Odoacer proclaimed King of Italy
Abu Bakr, the Upright, 2nd Moslem Caliph, dies1244 expel the crusaders under Frederick II from Jerusalem.
Death of St. Philip Benizi
Scottish patriot William Wallace is hanged, drawn, beheaded, and quartered in London.
Death of Isabella, widow of King Edward II of England
Austrian diplomat Siegmund Freiherr von Herberstein born
Death of Luis de Leon, writer and mystic
Italian poet Fulvio Testi (Pianto d'Italia) born
1st 1-way streets established (London)
A British attempt to invade Canada by sea fails.
Composer Friedrich Hartmann Graf born
Ivan VI, Emperor of Russia 1740-41 born
France's King Louis XVI was born at Versailles. King from (1774-93) eventually guillotined born
French geographer Jean Baptiste Lislet-Geoffroy born
French zoologist Georges Cuvier (La Rgne Animal) born
German philosopher Jakob F Fries born
King George III of England refuses the American colonies' offer of peace and declares them in open rebellion.
American naval hero Oliver Hazard Perry. born
Polish poet Juliusz Slowacki (Trip to H Land) born
Oliver Hazard Perry naval hero, dies on 34th birthday.
One of the first colleges for women, Mount Holyoke Female Seminary in South Hadley, Massachusetts, graduated its first students.
Poet and novelist Edgar Lee Masters born
Composer Alfreds Kalnins born
Dutch painter and graphic artist Louis Schelfhout born
Gen. Jonathan Wainwright, hero of Bataan in World War II born
Composer Gottfried Rudinger born
Dutch actor and playwright Jo Sternheim (Fatherland) born
Ernst Krenek was born in Vienna. Krenek's first and only major success came early, in 1927. "Jonny spielt auf," usually referred to in English as "Johnny Strikes Up the Band," is an opera that uses every musical style from atonality to jazz.
Booker T. Washington forms the National Negro Business League in Boston, Massachusetts.
Cartoonist Ernie Bushmiller (creator of "Nancy") born
Dancer, actor Gene Kelly (Singin' in the Rain, An American in Paris, Anchors Aweigh,The Three Musketeers, Marjorie Morningstar, Inherit the Wind, North and South Book I; director: Singin' in the Rain, Hello, Dolly!, A Guide for the Married Man, The Cheyenne Social Club) born
The Emperor of Japan declares war on Germany.
Singer Tex Williams ( Smoke, Smoke, Smoke [that Cigarette], Shame on You, The Rose of the Alamo, Bluebird on Your Windowsill, Bottom of a Mountain) born
Massachusetts Governor Michael S. Dukakis born
Movie director Robert Mulligan ("Summer of '42") born
Silent film star Rudolph Valentino died in New York at age 31. Italian-born heartthrob Rudolph Valentino died prematurely in New York City of peritonitis.The preeminent male sex symbol of the silent movie era, Rudolf Valentino brought millions of female fans into movie theaters and created Hollywood's prototypical "Latin Lover" character with his suave, passionate performances in films such as the "The Sheik". His funeral brought throngs of adoring women to tears and sent fans into hysteric mourning.
Italian-born anarchists Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti were executed in Boston for the murders of two men during a payroll robbery
(or 1929) Actress Vera Miles (The Wrong Man, Psycho, The FBI Story, Autumn Leaves, Into the Night, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, Sergeant Ryker, Jigsaw, Our Family Business) born
Political satirist Mark Russell born
California Governor Pete Wilson born
Actress Barbara Eden born
Joseph Stalin and German Foreign Minister Joachim von Ribbentrop sign a non-aggression pact between the Soviet Union and Germany, freeing Hitler to invade Poland and Stalin to invade Finland. Less than two years later, Germany launched a blitzkrieg attack on Russia.
Actor Richard Sanders born
Ballet dancer Patricia McBride born
German forces begin an assault on the major Soviet industrial city of Stalingrad. The Krummer Lauf allowed German infantry and motorized artillery units to actually fire around corners.
Former Surgeon General Antonia Novello born
German SS engineers began placing explosive charges around the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Adolf Hitler had decreed that Paris should be left a smoking ruin, but Dietrich von Choltitz thought better of his Fuehrer’s order
The conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic, Leo Borchard, was shot dead at an American checkpoint when his driver ignored an order to halt.
An audience at the Hollywood Bowl heard President Truman's daughter, Margaret, give her first public concert as a singer.
