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On this day: August 23

POSTED: 1:54 PM PDT August 22, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT August 22, 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 - 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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