On this day: August 23

POSTED: 2:54 PM Aug 22 2012   UPDATED: 12:00 AM Aug 23 2015

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 - Rudolph Valentino
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Paramount Pictures

1926: Silent film star Rudolph Valentino dies at age 31, eight days after collapsing at the Hotel Ambassador in New York City and undergoing surgery for appendicitis and gastric ulcers. Although his initial prognosis was promising, on Aug. 21 he developed pleuritis, an inflammation of the lining of the pleural cavity surrounding his left lung, which led to his death.


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