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On this day: August 23

Published On: Aug 22 2012 04:54:04 PM EDT   Updated On: Aug 23 2013 02:00:00 AM EDT

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 - William Wallace
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1305: Sir William Wallace, one of Scotland's main leaders during the Wars of Scottish Independence, is executed for high treason at Smithfield in London.

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