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It's Friday once more! You know every time I type that title, I hear the "Daily Show" theme song come on in my head. Anyway, today we're going to look at This Day in History.

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This is by no means a complete list. I just chose a few from the wiki site linked above that seemed interesting and important to note about the day. A lot of things happened on August 23!

79 – Mount Vesuvius begins stirring, on the feast day of Vulcan, the Roman god of fire.

1305 – Sir William Wallace is executed for high treason at Smithfield in London.

1541 – French explorer Jacques Cartier lands near Quebec City in his third voyage to Canada.

1775 – American Revolutionary War: King George III delivers his Proclamation of Rebellion to the Court of St. James's stating that the American colonies have proceeded to a state of open and avowed rebellion.

1864 – The Union Navy captures Fort Morgan, Alabama, thus breaking Confederate dominance of all ports on the Gulf of Mexico except Galveston, Texas.

1898 – The Southern Cross Expedition, the first British venture of the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration, departs from London.

1914 – World War I: Battle of Mons; the British Army begins withdrawal.

1929 – Hebron Massacre during the 1929 Palestine riots: Arab attack on the Jewish community in Hebron in the British Mandate of Palestine, continuing until the next day, resulted in the death of 65-68 Jews and the remaining Jews being forced to leave the city.

1939 – World War II: Germany and the Soviet Union sign a non-aggression treaty, the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact. In a secret addition to the pact, the Baltic states, Finland, Romania, and Poland are divided between the two nations.

1944 – World War II: King Michael of Romania dismisses the pro-Nazi government of Marshal Antonescu, who is arrested. Romania switches sides from the Axis to the Allies.

1966 – Lunar Orbiter 1 takes the first photograph of Earth from orbit around the Moon.

1973 – A bank robbery gone wrong in Stockholm, Sweden, turns into a hostage crisis; over the next five days the hostages begin to sympathies with their captors, leading to the term "Stockholm syndrome".

1990 – Saddam Hussein appears on Iraqi state television with a number of Western "guests" (actually hostages) to try to prevent the Gulf War.

1993 – The Galileo spacecraft discovers a moon, later named Dactyl, around 243 Ida, the first known asteroid moon.

2000 – Gulf Air Flight 072 crashes into the Persian Gulf near Manama, Bahrain, killing 143.

2011 – A magnitude 5.8 (class: moderate) earthquake occurs in Virginia. Damage occurs to monuments and structures in Washington D.C. and the resulted damage is estimated at $200 million - $300 million USD.

2011 – Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi is overthrown after the National Transitional Council forces take control of Bab al-Azizia compound during the 2011 Libyan civil war.

So as you can see, August 23 has been a day of great change, great discovery, and great pain. What are you going to do today?

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