Wikipedia:Selected anniversaries/August 23

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This is a list of selected August 23 anniversaries that appear in the "On this day" section of the Main Page. To suggest a new item, in most cases, you can be bold and edit this page. Please read the selected anniversaries guidelines before making your edit. However, if your addition might be controversial or on a day that is or will soon be on the Main Page, please post your suggestion on the talk page instead.

Please note that the events listed on the Main Page are chosen based more on relative article quality and to maintain a mix of topics, not based solely on how important or significant their subjects are. Only four to five events are posted at a time and thus not everything that is "most important and significant" can be listed. In addition, an event is generally not posted this year if it is also the subject of the scheduled featured article or picture of the day.

To report an error when this appears on the Main Page, see Main Page errors. Please remember that this list defers to the supporting articles, so it is best to achieve consensus and make any necessary changes there first.

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International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition refimprove
Day of the National Flag in Ukraine refimprove section
1305 – After a show trial, William Wallace, leader of the Scottish resistance against England during the Wars of Scottish Independence, was executed in London's Smithfield Market. refimprove section
1521 – After an extended siege, forces led by Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés captured Tlatoani Cuauhtémoc and conquered the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan. lots of CN tags
1572 – The St. Bartholomew's Day massacre, a wave of Catholic mob violence against the Huguenots, began, lasting for several months and resulting in an estimated tens of thousands deaths across France. unreferenced section
1784 – The western part of the U.S. state of North Carolina declared itself an independent state under the name of Franklin. unreferenced section
1866Prussia defeated Austria in the Austro-Prussian War, and dissolved the German Confederation. refimprove section
1873 – The Albert Bridge, spanning the River Thames in London, opened. outdated
1948 – The World Council of Churches, a worldwide Christian ecumenical fellowship, was established. primary sources
1958 – The People's Liberation Army began an intense artillery bombardment of Quemoy, sparking the Second Taiwan Strait Crisis. needs more footnotes, neutrality issues
1966NASA's Lunar Orbiter 1 took the first photograph of Earth from the distance of the Moon. refimprove
2007 – The skeletal remains of Alexei Nikolaevich, Tsarevich of Russia, and his sister Anastasia were found near Yekaterinburg, Russia. Alexei: refimprove section


August 23: Krishna Janmashtami (Hinduism, 2019); Day of Remembrance for Victims of Stalinism and Nazism / Black Ribbon Day in Canada, parts of the European Union, Georgia, and the United States

Part of the human chain forming the Baltic Way
Part of the human chain forming the Baltic Way

Radagaisus (d. 406) · Abraham Yates Jr. (b. 1724) · Denny Bautista (b. 1980)

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