On This Day

What Happened on August 23, 1923

Historical Events

  • 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.

Sports record brokenWorld Record

Paavo Nurmi of Finland runs world record for 1 mile of 4:10.4 in Stockholm; record stands until 1931

Runner nicknamed the
Runner nicknamed the "Flying Finn"
Paavo Nurmi

Famous Birthdays

  • Humphrey Fisher, TV producer, born in England (d. 1996)
  • Ken Rickards, West Indies cricketer (WI batsman two Tests 104 runs), born in Jamaica (d. 1995)
1923 Highlights

About August 23, 1923

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 97 years, 3 months and 9 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Pig
Star Sign: Virgo