On this day: August 23

POSTED: 01:54 PM PDT Aug 22, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Aug 22, 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 - Stockholm Syndrome
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1973: A bank robbery gone wrong in Stockholm, Sweden, turns into a hostage crisis. Over the next five days, the hostages began to sympathize with their captors, leading to the term "Stockholm syndrome." Pictured is the building where the bank, Kreditbanken, was located in Stockholm's Norrmalmstorg square.


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