On This Day

What Happened on August 23

Important Events

  • 1542 Rabbi Joseph Caro completes his commentary of Tur Code
  • 1850 1st US National Women's Rights Convention convenes in Worcester, Massachusetts
  • 1942 Battle of Stalingrad: 600 Luftwaffe planes bomb Stalingrad (40,000 die)
  • 1996 Osama bin Laden issues message entitled "A declaration of war against the Americans occupying the land of the two holy places"
  • 2005 Hurricane Katrina forms over the Bahamas, later becoming a category 5 hurricane
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Aug 23 in Film & TV

  • 1933 First televised boxing match — 6-round exhibition at Broadcasting House in London between middleweights Archie Sexton and Lauri Raiteri; aired by BBC-TV
  • 1946 "The Big Sleep" directed by Howard Hawks and starring Humphrey Bogart (Philip Marlowe) and Lauren Bacall, premieres

Aug 23 in Music

  • 1994 Jeff Buckley releases his album "Grace", featuring his cover of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah"

Aug 23 in Sport

  • 1933 First televised boxing match — 6-round exhibition at Broadcasting House in London between middleweights Archie Sexton and Lauri Raiteri; aired by BBC-TV

Do you know this fact about today?Did You Know?

World War II: last cavalry charge in history takes place at Isbushenskij, Russia; the Italian Savoia Cavalleria charges Soviet infantry

On August 23, 1942

Would you believe this fact about today?Would You Believe?

Mars' closest approach to Earth since 10th century

On August 23, 1924

Famous Weddings

  • 1876 Sharp Shooter Annie Oakley weds traveling show marksman Frank E. Butler
  • 1942 "King Kong" actress Fay Wray (34) weds screenwriter and playwright Robert Riskin (45)
  • 1962 British "Beatles" musician John Lennon (21) weds Cynthia Powell (22); divorce in 1968

Famous Divorces

  • 2010 Former Swedish model Elin Nordegren (30) divorces professional golfer Tiger Woods (34) after 6 years of marriage
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