Today is Wednesday, August 23, the 235th day of 2017.
The list of people born on August 23 includes the following:
French King Louis XVI in 1754.
Dancer/actor/director Gene Kelly in 1912.
Baseball Hall of Fame member George Kell in 1922.
Actor Vera Miles in 1930 (age 87).
Actor Barbara Eden in 1931 (age 86).
Political comedian Mark Russell in 1932 (age 85).
Football Hall of Fame member Sonny Jurgensen in 1934 (age 83).
Actor Shelley Long in 1949 (age 68).
Singer/actor Rick Springfield in 1949 (age 68).
Jordan's Queen Noor in 1951 (age 66).
Actor Jay Mohr in 1970 (age 47).
Actor River Phoenix in 1970.
Actor Scott Caan in 1976 (age 41).
Pro basketball star Kobe Bryant in 1978 (age 39).
Musician Julian Casablancas in 1978 (age 39).
Actor Andrew Rannells in 1978 (age 39).
Actor Joanne Froggatt in 1980 (age 37).
Olympic gold medal-winning swimmer Natalie Coughlin in 1982 (age 35).
Rapper Lil Yachty in 1997 (age 20).
On this date in history:
In 1926, silent screen idol Rudolph Valentino died at the age of 31. The actor became ill with ulcers and after surgery fell into a coma and died.
In 1927, despite worldwide demonstrations on their behalf, Italian-born anarchists Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti were executed for murder.
In 1939, Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union signed a non-aggression pact. Less than two years later, Germany launched a blitzkrieg attack on Russia.
In 1982, Beirut Christian leader Beshir Gemayel was elected president of Lebanon. He was assassinated less than one month later and was succeeded by his brother Amin.