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

  • 1533
    The marriage of King Henry VIII to Catherine of Aragon is declared null and void.
  • 1618
    The Second Defenestration of Prague precipitates the Thirty Years’ War.
  • 1701
    After being convicted of piracy and of murdering William Moore, Captain William Kidd is hanged in London.
  • 1706
    Battle of Ramillies: John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough, defeats a French army under Marshal Villeroi.
  • 1788
    South Carolina ratifies the Constitution as the 8th American state.
  • 1813
    South American independence leader Simón Bolívar enters Mérida, leading the invasion of Venezuela, and is proclaimed El Libertador (“The Liberator”).
  • 1998
    The Good Friday Agreement is accepted in a referendum in Northern Ireland with 75% voting yes.
  • 2002
    The “55 parties” clause of the Kyoto protocol is reached after its ratification by Iceland.
  • 2004
    Part of Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport’s Terminal 2E collapses, killing four people and injuring three others.
  • 2006
    Alaskan stratovolcano Mount Cleveland erupts.

Who were born on May 23?

  • 1906
    Pran Nath Thapar, Indian military officer (d. 1975)
  • 1910
    Artie Shaw, American clarinetist and bandleader (d. 2004)
  • 1947
    Jane Kenyon, American poet (d. 1995)
  • 1951
    Anatoly Karpov, Russian chess player
  • 1953
    Dick Stellingwerf, Dutch politician
  • 1956
    Buck Showalter, American baseball player and manager
  • 1957
    Mark Arnold, American actor
  • 1968
    Guinevere Turner, American actress
  • 1976
    Ricardinho, Brazilian footballer
  • 1977
    Ilia Kulik, Russian figure skater

Who died on May 23?

  • 1662
    John Gauden, English bishop and writer (b. 1605)
  • 1691
    Adrien Auzout, French astronomer (b. 1622)
  • 1749
    Graf Valentin Potocki, Polish Jewish nobleman
  • 1752
    William Bradford, English-born printer (b. 1663)
  • 1857
    Augustin Louis Cauchy, French mathematician (b. 1789)
  • 1981
    David Lewis, