Today in History
What happened today in history?
Today is August 23. A chronological timetable of historical events that occurred today in history. Historical facts of the day in the areas of military, politics, science, music, sports, arts, entertainment and more. Discover what happened this day in history.
This day in History
Libyan leader Muammar al-Gaddafi is overthrown after National Transitional Council forces take control of Bab al-Azizia compound during the 2011 Libyan Civil War.
A 5.8 earthquake centered at Mineral, Virginia, damages the Washington Monument, forcing the landmark to close for repairs.
Natascha Kampusch, abducted at the age of 10 in Austria, escapes from her captor, Wolfgang Priklopil, after 8 years of captivity.
Osama bin Laden issues message entitled “A declaration of war against the Americans occupying the land of the two holy places.”
Armenia declares independence from USSR.
East and West Germany announce they will unite on Oct 3.
Iranian army opens offensive against Kurds.
Bolshoi Ballet dancer Alexander Godunov defects in New York City.
Bryan Allen, piloting the Gossamer Condor, wins the Kremer prize for the first human-powered aircraft to fly a one-mile, figure-eight course.
Pathet Lao communists occupy Vientiane, Laos.
Lunar Orbiter 1 takes first photograph of Earth from the moon.
Belgium sends troops to Rwanda-Urundi during bloody Tutsi-Hutu conflict.
The Second Taiwan Strait crisis begins: People’s Liberation Army bombards island of Quemoy during Chinese Civil War.
First flight of the C-130 Hercules transport aircraft.
Arab League security pact linking seven Arab States in a military, political and economic alliance goes into effect.
Up to 77,000 members of the U.S. Army Organized Reserve Corps are called involuntarily to active duty to fight the Korean War.
German SS engineers begin placing explosive charges around the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
German forces begin an assault on the major Soviet industrial city of Stalingrad.
Joseph Stalin and German Foreign Minister Joachim von Ribbentrop sign a non-aggression pact between the Soviet Union and Germany, freeing Adolf Hitler to invade Poland and Stalin to invade Finland.
Immigrant laborers Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti are executed for a robbery they did not commit. Fifty years later, in 1977, Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis establishes a memorial in the victims’ honor.
American film star Rudolph Valentino dies, causing world-wide hysteria and a number of suicides.
The Emperor of Japan declares war on Germany.
Fanny Farmer, among the first to emphasize the relationship of diet to health, opens her School of Cookery in Boston.
Booker T. Washington forms the National Negro Business League in Boston, Massachusetts.
Union batteries cease their first bombardment of Fort Sumter, leaving it a mass of rubble but still unconquered by the Northern besiegers.
After 11 years of war, Spain grants Mexican independence as a constitutional monarchy.
King George III of England refuses the American colonies’ offer of peace and declares them in open rebellion.
A British attempt to invade Canada by sea fails.
Jacques Cartier lands near Quebec on his third voyage to North America.
Scottish patriot William Wallace is hanged, drawn, beheaded, and quartered in London.
Turks expel the crusaders under Frederick II from Jerusalem.