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August 23rd, 2006 (August 23 2006)EventNatascha Kampusch, who was abducted at the age of 10, managed to escape from her captor Wolfgang Priklopil, after 8 years of captivity.
August 23rd, 2005 (August 23 2005)EventTANS Peru Flight 204 crashes near Pucallpa, Peru, killing 41.
August 23rd, 2000 (August 23 2000)EventA Gulf Air Airbus A320 crashes into the Persian Gulf near Manama, Bahrain, killing 143.
August 23rd, 2000 (August 23 2000)EventNicaragua 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.
August 23rd, 1996 (August 23 1996)EventOsama bin Laden issues message entitled A declaration of war against the Americans occupying the land of the two holy places. Osama bin Laden Quotes
August 23rd, 1990 (August 23 1990)EventSaddam Hussein appears on Iraqi state television with a number of Western "guests" (actually hostages) to try to prevent the Gulf War.Saddam Hussein Quotes
August 23rd, 1990 (August 23 1990)EventArmenia declares its independence from the Soviet Union.
August 23rd, 1990 (August 23 1990)EventWest Germany and East Germany announce that they will unite on October 3.
August 23rd, 1989 (August 23 1989)EventSinging Revolution: two million people from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania stand on the Vilnius-Tallinn road, holding hands (Baltic Way).
August 23rd, 1989 (August 23 1989)EventAll of Australia s 1,645 domestic airline pilots resign after the airlines threaten to fire them and sue them over a dispute.
August 23rd, 1985 (August 23 1985)EventHans Tiedge, top counter-spy of West Germany, defects to East Germany.
August 23rd, 1982 (August 23 1982)EventBachir Gemayel is elected Lebanese President amidst the raging civil war.
August 23rd, 1979 (August 23 1979)EventMount Vesuvius begins stirring, on the feast day of Vulcan, the Roman god of fire.
August 23rd, 1979 (August 23 1979)EventSoviet dancer Alexander Godunov defects to the United States.
August 23rd, 1977 (August 23 1977)EventThe Gossamer Condor wins the Kremer prize for human powered flight.
August 23rd, 1975 (August 23 1975)EventSuccessful Communist coup in Laos.
August 23rd, 1973 (August 23 1973)EventThe Intelsat communication satellite is launched.
August 23rd, 1966 (August 23 1966)EventLunar Orbiter 1 takes the first photograph of Earth from orbit around the Moon.
August 23rd, 1962 (August 23 1962)EventFirst live television connection between the United States and Europe, via the Telstar satellite.
August 23rd, 1958 (August 23 1958)EventChinese Civil War: The Second Taiwan Strait crisis begins with the People s Liberation Army s bombardment of Quemoy.
August 23rd, 1954 (August 23 1954)EventFirst flight of the C-130 Hercules transport aircraft.
August 23rd, 1952 (August 23 1952)EventThe Arab League is formed.
August 23rd, 1948 (August 23 1948)EventWorld Council of Churches is formed.
August 23rd, 1946 (August 23 1946)EventOrdinance No. 46 of the British Military Government constitutes the German Land (state) of Schleswig-Holstein.
August 23rd, 1944 (August 23 1944)EventWorld War II: Marseille liberated.
August 23rd, 1944 (August 23 1944)EventWorld War II King Michael of Romania dismisses the pro-Nazi government of General Antonescu, who is arrestedied in Romania switches sides from the Axis to the Allies.
August 23rd, 1944 (August 23 1944)EventFreckleton Air DisasterA United States Army Air Forces B-24 Liberator bomber crashes into a school in Freckleton, England killing 61 people.
August 23rd, 1943 (August 23 1943)EventWorld War II: Kharkov liberated.
August 23rd, 1942 (August 23 1942)EventWorld War II: Beginning of the Battle of Stalingrad.
August 23rd, 1942 (August 23 1942)EventWorld War II: The last cavalry charge in history takes place at Izbushensky.
August 23rd, 1940 (August 23 1940)EventWorld War II: The Germans start bombing London.
August 23rd, 1939 (August 23 1939)EventWorld War II: Germany and the Soviet Union sign a non-aggression treaty, the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact. In a secret addition to the pact, Baltic states, Finland, Ukraine and Poland are divided between the two nations.
August 23rd, 1929 (August 23 1929)EventHebron Massacre: Arab attack of the Jewish community in the British Mandate of Palestine resulted in 133 Jews killed, 67 in Hebron.
August 23rd, 1923 (August 23 1923)EventCapt. Lowell Smith and Lt. John P. Richter performed the first mid-air refueling on De Havilland DH-4B, setting an endurance flight record of 37 hours.
August 23rd, 1914 (August 23 1914)EventWorld War I: Japan declares war on Germany and bombs Qingdao, China.
August 23rd, 1914 (August 23 1914)EventWorld War I: the Battle of Mons; the British Army begins withdrawal.
August 23rd, 1904 (August 23 1904)EventThe automobile tire chain is patented.
August 23rd, 1896 (August 23 1896)EventFirst Cry of the Philippine Revolution is made in Pugad Lawin (Quezon City), in the province of Manila.
August 23rd, 1889 (August 23 1889)EventFirst wireless message from a ship to the shore received.
August 23rd, 1866 (August 23 1866)EventAustro-Prussian War ends with the Treaty of Prague.
August 23rd, 1864 (August 23 1864)EventThe Union Navy captures Fort Morgan, Alabama, thus breaking Confederate dominance of all ports on the Gulf of Mexico.
August 23rd, 1839 (August 23 1839)EventThe United Kingdom captures Hong Kong as a base as it prepares to war with Qing China. The ensuing 3-year conflict will later be known as the First Opium War.
August 23rd, 1813 (August 23 1813)EventAt the Battle of Grossbeeren, the Prussians under Von Bulow repulse the French army.
August 23rd, 1799 (August 23 1799)EventNapoleon leaves Egypt for France en route to seize power.
August 23rd, 1793 (August 23 1793)EventFrench Revolution: a levee en masse was decreed by the National Convention.
August 23rd, 1784 (August 23 1784)EventWestern North Carolina (now eastern Tennessee) declares itself an independent state under the name of Franklin; it wasn t accepted into the United States, and only lasted for four years.
August 23rd, 1775 (August 23 1775)EventKing George III declares that the American colonies exist in a state of open and avowed rebellion.
August 23rd, 1708 (August 23 1708)EventMeidingnu Pamheiba is crowned King of Manipur.
August 23rd, 1595 (August 23 1595)EventMichael the Brave confronts the Ottoman army in the Battle of Calugareni.
August 23rd, 1555 (August 23 1555)EventCalvinists are granted rights in the Netherlands.
August 23rd, 1541 (August 23 1541)EventFrench explorer Jacques Cartier lands near Quebec City in his third voyage to Canada.
August 23rd, 1328 (August 23 1328)EventBattle of Cassel: French troops stop an uprising of Flemish farmers.
August 23rd, 1305 (August 23 1305)EventWilliam Wallace, Scottish patriot, is executed for high treason by Edward I of England.

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