On this day: August 23

Posted: 4:54 PM EDT Aug 22, 2012   Updated: 2:00 AM EDT Aug 23, 2016

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 - Muammar Gaddafi
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2011: Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi is overthrown after rebel forces take control of his Bab al-Azizia compound during the 2011 Libyan civil war. He would eventually be captured and killed by rebels on Oct. 20, 2011.

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    On this day: September 28

    The U.S. Constitution heads to state legislatures for approval, Ted Williams smacks a homer in his last at-bat, the Beatles' "Hey Jude" hits No. 1, and "Star Trek" taps the next generation, all on this day.