August 23

1305

Scottish leader and national hero, William Wallace, was executed in London.

1914

Japan declared war on Germany in World War I.

1926

Silent film star Rudolph Valentino died in New York at age 31.

1927

Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti were executed for the murders of two men during a 1920 robbery, despite worldwide protests.

1939

Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union signed a non-aggression treaty.

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