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 - River Phoenix
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Photo by Alan Light via Wikimedia Commons

1970: Actor River Phoenix ("Stand By Me," "My Own Private Idaho," "Running on Empty") is born in Madras, Oregon. Phoenix, seen here at the 61st Academy Awards in 1989, died of drug-induced heart failure outside the West Hollywood nightclub The Viper Room on Oct. 31, 1993, at the age of 23. He earned Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations for his role in 1988's "Running on Empty."

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