Today is Monday, August 23, the 235th day of the year 2021. There are still 130 days in the year.
Today’s highlight in history:
On August 23, 2008, Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama presented his election of his Vice President, Senator Joe Biden of Delaware, in front of a crowd in front of the Old State Capitol in Springfield, Illinois.
On this date:
1305, the Scottish rebel leader Sir William Wallace was executed by the English for high treason.
In 1754, France’s King Louis XVI was born in Versailles.
In 1775the British King George III declared that the American colonies are in a state of “open and declared rebellion”.
1912, Actor, dancer, director and choreographer Gene Kelly was born as Eugene Curran Kelly in Pittsburgh.
1914, Japan declared war on Germany during World War I.
1926The silent film star Rudolph Valentino died in New York at the age of 31.
1939, Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union agreed in Moscow on a non-aggression treaty, the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact.
1962, John Lennon married his first wife, Cynthia Powell, in Liverpool, England. (The marriage lasted until 1968.)
1973, a bank robbery began in Stockholm, Sweden, which became hostage-taking; The four hostages finally empathized with their kidnappers, a psychological condition that is now known as “Stockholm Syndrome”.
1979, defeated the Soviet dancer Alexander Godunov while the Bolshoi Ballet was on tour in New York.
In 2003, Former Priest John Geoghan, the convicted child molester whose persecution sparked the sexual abuse scandal that rocked Roman Catholic Churches nationwide, died after another inmate assaulted him in a Massachusetts prison.
In 2013, a military jury convicted Maj. Nidal Hasan for the 2009 fatal rampage in Fort Hood, Texas, which claimed 13 lives; the army psychiatrist was later sentenced to death. Staff member Sgt. Robert Bales, the US soldier who massacred 16 Afghan civilians, was sentenced to life imprisonment with no parole at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington.
Ten years ago: A couple of judges in New York ended the sensational sexual assault trial against Dominique Strauss-Kahn and released him after prosecutors questioned the credibility of the hotel housekeeper who had charged the French diplomat. A 5.8 magnitude earthquake near Mineral, Virginia, the strongest on the east coast since 1944, cracked the Washington Monument and damaged Washington National Cathedral.
Five years ago: Amid piles of wet rubble, President Barack Obama pledged continued national efforts to rebuild the flood-ravaged south of Louisiana. Actor Steven Hill, 94, died in New York City.
A year ago: A white policeman in Kenosha, Wisconsin shot and killed a black man, Jacob Blake, seven times while officers tried to arrest Blake with a pending arrest warrant; the shooting left Blake partially paralyzed and sparked several nights of violent protests. (Blake, who was shot trying to get into an SUV with a penknife dropped out of his pants, later said he was ready to surrender after sticking the knife in the vehicle. Officer Rusten Sheskey was not charged .) Protesters in Portland, Oregon hurled stones, bottles and fireworks at officials and set fires in the streets as they marched on a police station; The police used tear gas to disperse the demonstrators. President Donald Trump announced emergency approval to treat COVID-19 patients with convalescent plasma; Some health experts said the treatment needed further study. Kellyanne Conway, one of Trump’s most influential and long-serving advisors, announced that she would be leaving the White House at the end of the month. Takuma Sato won his second Indianapolis 500; it was held in front of empty grandstands because of the pandemic.
Today’s birthdays: Actress Vera Miles is 91. Actress Barbara Eden is 90. Political satirist Mark Russell is 89. Pro Football Hall of Famer Sonny Jurgensen is 87. Actor Richard Sanders is 81. Ballet dancer Patricia McBride is 79. The former Surgeon Antonia Novello is 77 years old Pro Football Hall of Famer Rayfield Wright is 76. Country singer Rex Allen Jr., actor David Robb and singer Linda Thompson are 74. Actor Shelley Long, actor-singer Rick Springfield and singer-musician Woody Paul (Riders in the Sky) are 72. Queen Noor of Jordan and actor-producer Mark Hudson are 70. Actor Skipp Sudduth is 65. Musician Dean DeLeo (Army of Any; Stone Temple Pilots) is 60. Actor Jay Mohr is 51st actor Ray Park is 47. Actor Scott Caan is 45. Country singer Shelly Fairchild and figure skater Nicole Bobek are 44. Singer Julian Casablancas (The Strokes) is 43. Actor Joanne Fr. oggatt is 41. Actor Jaime Lee Kirchner is 40. Neo-soul musician Actor Annie Ilonzeh is 38. Dance musician Sky Blu is 35. Actor Kimberly Matula and Basketb all players Jeremy Lin are 33.