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August 23 in History

Update: August, 23/2012 - 09:23

 

1754

Birth of Louis XVI (died 1793), King of France from 1774-92, whose reign ended in the French Revolution.

1821

Mexico is declared independent from Spain by Treaty of Aquala.

1839

Hong Kong is taken by the British in a war with China. It was returned to China in 1997.

1907

Death of Dao Tan (born 1845), Vietnamese playwright, actor, director, poet and stage theorist. One of the greatest Vietnamese actors in the 19th century, he left hundreds of poems, 30 tuong (classical operas) and Hi Truong Tuy But – a collection of his writings on theatre.

1913

Copenhagen's famous landmark, The Little Mermaid, is unveiled at the entrance of the harbour.

1914

Japan declares war on Germany. In one of the worst atrocities of the First World War, German troops executed over 600 people in the Belgium town of Dinant, then sacked and burnt the town; British forces were forced to retreat at the Battle of Mons.

1968

In the American War, Vietnamese liberation forces win a major victory against the Americans around Da Nang City, inflicting over 1,200 casualties.

2000

A Gulf Air Airbus A320 crashes into the shallow Persian Gulf waters after circling and trying to land in Bahrain, killing all 143 people aboard.

2003

John Geoghan, a former Roman Catholic priest whose January 2002 sexual abuse conviction sparked a widespread abuse scandal in the Catholic church, is beaten and strangled to death in prison.— AP/REUTERS

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