The Oneida Daily Dispatch (Oneida, NY)
TODAY IN HISTORY
MONDAY AUG 23, 2021
Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama introduced his choice of running mate, Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware, before a crowd outside the Old State Capitol in Springfield, Ill.
Scottish rebel leader Sir William Wallace was executed by the English for treason.
France’s King Louis XVI was born at Versailles.
Britain’s King George III proclaimed the American colonies to be in a state of “open and avowed rebellion.”
Actor, dancer, director and choreographer Gene Kelly was born Eugene Curran Kelly in Pittsburgh.
Japan declared war against Germany in World War I.
Silent film star Rudolph Valentino died in New York at age 31.
Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union agreed to a non-aggression treaty, the Molotovribbentrop Pact, in Moscow.
John Lennon married his first wife, Cynthia Powell, in Liverpool, England.
A bank robbery-turnedhostage-taking began in Stockholm, Sweden; the four hostages ended up empathizing with their captors, a psychological condition now referred to as “Stockholm Syndrome.”
Soviet dancer Alexander Godunov defected while the Bolshoi Ballet was on tour in New York.
Former priest John Geoghan, the convicted child molester whose prosecution sparked the sex abuse scandal that shook the Roman Catholic Church nationwide, died after another inmate attacked him in a Massachusetts prison.