1500s / 16th century history on the 23rd of August
1541 : Jacques Cartier, the French explorer, arrived near Quebec City, on his 3rd sailing voyage to Canada, from France.
1900s / 20th century history on the 23rd of August
1904 : Snow chains for the automobile tyre were patented.
1912 : Gene Kelly, the American actor and dancer, was born Eugene Curran Kelly, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA (died in 1996 aged 83).
1946 : Keith Moon, the English drummer, was born in Wembley, Middlesex, England (died in 1978 aged 32). He was best known as the drummer in The Who rock band. Official website : TheWho.com
1949 : Shelley Long, the American actress, was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA. She is best known for playing Diane Chambers on the Cheers television sitcom show, from 1982 to 1987, and in 1993.
1949 : Rick Springfield, the Australian-American singer-songwriter and actor, was born Richard Lewis Springthorpe, in Guildford, New South Wales, Australia. Official website : RickSpringfield.com
1954 : Lockheed C-130 Hercules 4 engine turboprop military transport aircraft had its first flight.
1966 : Lunar Orbiter 1 took the 1st photograph of Earth, while it was orbiting around the Moon.
1966 : Wave Hill walk-off by the Gurindji people in Australia, started. The Gurindji strike by 200 Gurindji stockmen, house servants and their families, lasted 9 years, until 1975, and it became a landmark event in the history of Indigenous land rights in Australia. The event was commemorated by the song “From Little Things Big Things Grow“, which was written by Paul Kelly and Kev Carmody, in 1991.
1970 : River Phoenix, the American actor was born River Jude Bottom, in Madras, Oregon, USA (died in 1993 aged 23).
1973 : Norrmalmstorg bank robbery and hostage crisis in Stockholm, Sweden, started, and lasted for 5 days. The hostages started to sympathise with their captors, which became the origin of the term “Stockholm syndrome“.
1978 : Kobe Bryant, the American basketball player was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA (died in 2020 aged 41).
1991 : The World Wide Web was opened up for use by the public. About the World Wide Web ~ Azoosh.com
2000s / 21st century history on the 23rd of August
2000 : Gulf Air Flight 072 Airbus A320 crashed into the Persian Gulf in Bahrain. The crashed resulted in the deaths of all the 143 people on board the aircraft.
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