What happened on the 23rd of August in History?

Good afternoon everyone!

I hope you are all keeping well & are having a lovely start to the week!

Have you ever thought about what has happened throughout history on any given day? Do you ever consider all of the incredible events that could have taken place on that day? Does learning more about the past interest you?

Well, I had some of those thoughts today, so I decided to do a bit of digging to find out what happened on the 23rd of August throughout history. Are you interested in what I found out? Okay, let’s take a closer look at this in today’s blog!

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Today is Monday the 23rd of August 2021, one of the thousands of August 23rd’s throughout history. Do you ever wonder what happened on this day over the years? As it happens, quite a lot happened on this day, from famous births to a famous execution, the end of a famous Ottoman battle & so much more!

Famous Births

August the 23rd has seen countless famous birthdays over the years. Some of these famous faces include:

American actor, dancer, singer & filmmaker Gene Kelly, who was born on August 23rd 1912

Baron Georges Cuvier, who is commonly referred to as the “founding father of Palaeontology”, was born on 23rd August 1769

Professional Basketball legend Kobe Bryant, who was born on August 23rd 1978

Famous Execution

August 23rd 1305 is a date that will be remembered throughout history, as the day that the Scottish Rebel William Wallace was executed in London for treason. Wallace’s story is renowned throughout the ages, with one of the most famous portrayals being by Mel Gibson in Braveheart. Braveheart paved the way for the famous Freedom Speech, which can be seen below:

If you would like to find out a little bit more about William Wallace, feel free to check out the song below, taken from the tv show Horrible Histories, which I used to love watching when I was growing up:

The Victory of the Ottomans

On the 23rd of August 1514, the Ottomans defeated the Safavids of Iran at the Battle of Chāldirān. The rise of the Ottoman Empire is such an interesting topic, with their empire existing for over 200 years, I always love learning more about it! If you would like to find out more about the Ottoman’s, be sure to check out this awesome summarised version about their rise by the Youtube Channel History Matters.

So, there we have it! Those were some of the coolest things that I found had happened throughout history on the 23rd of August. Of course, there are so many more things that happened on this day, but I thought I’d handpick some of my favourite finds for today’s blog! If you would be interested in finding out more, be sure to check out this website by Britannica.

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