On This Day In History, 23 August


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World Events Today

  • The Scottish knight William Wallace, one of the main leaders during the First War of Scottish Independence, was hanged, drawn, and quartered today in 1305 in Smithfield, London
  • Albert Bridge, a road bridge over the River Thames in London which connects Chelsea in the north to Battersea in the south, was opened today in 1873
  • NASA’s Lunar Orbiter 1 took the first photo of Earth from the moon’s orbit today in 1966

Entertainment Events Today

  • The first movie version of The Big Sleep, starring Humphrey Bogart, was released today in 1946
  • The Beatles released the single She Loves You in the United Kingdom today in 1963, it went on to become one of their best-selling singles ever
  • Two years after they fought in the ring for the Heavyweight title, the American boxers Mike Tyson and Mitch Green got into a street brawl today in 1988

Family Events Today

  • Eugene Curran Kelly, better known as the American dancer and actor Gene Kelly, who starred in many movies, including Singing in the Rain and An American in Paris, was born today in 1912 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • The English drummer Keith Moon, member of the legendary rock band The Who, was born today in 1946 in Middlesex
  • The American actor Brad Pitt married the American actress Angelina Jolie today in 2014

Main Event Today

  • The Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, officially the Treaty of Non-Aggression between Germany and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, was signed today in 1939

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Sponge Cake Day

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