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This Day In History: Aug. 23

This Day in History

1305: Scotsman William Wallace is executed after being convicted of treason by an English court.
1914: In World War I, Japan declares war on Germany.
1927: Radicals Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti are executed for a 1920 Massachusetts holdup in which 2 were killed. (The controversial verdict against them was repudiated in 1977).
1939: The Soviet Union and Nazi Germany sign a nonaggression pact.
1999: For the first time since World War II, Berlin becomes the capital of a unified Germany.
2005: Israel completes the evacuation of all Jewish settlements in the Gaza Strip, as well as several in the West Bank.
In response to a high-profile protest staged by Cindy Sheehan, mother of a soldier killed in the Iraq war, Pres. George W. Bush rejects calls for a withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq.:

Today's Birthdays

1754: King Louis XVI, king during the French Revolution (Versailles, France; executed 1793)
1869: Edgar Lee Masters, poet/author (Garnett, KS; died 1950)
1912: Gene Kelly, actor/dancer/choreographer (Pittsburgh, PA; died 1996)
1929: Vera Miles, actress (near Boise City, OK)
1932: Mark Russell, political comedian (Buffalo, NY)
1934: Barbara Eden, actress (Tucson, AZ). Sonny Jurgensen, football quarterback (Wilmington, NC)
1942: Patricia McBride, ballerina (Teaneck, NJ)
1949: Shelley Long, actress (Fort Wayne, IN). Rick Springfield, singer/actor (Sydney, Australia)
1943: Nelson DeMille, writer (New York, NY)
1978: Kobe Bryant, basketball player (Philadelphia, PA)

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