Wikipedia:Selected anniversaries/August 23

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This is a list of selected August 23 anniversaries that appear in the "On this day" section of the Main Page. To suggest a new item, in most cases, you can be bold and edit this page. Please read the selected anniversaries guidelines before making your edit. However, if your addition might be controversial or on a day that is or will soon be on the Main Page, please post your suggestion on the talk page instead.

Please note that the events listed on the Main Page are chosen based more on relative article quality and to maintain a mix of topics, not based solely on how important or significant their subjects are. Only four to five events are posted at a time and thus not everything that is "most important and significant" can be listed. In addition, an event is generally not posted this year if it is also the subject of the scheduled featured article or picture of the day.

To report an error when this appears on the Main Page, see Main Page errors. Please remember that this list defers to the supporting articles, so it is best to achieve consensus and make any necessary changes there first.

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International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition refimprove
Day of the National Flag in Ukraine refimprove section
1521Spanish conquest of the Aztec Empire: After an extended siege, Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés's forces captured the Aztec leader Cuauhtémoc and conquered the capital of Tenochtitlan. refimprove
1572French Wars of Religion: The St. Bartholomew's Day massacre, a wave of Catholic mob violence against Protestant Huguenots, began, resulting in an estimated tens of thousands deaths across France over several months. unreferenced section
1784 – The western part of the U.S. state of North Carolina declared independence as the State of Franklin. lots of inline tags
1866Prussia defeated Austria in the Austro-Prussian War, dissolving the German Confederation. refimprove section
1927 – After a controversial trial, and despite worldwide protests, Italian-born American anarchists Sacco and Vanzetti were executed by electric chair for murder. CN tags, refimprove section
1948 – The World Council of Churches, a worldwide Christian ecumenical organization, was established in Amsterdam. primary sources
1958 – The People's Liberation Army began an intense artillery bombardment of Quemoy, sparking the Second Taiwan Strait Crisis. needs more footnotes, neutrality issues
1966NASA's Lunar Orbiter 1 took the first photograph of Earth from the distance of the Moon. refimprove
1970 – The United Farm Workers, led by Cesar Chavez, began the Salad Bowl strike, the largest farmworker strike in U.S. history. page numbers needed
2007 – The skeletal remains of Alexei Nikolaevich, Tsarevich of Russia, and his sister Anastasia were found near Yekaterinburg, Russia. Alexei: refimprove section


August 23: Black Ribbon Day

Dogs of the Southern Cross Expedition
Dogs of the Southern Cross Expedition
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