On this day: August 23

Published: 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 - 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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