On This Day

On This Day in History for August 23 (Part 2)

Events in History

  • 1975 Classical Way wins Championship Cup at Roosevelt Raceway
  • 1975 Communists take over Laos
  • 1975 Ethiopian junta under Mengistu Haile
  • 1975 Philip Kapleau conducts 1st jukai ceremony in Poland
  • 1975 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • 1976 Heavy earthquake strikes China, 1,000s die
  • 1977 1st man-powered flight of a mile (Bryan Allen in Gossamer Condor)
  • 1977 Marxist philosopher Rudolf Bahro imprisoned in German DR
  • 1978 Iranian students occupies Iranian embassy at Wassenaar
  • 1979 Iranian army opens offensive against Kurds
  • 1979 UN's Vienna office opens
  • 1982 Lebanese falangist leader Bechir Gemayel elected as president
  • 1982 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1985 Said Aouita of Morocco sets 1.5k record (3:29.46) in Berlin
  • 1985 South African attorney/UDF leader "Dulah" Omar arrested
  • 1985 West German top counter espionage Hans Tiedge moves to German DR

  • 1987 15-year old boy hijacks KLM B737, demands $1 billion
  • 1987 Violent rainfall/floods in Bangladesh, kills 100s
  • 1989 Lewis, Everett, Burrell and Heard run world record 4x200 m (1:19.38)
  • 1990 Armenia declares independence
  • 1990 East & West Germany announced that they would unite on Oct 3
  • 1990 US begins call up of 46,000 reservists to the Persian Gulf
  • 1992 Wilhelm Verwoerd, grandson of former South African Prime Minister, Hendrik Verwoerd, main architect of apartheid, joins the African National Congress
  • 1993 NY Dow Jones index reaches record high of 3,638.96 points
  • 1995 Indians' Jose Mesa sets record with his 38th consecutive save

BattleDeclaration of War

1996 Osama bin Laden issues message entitled "A declaration of war against the Americans occupying the land of the two holy places"

Islamic Militant and Terrorist Osama bin Laden
Islamic Militant and Terrorist
Osama bin Laden
  • 2000 A Gulf Air Airbus A320 crashes into the Persian Gulf near Manama, Bahrain, killing 143.
  • 2000 Nicaragua becomes a member of the Berne Convention copyright treaty. This essentially deprecated the Buenos Aires Convention treaty, because as of this date, all members of the BA Convention were also signatories to Berne.

Historic DiscoveryHurricane Katrina

2005 Hurricane Katrina forms over the Bahamas, later becoming a category 5 hurricane

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A section of New Orleans, Louisiana is flooded after Hurricane Katrina in 2005
A section of New Orleans, Louisiana is flooded after Hurricane Katrina in 2005
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  • 2005 TANS Peru Flight 204 crashes near Pucallpa, Peru, killing 41.
  • 2006 Natascha Kampusch, who was abducted at the age of 10, managed to escape from her captor Wolfgang Priklopil, after 8 years of captivity.
  • 2007 Hashtag invented and first used in a tweet by US product designer Chris Messina
  • 2010 Manila hostage crisis, which occurred at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila, where a dismissed police officer took hostage a tour bus full of Chinese nationals.
  • 2011 5.8 earthquake occurs in Mineral, Virginia felt as far north as Ontario and as far south as Atlanta, Georgia

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2011 Libyan leader Muammar al-Gaddafi is overthrown after the National Transitional Council forces take control of Bab al-Azizia compound during the 2011 Libyan Civil War.

Libyan Revolutionary and Authoritarian Leader Muammar Gaddafi
Libyan Revolutionary and Authoritarian Leader
Muammar Gaddafi
  • 2012 Four people are killed and 28 injured in a hot air ballooning accident in Slovenia

  • 2012 At least 30 are killed as a result of monsoon rain in Rajasthan, India
  • 2013 50 people are killed in mosque bombings in Tripoli, Lebanon
  • 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 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
  • 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"
  • 2019 Russia launches the 1st floating nuclear power station the Akademik Lomonosov from port of Murmansk
  • 2020 President Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway announces she is stepping away from the White House for family reasons

<b>Republican</b> PartyRepublican Party

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

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Victim of Police Brutality Jacob Blake
Victim of Police Brutality
Jacob Blake

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