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This website utilizes pages from Wikipedia to extract historical events from 3761 BC up to the present. There are 105,062 records in the database that include events, births and deaths of popular individuals. The present day Gregorian calendar was adopted to show dates of interest.

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What are the important events that happened on May 23? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

May 23: Facts & Myths About This Day

May 23 is the 143rd day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 222 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Tuesday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is May 10, 2017 – a Tuesday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 415,416 hours has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘hectatetracontatrigon’ day.

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Gemini is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Emerald is the modern birthstone for this month. Sapphire is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 272 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 1,614 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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May 23 Historical Events

  • 1788
    South Carolina ratifies the Constitution as the 8th American state.
  • 1844
    Declaration of the Báb: a merchant of Shiraz announces that he is a Prophet and founds a religious movement that would later be brutally crushed by the Persian government. He is considered to be a forerunner of the Bahá'í Faith, and Bahá'ís celebrate the day as a holy day.
  • 1873
    The Canadian Parliament establishes the North-West Mounted Police, the forerunner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
  • 1915
    World War I: Italy joins the Allies after they declare war on Austria-Hungary.
  • 1945
    World War II: The Flensburg government under Reichspräsident Karl Dönitz is dissolved when its members are captured and arrested by British forces at Flensburg in Northern Germany.

Who were born on May 23?

  • 1898
    Josef Terboven, German Nazi official (d. 1945)
  • 1908
    Hélène Boucher, French aviatrix (d. 1934)
  • 1929
    Ulla Jacobsson, Swedish actress (d. 1982)
  • 1971
    George Osborne, British Chancellor of the Exchequer
  • 1978
    Scott Raynor, American drummer (blink-182)

Who died on May 23?

  • 1989
    Karl Koch, West German hacker (b. 1965)
  • 2003
    Jean Yanne, French actor and director (b. 1933)
  • 2006
    Ian Copeland, American music promoter (b. 1949)
  • 2010
    Gane Todorovoski, Macedonian literary critic, poet, & publicist (b. 1929)
  • 2010
    Leonida Georgievna, Grand Duchess of Russia (b. 1914)

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