On this day: August 23

Published On: Aug 22 2012 03:54:04 PM CDT   Updated On: Aug 23 2013 01:00:00 AM CDT

King George gets fed up with the rebelling colonies, a silent film legend passes away, the Earth is ready for its closeup, and an earthquake jolts D.C., all on this day.

OTD August 23 - R38 airship
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U.S. Naval Historical Center

1921: The British airship R-38 experiences structural failure over Hull, England, and crashes in the shallow waters of the Humber estuary. Of her 49 British and American training crew, only five survived.

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