1908, 23 August
Mulai Hafid declares himself Sultan at Marrakech, Morocco, causing the previous incumbent, Sultan Abd-el Aziz to flee for his life.
1956, 23 August
A 22-nation conference has just ended with a plan for international control of the Suez Canal and the Australian prime minister, Robert Menzies, is due to fly out to Cairo to present it to Colonel Nasser. Four of the 22 nations taking part refused to sign the deal, and the Soviet Union is now threatening to send troops to aid the Egyptians should Britain and France attempt to solve the dispute with force. Meanwhile a Royal Proclamation to call up reservists in the UK has been issued and over 100 charter planes have been contracted to fly British troops to bases on the Mediterranean.
1964, 23 August
Over one hundred European mercenaries are reported in the Congo supporting government troops.