Country singer Rex Allen Junior born
Actress Shelley Long born
Actor-singer Rick Springfield born
Country singer-musician Woody Paul (Riders in the Sky) born
Up to 77,000 members of the U.S. Army Organized Reserve Corps are called involuntarily to active duty to fight the Korean War.
Queen Noor of Jordan born
Actor-producer Mark Hudson (The Hudson Brothers) born
Marie Ashton completes playing piano a female record 133 hours
Broadway librettist Oscar Hammerstein II died in Doylestown, Pennsylvania.
Rock musician Dean DeLeo (Stone Temple Pilots) born
Actor River Phoenix (Running on Empty, Stand By Me, This Thing Called Love, Sneakers, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Little Nikita, The Mosquito Coast, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers) born
The Republican national convention, meeting in Miami Beach, Florida, nominated Vice President Spiro T. Agnew for a second term.
Soviet dancer Alexander Godunov defected while the Bolshoi Ballet was on tour in New York. He died May 18, 1995 at age 45
Beirut Christian leader Beshir Gemayel was elected president of Lebanon. He was assassinated less than one month later and was succeeded by his brother, Amin.
Gaylord Perry was tossed out of a game for throwing an illegal spitball. Perry, pitching for the Seattle Mariners, was given the heave-ho by the home plate umpire in the seventh inning of the game.
South Fork Ranch, the home of the fictitious Ewing clan of the CBS-TV show "Dallas" was sold. The ranch, a 200-acre spread near Dallas, Texas, was to be transformed from a tourist site into a hotel, according to the new owners.
President Reagan accepted the nomination of the Republican national convention in Dallas, declaring the Democrats were "openly committed to increasing your tax burden."
Rev. Jerry Falwell said his statement calling South African Bishop Desmond Tutu a "phony" was a poor choice of words. But Falwell said he still believed Tutu did not speak for the majority of black South Africans.
Gennady Zakharov, a physicist assigned to the United Nations, was arrested by the FBI and charged with espionage. (Zakharov's arrest was followed a week later by the arrest of American journalist Nicholas Daniloff in the Soviet Union.)
Darrell Waltrip became the first race car driver to earn $7 million in a racing career.
It was called a "Union of Great Minds," Robert Jarvik, who invented the artificial heart, and Marilyn Mach vos Savant, who has an IQ of 228, married.
Seven Democratic presidential hopefuls traded gentle barbs at a debate in Des Moines, Iowa, with Massachusetts Governor Michael S. Dukakis repeatedly called upon to defend his claims of economic revival in his state.
Some striking workers in Poland ended a walkout that had begun a week earlier, but 125 miners barricaded themselves in an underground shaft, vowing to stay until they'd won their demands.
In a case that inflamed racial tensions in New York, Yusuf Hawkins, a 16-year-old black youth, was shot dead after he and his friends were confronted by white youths in the Bensonhurst section of Brooklyn.
Iraqi state television showed President Saddam Hussein meeting a group of about 20 Western detainees, telling the group -- whom he described as "guest" -- that they were being held "to prevent the scourge of war."
In the wake of a failed coup by hard-liners in the Soviet Union, President Mikhail S. Gorbachev and Russian President Boris N. Yeltsin acted to strip the Communist Party of its power and take control of the army and the KGB.
Hurricane "Andrew" slammed into the Bahamas with 120 mile-an-hour winds.
Three people were killed when their truck was struck at a railroad crossing by an Amtrak passenger train in Wallingford, Connecticut.
James A. Baker the Third bowed out as Secretary of State after three and a-half years to become White House chief of staff.
Los Angeles police confirmed that pop star Michael Jackson was the subject of a criminal investigation.
Former Detroit police officers Larry Nevers and Walter Budzyn were convicted of second-degree murder in the fatal beating of black motorist Malice Green (however, both convictions were later overturned; Budzyn was subsequently convicted of involuntary manslaughter in a retrial and sentenced to time already served; Nevers was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in May, 2000. He was sentenced to 7-15 years in prison. In March, 2003 this conviction was overturned by the State Appeals Court, but in September, 2003, the State Supreme Court upheld that conviction. During this process Nevers was treated for lung cancer, and was released in 2001 to serve the rest of his sentence at home)
Republican senators threatened to thwart a $30 billion anti-crime bill unless Democrats accepted changes in the House-passed measure; President Clinton appealed for bipartisan cooperation.
During a memorial service at Fort Myer, Va., President Clinton eulogized three U.S. diplomats killed in a road accident near Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and vowed to carry on the struggle for peace in the Balkans.
