August 23 in history:
On August 23rd, 1975, the monarchy in Laos was overthrown in a Communist coup.
Bolshoi Ballet dancer Alexander Godunov declared his own independence from the Soviets on August 23rd, 1979…defecting to the West while on tour in New York. Godunov stayed in the U.S., and acted in movies. One of his most famous roles was in “The Money Pit,” where he played the ex-husband of “Cheers” star Shelley Long, born on August 23rd, 1949.