres
  • Aug 3 Anne Klein, fashion designer (Anne Klein II)
  • Aug 3 Roger Foulon, French/Belgian poet
  • Aug 3 Shenouda III of Alexandria, Pope of the Coptic Christianity, (d. 2012)
  • Aug 4 Arthur Butterworth, composer
  • Aug 4 Reg Grundy, Australian media and television mogul (Neighbours), born in New South Wales (d. 2016)
  • Aug 4 Mushtaq Ahmad Yusufi, Pakistani satirical and humor writer
  • Aug 5 Richard Kleindienst, attorney general (1972)
  • Aug 5 Devan Nair, President of Singapore
  • Aug 6 Jack Parnell, orchestra leader (Englebert Humperdick Show), born in London, England
  • Aug 6 Jackie Kelk, actor (Homer-Aldrich Family), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Aug 6 William B Williams, DJ (WNEW, Sammy & Company), born in Babylon, New York
  • Aug 6 Jess Collins, American artist (d. 2004)
  • Aug 8 Esther Williams, Inglewood Cal, actress/swimmer (Dangerous when Wet), (d. 2013)
  • Aug 9 Gerrit Kouwenaar, Dutch literary
  • Aug 9 Hillevi Lagerstam, Kurikka, Finnish actress
  • Aug 10 Fred Ridgway, England cricket pace bowler (1951-52 Indian tour)
  • Aug 10 Gillian Brown, diplomat
  • Aug 10 Rhonda Fleming, [Marilyn Louis], actress (Spellbound), born in Hollywood, California
  • Aug 11 Stan Chambers, American television reporter
  • Aug 12 John Holt Jr, cricketer (WI batsman in 17 Tests, 1066 runs at 36 75)
  • Aug 14 William Flanagan, composer
  • Aug 15 Rose Marie, actress (Sally Rogers-Dick Van Dyke Show), born in NYC, New York
  • Aug 16 Joe Hutton, northumbrian piper/shepherd
  • Aug 16 Millôr Fernandes, Brazilian playwright
  • Aug 17 Anton Kersjes, violinist/conductor (Amsterdam Philharmonic Orch)
  • Aug 17 Larry Rivers, [Grossberg], painter (Wash crossing Delaware-1953), born in NYC, New York
  • Aug 17 Chaleo Yoovidhya, Phichit, Thailand, co-creator of Red Bull, (d. 2012)
  • Aug 18 Jahangir Khan Irani, cricket wicketkeeper for India (1947-8 Aust tour)
  • Aug 18 Sadu Shinde, cricketer (Indian leg-spinner late 1940's/early 1950's)
  • Aug 18 Jenni Irani, Indian cricketer (d. 1982)
  • Aug 20 Jim Reeves, US country singer/actor (Gun Fury, Kimberley Jim), born in Panola County, Texas (d. 1864)
  • Aug 21 Chris Schenkel, Biuppus Ind, sportscaster (Monday Night Fights)
  • Aug 22 Gerald Long, journalist/CEO (Reuters)
  • Aug 23 Humphrey Fisher, TV producer
  • Aug 23 Kenneth Rickards, cricketer (WI batsman two Tests 104 runs)
  • Aug 23 Richard Adler, composer/songwriter (Damn Yankees, Pajama Game)
  • Aug 23 Edgar F. Codd, English computer scientist (d. 2003)
  • Aug 24 Helena Carter, [Helen Rickerts], US model/actress (River Lady)
  • Aug 24 Arthur Jensen, American psychologist, (d. 2012)
  • Aug 26 Wolfgang Sawallisch, Munich Germany, conductor (Vienna Symph 1960-70)
  • Aug 29 Hirulal Gaekwad, cricket all-rounder (Test for India 1952-53)
  • Aug 29 Lester Albert Trimble, composer
  • Aug 29 Reinier Braams, Dutch biophysicist/MP (VVD)
  • Aug 29 Richard Attenborough, Cambridge, English actor/director (Gandhi, Young Winston)
  • Aug 29 Marmaduke Hussey, BBC Chairman (d. 2006)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 30 Elias Victor Seixas, American tennis player (Wimbeldon and U.S. Open champion), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Tennis Player Vic Seixas
Tennis Player
Vic Seixas
  • Aug 30 Gerhard Wimberger, Austria composer (Glove)
  • Aug 30 Barbara Mary Ansell, UK founder of paediatric rheumatology (d. 2001)
  • Aug 30 Charmian Clift, Australian writer and essayist (d. 1969)
  • Aug 31 Larry White Grayson, British comedian (Generation Game)
  • Aug 31 Serafina K "Sera" Anstadt, Polish/Dutch actress/author

Famous Deaths

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Aug 2 warren harding, 29th Pres (1921-23), dies at Palace Hotel SF at 57

29th US President Warren G. Harding
29th US President
Warren G. Harding
  • Aug 5 Vatroslav Jagić, Croatian slavist (b. 1835)
  • Aug 7 Hendrik Pierson, Dutch theologist (H Pierson Foundation), dies at 89
  • Aug 14 Jacob T Cremer, pres (Dutch Handel-Mij), dies at 76
  • Aug 19 Vilfredo Pareto, Italian sociologist and economist (b. 1845)
  • Aug 24 Kate Douglas Wiggin, author (US kindergarten movement), dies at 66