August 23, 1912 - Gene Kelly, Hollywood song & dance man, also producer/director

August 23, 1905 - Constant Lambert, Composer and conductor of Sadler's Wells Ballet

August 23, 1942 - Roger Greenaway, Songwriter

August 23, 1953 - Bobby Gee, Of the Pop group 'Bucks Fizz'

August 23, 1943 - Rt Hon Peter Lilley, Conservative politician

August 23, 1949 - Shelly Long, American actress

August 23, 1947 - Willy Russell, Playwright; 'Educating Rita' & Shirley Valentine'

August 23, 1949 - Geoff Capes, English ex policeman; famous for his feats of strength

August 23, 1989 - English born Jane Webber, a Canadian citizen, became the first woman to cross the Atlantic single handed

August 23, 1987 - French racing driver Didier Peroni and two companions were killed in a powerboat race off the Isle of Wight

August 23, 1977 - New, smaller pound notes, were introduced into the UK

August 23, 1940 - German bombers began night time attacks (The Blitz) on London

August 23, 1926 - Known as the worlds greatest screen lover, Rudolph Valentino died aged 31 after an appendix operation

August 23, 1914 - The Emperor of Japan declared war on Germany

August 23, 1793 - In France, the first ever national conscription was introduced for unmarried men from ages 18 to 25