23 August It Happened Today
1305 William Wallace, Scottish patriot and subject of the film Braveheart, is hung drawn and quartered in London.
1680 Death of Captain Blood, who 9 years earlier had tried to steal the Crown Jewels from the Tower of London.
1754 Birth of French King Louis XVI.
1912 Birth of American actor Gene Kelly.
1926 Death of silent film idol Rudolph Valentino.
1939 Germany and USSR sign a non-aggression pact.