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On This Day — August 23

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August 23rd is the 235th day of the year (236th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 130 days remaining until the end of the year. This date is slightly more likely to fall on a Tuesday, Thursday or Sunday (58 in 400 years each) than on Friday or Saturday (57), and slightly less likely to occur on a Monday or Wednesday (56).

On this day in history:

1873 – The Albert Bridge, spanning the River Thames in London, opened.

1943 – World War II: The decisive Soviet victory in the Battle of Kursk gave the Red Army the strategic initiative for the rest of the war.

1989 – Singing Revolution: Two million people from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania stand on the Vilnius–Tallinn road, holding hands.

1991 – The World Wide Web is opened to the public.

2012 – A hot-air balloon crashes near the Slovenian capital of Ljubljana, killing six people and injuring 28 others.

Celebrity Birthdays:

Cheers Star Shelley Long turns 68

Comedian Jay Mohr turns 47

River Phoenix would have turned 47

Hawaii Five-0’s Scott Caan turns 41

Basketball Legend Kobe Bryant turns 39

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