Life magazine photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt died on Martha's Vineyard at age 96.
President Clinton imposed limits on peddling cigarettes to children as he unveiled Food and Drug Administration regulations declaring nicotine an addictive drug.
A jury in Indianapolis found cigarette companies were not responsible for the lung cancer death of a 52-year-old lawyer who began smoking at age five.
In his weekly radio address, President Clinton said he would ask Congress to renew his authority for speedy negotiation of trade agreements, saying the "fast track" approach was needed to make US companies more competitive worldwide.
Boris Yeltsin again dismissed the Russian government, replacing his 36-year-old prime minister, Sergei Kiriyenko, with the Soviet-style leader he'd fired five months earlier, Viktor Chernomyrdin.
Fifty years after the German government moved to the capital of Bonn, Berlin reclaimed its role as a center of power in Germany with the arrival of Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder.
The Dow Jones industrial average soared 199.15 to a new record of 11,209.84.
Hiker missing from US state of Utah wilderness found in Australia
New Zealand general election: National, Labour TV debate
Massive floods in Bavaria, Austria, Switzerland
Religious broadcaster Pat Robertson calls for assassination of Venezuela's president
UK guinea pig farm to close after owner's family grave robbed
Indiana senator testing waters for 2008 U.S. presidential bid
Israel completes Gaza strip, West Bank pull-outs
Australian current affairs TV program accused of inciting religious hatred
Canada considers trade retaliation against the U.S.
Thousands expected to protest at Forbes Global CEO conference in Sydney
Lance Armstrong accused of EPO doping
Draft constitution pushed into Iraqi parliament
Officials of Fanmi Lavalas party threaten boycott
'Piano Man' speaks and is identified, returns home to Germany
Archaeologists find 1.8M-year-old Homo erectus skull
Australia to subsidise Herceptin for early-stage breast cancer
Bobby Robson to undergo cancer surgery
New Zealand Governor-General sworn in
Amnesty International accuses Israel of "war crimes" in Lebanon
Woman and man arrested over multiple deaths
Thousands watch Boobs on Bikes parade in Auckland
Bobby Robson recovering from operation
Disease outbreak feared after mass hysteria over "sweet" water in Mumbai
Forest fire in Chalkidiki peninsula causes political tension in Greece
US Box Office Breaks Out for August 23, 2006
Pakistani-born Australian sentenced to 20 years over terrorism offences
Karr waives extradition, will face charges in Colorado
Canadian soldier kills 10 year old Afghan boy
Tottenham comfortably beat Sheffield United 2-0
12 arrested after India-bound flight escorted back to Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport
Virgin opens up service in New Zealand
New fossils from 10 million year old ape found in Ethiopia
Scottish archaeology student discovers 5,000 year old chewing gum in Finland
FIFA U-17 World Cup: Ghana vs. Germany
Salvage operation begins to retrieve black boxes from Adam Air Flight 574
Utah mine co-owner: this will be the last chance for the missing miners
Two arrests made over Croxteth shooting
U.S. heat wave kills at least 50
US candidate Barack Obama announces Joe Biden as his running mate via text message
Calls for bottled water bans grow in Canada
Small plane crashes in Utah, USA killing all aboard
First ObamaâBiden campaign rally held in Illinois, United States
Olympic highlights: August 23, 2008
Pakistan's President Musharraf resigns; new elections to be held
Director of design for the 2010 Winter Olympics dies suddenly at 40
Greece wildfires force thousands to evacuate
Over 100 Shiite rebels killed in Yemen, government says
Afghan election rival accuses incumbent Karzai of vote rigging
Australian offshore drilling rig leaks oil, could take weeks to plug
Tropical Storm Danielle forms in Atlantic Ocean
German director Christoph Schlingensief dies at age 49
Lou Piniella retires after fifty years of baseball
Australian federal election 2010: Parliament hung
Former Yugoslavian footballer Stjepan Bobek dies aged 86
Former Wikileaks employee destroys unpublished leaked documents
Pakistan government must investigate killings and abductions of journalists, says UN
New York executive files $60 million libel lawsuit over insurance scandal
Social networks asked to visit UK Home Office after riots
Magnitude 5.8 earthquake in Virginia felt up and down U.S. east coast, Pentagon evacuated
South African farm worker gets life for Terre'Blanche murder
1964 Australian Paralympic medalist Trevor French dies
Syrian army bombs Damascus suburbs after allegedly using chemical weapons on them