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August 23rd In Pop Culture History

79 - Mount Vesuvius began stirring, on the feast day of Vulcan, the Roman god of fire.

1305 - Sir William Wallace was executed for high treason at Smithfield in London.

1775 - King George III delivered his 'Proclamation of Rebellion to the Court of St. James's' stating that the American colonies have proceeded to a state of open and avowed rebellion.

1913 - The Little Mermaid statue was dedicated in the harbor of Copenhagen, Denmark

1948 - World Council of Churches was formed.

1965 - The Sound of Music was released, starring Julie Andrews

1966 - Lunar Orbiter 1 took the first photograph of Earth from orbit around the Moon.

1969 - #1 Hit August 23, 1969 - September 19, 1969: The Rolling Stones - Honky Tonk Women

1973 - A bank robbery gone wrong in Stockholm, Sweden, turns into a hostage crisis; over the next five days the hostages begin to sympathize with their captors, leading to the term "Stockholm syndrome".

1975 - #1 Hit August 23, 1975 - August 29, 1975: Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds - Fallin' in Love

1991 - Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web opened the WWW to new users.

1996- The Price Is Right celebrated its 25th anniversary special on CBS

1998 - That 70's show premiered on FOX

August 23, 2000 (fiction) Los Angeles was destroyed by a major earthquake, Escape From L.A., Film

2007 - The skeletal remains of Russia's last royal family members Alexei Nikolaevich, Tsarevich of Russia, and his sister Grand Duchess Anastasia were discovered near Yekaterinburg, Russia.

2008 - #1 Hit August 23, 2008 - September 5, 2008: Rihanna - Disturbia

2011 (Earthquake) Virginia/East Coast, USA

Celebrity Birthdays

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Gene Kelly (1912)
Rick Springfield (1949)
Kobe Bryant (1978)
Rudy Lewis (1936-1964, Age 27)
Keith Moon (1946)
Julian Casablancas (1978)
Barbara Eden (1934)
River Phoenix (1970)
Malvina Reynolds (1900)
Louis XVI (1754)
The first commercial ballpoint pens were sold in 1945 for $12.00 and sold by László Bíró. John J. Loud sort-of invented them in 1888, but they didn't work well enough for writing.


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