0079 ~ MOUNT VESUViUS began stirring, on the feast day of Vulcan on the 23rd August in the year 79. Mount Vesuvius (Italian: Monte Vesuvio) is a stratovolcano in the Gulf of Naples, Italy, about 9 kilometres (5.6 miles) east of Naples. Mount Vesuvius buried and destructed the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum, killing approximately 6,000 people due to hydrothermalpyroclastic flows. The only surviving eyewitness account of the event consists of 2 letters by Pliny the Younger sent to the historian Tacitus. Vesuvius is the only volcano on the European mainland to have erupted within the last hundred years. It’s regarded as one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the world because It’s the most densely populated volcanic region in the world, with a population of 3,000,000 people living close-by, and its tendency towards explosive Plinian eruptions.
1805 ~ Anton von Schmerling the Austrian statesman was born on the 23rd August 1805 (died 1893).
1904 ~ Automobile tire chains were patented on the 23rd August 1904.
1930 ~ Vera Miles the American actress was born on the 23rd August 1930.
1934 ~ Barbara Eden the American actress and singer was born on the 23rd August 1934.
1948 ~ World Council of Churches was formed on the 23rd August 1948.
1949 ~ Shelley Long the American actress was born on the 23rd August 1949.
1949 ~ RiCK SPRiNGFiELD the Australian singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor was born on the 23rd August 1949. Rick Springfield was a member the pop rock group Zoot from 1969 to 1971 before he started his solo career. In 1972 Rick relocated to the United States, where he won a Grammy Award for Best Male Rock Vocal for his No.1 hit Jessie’s Girl in 1981. As an actor, he portrayed Dr. Noah Drake on General Hospital.
1951 ~ PETER LAFFY the Australian singer and guitarist from the original lineup of Mondo Rock, Fox, Freeway and The King Bees was born in East Melbourne on the 23rd August 1951 (died 15th February 2011 age 59). Peter Julian Laffy was a guitarist, vocalist, songwriter, television presenter on Asylum TV, radio presenter on Laffy’s Lounge radio show at 3MDR 97.1FM with Trevor Upton and Anton K. Kressnig. Peter Laffy wrote and performed songs with Ross Wilson in the Mondo Rock early years, which included Primal Park (1979), Love Shock (live on Countdown 1979, see video below), Fugitive Kind (1978 Countdown), and wrote Sure Fire Thing (1982) for The Runners which was No.22 on the 3XY Melbourne charts, and played some songs with Jim Keays and many others ~ see more exact details on the Peter Laffy Discography. Listen to Peter Laffy n’ Friends on www.Reverbnation.com/PeterLaffy
Press the the Reverbnation player button below to hear Peter Laffy singing and playing guitar with friends: Frog Legs, I Can’t Stand The Rain, Mercury Blues, Wind Cries Mary, Gangster of Love, Polk Salad Annie and Addicted To You…
Peter Julian Laffy passed away living in Honolulu, Hawaii on the 15th February 2011, aged 59, and is survived by his wife Gabriellene “Squeeky”, son Aidan, brothers Michael & Shane Laffy, and sisters Colleen Allan, Jody MacDonald & Mae Parker.
1954 ~ C-130 Hercules transport aircraft had its 1st flight on the 23rd August 1954.
1973 ~ The Norrmalmstorg bank robbery in Stockholm, Sweden on the 23rd August 1973, went wrong when it turned into a hostage crisis, and over 5 days the hostages began to sympathise with their captors, leading to the term Stockholm syndrome.
1986 ~ SkyBlu the American singer and dancer from LMFAO was born Skyler Gordy on the 23rd August 1986. Sky Blu is a singer, rapper, producer, DJ and dancer best known as one half of the musical duo LMFAO with his uncle Redfoo.
1989 ~ Australian pilots’ strike: 1,645 Australian domestic airline pilots resigned on the 23rd August 1989, after the airlines threaten to fire them and sue them over a dispute.
2003 ~ Jack Dyer the Australian footballer died on the 23rd August 2003 (born 1913).
2011 ~ Muammar Gaddafi the Libyan leader was overthrown on the 23rd August 2011, after the National Transitional Council forces took control of Bab al-Azizia compound during the 2011 Libyan civil war.
2013 ~ International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition ~ see more information at www.unesco.org
Today in History for August 23rd ~ video presented by the Associated Press…