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What Happened On This Day In History?
Wednesday, August 23th 2017
Today is the 235th day of 2017. There are 130 days left in this year.
Japan declared war on Germany in World War I.
Italian-born anarchists Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti were executed in Boston for the murders of two men during a 1920 robbery. They were vindicated in 1977 by Massachusetts Gov. Michael S. Dukakis.
Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union signed a non-aggression treaty.
Romanian prime minister Ion Antonescu was dismissed by King Michael, paving the way for Romania to abandon the Axis in favor of the Allies.
An audience at the Hollywood Bowl heard President Truman's daughter, Margaret, give her first public concert as a singer.
The Republican National Convention, meeting in Miami Beach, Fla., nominated Vice President Spiro T. Agnew for a second term.
Soviet dancer Alexander Godunov defected while the Bolshoi Ballet was on tour in New York.
Lebanon's parliament elected Christian militia leader Bashir Gemayel president. Gemayel was assassinated some three weeks later.
In a case that inflamed racial tensions in New York City, Yusuf Hawkins, a black teen-ager, was shot dead after he and his friends were confronted by white youths in a Brooklyn neighborhood.
France's King Louis XVI was born at Versailles.
Silent film star Rudolph Valentino died in New York at age 31.
Broadway librettist Oscar Hammerstein II died in Doylestown, Pa.