ON THIS DAY: August 23, 2017

August 23rd is

Spongecake Day

National Ride the Wind Day *

Valentino Day *

International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade & Its Abolition *


MORE!  Arnold Toynbee, Malvina Reynolds and Mahatma Gandhi, click



Angola – General Elections Day

Argentina – Buenos Aires:
Tango Festival y Mundial

Lithuania – Black Ribbon Day
(for victims of totalitarianism)

Ukraine – National Flag Day


On This Day in HISTORY

30 – Octavian executes Cleopatra’s son by Julius Caesar and Mark Antony’s eldest son

1305 – Sir William Wallace is executed for treason at Smithfield in London

1524 – François Hotman born, French Protestant lawyer and legal scholar, writer, humanist, opposed absolute monarchy, labeled “one of the first modern revolutionaries”

1614 – University of Groningen is established in the Dutch Republic

1628 – George Villiers, first Duke of Buckingham, stabbed to death by John Felton

1754 – French King Louis XVI born, destined to be sentenced to the guillotine and executed during the French Revolution

1769 – Georges Cuvier born, French major figure in natural sciences, zoologist and pioneer in comparative anatomy and vertebrate paleontology; early proponent of catastrophism in geology, his work helped establish extinction as fact

1817 – Emily Chubbuck Judson born, author and poet under pen-names Fanny Forrester and Emily Judson; married missionary and went to Burma

1838 – First graduating class from Mount Holyoke Female Seminary, South Hadley MA, one of the earliest colleges for women

1843 – Lillie Hitchcock Coit born, ‘Firebelle Lil’ was wealthy socialite fascinated by firefighting, who became a mascot as a teen, and then an honorary member of Engine Company No. 5, often riding along to fires, sometimes scandalously wearing trousers, or when the engine company was in a parade; she left one-third of her estate to the City of San Francisco, which used the bequest to build the landmark Coit Tower, and place a statue of three firefighters in Washington Square Park

1847 – Sarah Frances Whiting born, American physicist and astronomer; established the physics department and experimental lab at Wellesley as its first physics professor; author of a physic textbook and numerous articles for Popular Astronomy

1849 – William Ernest Henley born, English poet and editor, remembered for “Invictus”

1852 – Arnold Toynbee born, English economist, historian, author and social reformer; 12-volume A Study of History; he helped establish public libraries in East London, and encouraged his students to offer free classes for the working poor; Toynbee Hall, a settlement house still active today, is named for him

1854 – Moritz Moszkowski born, Polish composer

1868 – Edgar Lee Masters born, American poet and novelist; Spoon River Anthology

1871 – Jack Butler Yeats born, Irish artist; Ireland’s first Olympic medalist, a silver for his painting Swimming, in the arts and culture segment of the 1924 Paris games; brother of poet William Butler Yeats

The Learner by Jack Butler Yeats, 1929

1891 – Roy Agnew born, Australian composer and pianist

1898 – Southern Cross Expedition leaves London bound for the Antarctic. First expedition to over-winter on Antarctic mainland, pioneered use of dogs and sledges

1900 – Malvina Reynolds born, American singer-songwriter and political activist, known for songs “Little Boxes” and “What Have They Done to the Rain”

1900 – Ernst Krenek born in Austria, son of a Czech soldier, American composer

1902 – Fannie Farmer opens Miss Farmer’s School of Cookery in Boston MA

1905 – Constant Lambert born, English composer and conductor

1908 – Hannah Frank born to Russian Jewish immigrants, Scottish artist and sculptor

1912 – Gene Kelly born, innovative American dancer, actor, director-choreographer

1926 – Silent film idol Rudolf Valentino dies at age 31 because of a ruptured ulcer. Thousands mourn.  Valentino Day * honors the anniversary of his death

1927 – Anarchists Sacco and Vanzetti executed in spite of worldwide pleas for pardon

1933 – Mahatma Gandhi released from jail in Poona, India, after a one-week hunger strike

1938 – Frank Capra’s movie You Can’t Take It With You starring James Stewart debuts

1944 – Antonia Coello Novello born, Puerto Rican physician and public health administrator, first woman appointed Surgeon General of the United States, vice admiral in the Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, Commissioner of Health for the State of New York

1947 – Keith Moon, drummer for The Who, is born

1948 – World Council of Churches, a global fellowship of Christian churches, is formed

1954 – First Flight of C-130 Hercules aircraft

1962 – U.S. Telstar relays first live broadcast between U.S. and Europe

1973 – Stockholm, Sweden, bank robbery hostage crisis lasts 5 days, term “Stockholm syndrome” is coined to describe hostages sympathy with their captors

1977 – National Ride the Wind Day * commemorates Paul MacCready’s Gossamer Condor-2, piloted by cyclist Bryan Allen, winning the Kremer prize for human-powered flight, flying a figure-eight course at 11 mph, for a distance of 2, 172 meters

1989 – Singing Revolution: two million from Estonia Latvia and Lithuania join hands on the Vilnius-Talinn road

1996 – President Clinton imposed limits peddling cigarettes to minors

1998 – UNESCO adopts resolution establishing International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition * in honor of the successful Haitian slave uprising which played a crucial role in abolishing the transatlantic slave trade

2011 – Magnitude 5.8 (moderate) earthquake in Virginia causes an estimated $200 million–$300 million in damages to monuments and structures in Washington DC


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