Historical Events on August 23 (Part 2)

  • 2012 At least 30 are killed as a result of monsoon rain in Rajasthan, India
  • 2012 Four people are killed and 28 injured in a hot air ballooning accident in Slovenia
  • 2013 26 people are killed and 55 are injured by a suicide bombing in Baghdad, Iraq
  • 2013 50 people are killed in mosque bombings in Tripoli, Lebanon
  • 2013 UN inspectors are stopped by Syrian government from investigating a reported site of a chemical massacre
  • 2015 12 year old boy trips and rips 17th-century painting "Flowers" by Paolo Porpora worth $1.5m at exhibition in Taiwan

Canadian Women's Open

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

  • 2015 Destruction by IS of the 1st century AD temple of Baalshamin in ancient ruins of Palmyra confirmed by Syrian officials
  • 2015 English Indycar driver Justin Wilson suffers a head injury during a race crash at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania
  • 2017 Air strike on hotel in Yemen capital Sanaa by Saudi-led coalition leaves at least 30 dead
  • 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"
  • 2017 US Navy fires Vice Admiral Joseph Aucoin as commander of the Seventh Fleet following series of collisions in Asian waters
  • 2017 World's driest place, the Atacama desert in Chile blooms after unexpected rainfall

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
  • 2020 Indianapolis 500: 2017 champion Takuma Sato of Japan wins his 2nd title under yellow caution flag after a crash with 3 laps remaining
  • 2020 President Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway announces she is stepping away from the White House for family reasons

UEFA Champions League Final

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

Event of Interest

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

Donald Trump Renominated

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

  • 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]

Najib goes to Jail

2022 Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak begins a 12-year prison sentence for money laundering, after the High Court rejects his final appeal [1]

  • 2022 In US domestic terrorism case two men found guilty of plotting to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Witmer [1]

Super Freaky Girl

2022 Nicki Minaj's single "Super Freaky Girl" debuts at #1; first female rapper to do so since Lauren Hill in 1998 with "Doo Wop (That Thing)" [1]

  • 2023 At least 26 people killed after a railway bridge under construction collapses near Indian town of Sairang, Mizoram state [1]
  • 2023 Greek wildfires claim 20 lives, including 18 migrants try to cross the border from Turkey [1]
  • 2023 India's Chandrayaan-3 lunar mission is the first to land at the Moon's southern pole successfully, and the fourth country to ever land on the Moon [1]

Plane Crash

2023 Yevgeny Prigozhin, head of the Wagner mercenary group, reported killed along with 9 others in a plane crash northwest of Moscow, according to Russian Federal Air Transport Agency