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This Day in History for August 23 – Gaddafi Overthrown and More

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Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1926 – Silent film star Rudolph Valentino dies from a ruptured ulcer at the age of 31, sending tens of thousands of fans into a hysterical state of mass mourning (More info)

1939 – Germany and the Soviet Union shock the world by signing the Hitler-Stalin Pact (More info)

1970 – César Chávez organizes the largest farm worker strike in US history (More info)

1989 – As punishment for betting on baseball, Cincinnati Reds manager and baseball great Pete Rose receives a lifetime ban from the game, igniting a controversy that still rages to this day (More info)

2011 – Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi is overthrown (More info)

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