On This Day

Historical Events on August 23 (Part 2)

  • 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
  • 2015 English Indycar driver Justin Wilson suffers a head injury during a race crash at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania
  • 2015 Destruction by IS of the 1st century AD temple of Baalshamin in ancient ruins of Palmyra confirmed by Syrian officials
  • 2015 12 year old boy trips and rips 17th-century painting "Flowers" by Paolo Porpora worth $1.5m at exhibition in Taiwan

Golf Tournament

2015 Canadian Open Women's Golf, Vancouver GC: Lydia Ko of New Zealand wins in a playoff with Stacy Lewis for her third success in the event

  • 2017 World's driest place, the Atacama desert in Chile blooms after unexpected rainfall
  • 2017 Air strike on hotel in Yemen capital Sanaa by Saudi-led coalition leaves at least 30 dead
  • 2017 US Navy fires Vice Admiral Joseph Aucoin as commander of the Seventh Fleet following series of collisions in Asian waters
  • 2017 India toll from swine flu rises above 1000 for the year, 22,186 cases reported
  • 2017 Nearly 60 million people in the Indus Valley, Pakistan at risk from arsenic in research published in "Science Advances"

Music History

2018 Tenor Plácido Domingo sings his 150th opera role in Bizet’s “The Pearl Fishers” at the Salzburg Festival, Austria

  • 2019 Russia launches the 1st floating nuclear power station the Akademik Lomonosov from port of Murmansk
  • 2020 British Open Women's Golf, Royal Troon GC: Sophia Popov of Germany claims her first Tour title by 2 strokes from Thailand's Jasmine Suwannapura; at #304, lowest ranked player to win a major

Sports History

2020 UEFA Champions League Final, Lisbon: Kingsley Coman heads German giants Bayern Munich to the club's 6th crown in a 1-0 win over Paris St-Germain

  • 2020 President Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway announces she is stepping away from the White House for family reasons

Republican Party

2020 US Republican party convention begins by formally renominating Donald Trump for a second presidential term

  • 2020 Indianapolis 500: 2017 champion Takuma Sato of Japan wins his 2nd title under yellow caution flag after a crash with 3 laps remaining

Historic Event

2020 US black man Jacob Blake shot and injured by police in front of his children in Kenosha, Wisconsin, prompting violent protests

  • 2021 US Food and Drug Administration grants full approval to Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for people 16 and over. First vaccine to move past emergency-use status in the US.
  • 2021 Video evidence of a Seychelles giant tortoise hunting and eating a bird revealed for the first time, tortoises previously thought to be herbivores [1]