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Daily Calendar for Wednesday, August 23, 2023


  • King Louis XVI of France –
  • Oliver Perry (naval hero) –
  • Edgar Lee Masters (poet) –
  • Gene Kelly (dancer & actor) –
  • Barbara Eden (actress) –
  • River Phoenix (actor) –
  • Scott Caan (actor) –
  • Kobe Bryant (basketball player) –
  • Mike Yastrzemski (baseball player) –


  • Alexander Wilson (ornithologist) –
  • Oliver Perry (naval hero) –
  • Rudolph Valentino (actor) –
  • Oscar Hammerstein II (lyricist) –
  • Hoyt Wilhelm (baseball player, first relief pitcher ever elected to the baseball hall of fame) –
  • Bobby Bonds (baseball player) –
  • Marion Hargrove (G.I. whose account of Army basic training, See Here, Private Hargrove, became a best seller in 1942 and turned him into a World War II celebrity) –


  • In London, the first one-way street was established–
  • Emmanuel Allen last enslaved person sold in Canada –
  • Fannie Farmer opened a cooking school in Boston, MA–
  • Marseilles liberated–
  • Ranger I lunar probe launched–
  • U.S. Lunar Orbiter 1 took famed photo of Earth from Moon’s orbit–
  • Jenny Thompson swam 100-meter butterfly in 57.88 seconds–
  • An 5.8-magnitude earthquake centered northwest of Richmond, Virginia, caused buildings to be evacuated across Washington, D.C., and New York City. The quake was felt as far south as Chapel Hill, North Carolina.–
  • Two-pound blue lobster caught off Pine Point in Scarborough, Maine–


  • A major hurricane made landfall over Nags Head, North Carolina; tracked into Chesapeake Bay; and had wind gusts up to 88 mph in Norfolk, Virginia–
  • Storm formed that later became Hurricane Katrina–

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