Everything that happened on 23 August is highlighted in the blog below. 

What were the major events and challenges of this day? Who all gave their contribution?

History – International


1305 – Scottish Patriot was hanged

Scottish patriot William Wallace was hanged, drawn, beheaded, and quartered in London.

1541 – Cartier community

Jacques Cartier landed near Quebec on his third voyage to North America and established a short-lived community there.

1553 – Admiral beheaded

John Dudley, the Duke of Northumberland, English Lord Admiral, premier (1551-53), was beheaded on Tower Hill in front of 10,000 onlookers.

1775 – Refusal of American Colonies

Britain’s King George III refused the American colonies’ offer of peace and proclaimed the American colonies in a state of “open and avowed rebellion.”

1784 – Eastern Tennessee named Franklin

Eastern Tennessee settlers declared their area an independent state and named it Franklin; a year later the Continental Congress rejected it.

Read more: What happened on 22 August? History and famous personalities

Births- International

Poet Fulvio Testi

On August 23, 1593, Fulvio Testi was an Italian diplomat and poet who was recognized as one of the main exponents of 17th-century Italian Baroque literature.

King Louis XVI

On August 23, 1754, Louis XVI, King of France, was born at Versailles. During the French Revolution, he met his fate at the guillotine.

US General Jonathan Wainwright

On August 23, 1883, Jonathan Wainwright, U.S. general took birth who fought against the Japanese on Corregidor in the Philippines and was forced to surrender.

Biologist Albert Claude

On August 23, 1899, Albert Claude, biologist, was born in Belgium. He never graduated from high school still won the 1974 Nobel for his work on the sub-structure of the cell.

Footballer Sonny Jurgensen

Born on August 23, 1934, Sonny Jurgensen, professional football player and sports announcer was born in North Carolina.

History – Indian


2002 – Pakistan attacks Kashmir

On August 23, 2002, Pakistan accused India of launching an air attack on northern Kashmir.

2005 – Employment scheme

On August 23, 2005, 36 India’s Lok Sabha approved legislation which seeks to guarantee 100 days of employment a year to every rural household across the country.

2005 – Building Collapsed in Mumbai

On August 23, 2005, In India an apartment building collapse in downtown Bombay killed 11 people, injured 17 and left more than a dozen trapped under the rubble.

2006 – Truck overturned due to monsoon

On August 23, 2006, in western India 17 people were killed when a truck overturned and fell into a deep ditch. Victims were sitting on top of sacks of salt that the truck was transporting when it overturned into a ditch flooded from recent monsoon rains.

Births- Indian

Actress Vaani Kapoor

On August 23, 1988, Vaani Kapoor is an Indian actress known for her work in Hindi films produced by Yash Raj Films.

Actress Saira Banu

On August 23, 1944, Saira Banu, an Indian film actress took birth. She is married to film actor Dilip Kumar.

Politician Bhupesh Baghel

On August 23, 1961, Bhupesh Baghel took birth. He is an Indian politician serving as the third and current Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh.

Singer Krishnkumar Kunnath (KK)

On August 23, 1970, Krishnakumar Kunnath is an Indian singer. He has been a prominent singer in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Bengali and Gujarati languages films.

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