August 23

This Day in History


Communist Newspaper "Pravda" Shuts Down

On this day in 1991, the very last issue of the Soviet newspaper Pravda was published, bringing to an end a publication history that stretched back more than 75 years, to the days immediately … (more...)


First Human-Powered Aircraft Wins Prize

On this day in 1977, Bryan Allen becomes the first person in 18 years to claim the US$100,000 Kremer prize for human-powered flight when he completes a figure-eight course piloting aerospace expert … (more...)


Valentino Dies

The death of silent-screen idol Rudolph Valentino sends his fans into a hysterical state of mass mourning. More than 100,000 faithful paid tribute at his open coffin. Actress Pola Negri, reportedly … (more...)