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On This Day in History - 23rd August


1905Constant Lambert, Composer and conductor of Sadler's Wells Ballet
1912Gene Kelly, Hollywood song & dance man, also producer/director
1942Roger Greenaway, Songwriter
1943Rt Hon Peter Lilley, Conservative politician
1947Willy Russell, Playwright; 'Educating Rita' & Shirley Valentine'
1949Geoff Capes, English ex policeman; famous for his feats of strength
1949Shelly Long, American actress
1953Bobby Gee, Of the Pop group 'Bucks Fizz'


1793In France, the first ever national conscription was introduced for unmarried men from ages 18 to 25
1914The Emperor of Japan declared war on Germany
1926Known as the worlds greatest screen lover, Rudolph Valentino died aged 31 after an appendix operation
1940German bombers began night time attacks (The Blitz) on London
1977New, smaller pound notes, were introduced into the UK
1987French racing driver Didier Peroni and two companions were killed in a powerboat race off the Isle of Wight
1989English born Jane Webber, a Canadian citizen, became the first woman to cross the Atlantic single handed