On this day: August 23

POSTED: 2:54 PM Aug 22 2012   UPDATED: 12:00 AM Aug 23 2013

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 - Natalie Coughlin
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Courtesy of Speedo

1982: Natalie Coughlin, the swimmer and 12-time Olympic medalist, is born in Vallejo, California. At the 2008 Summer Olympics, she became the first U.S. female athlete in modern Olympic history to win six medals in one Olympiad, winning a gold, two sivers and three bronze medals.

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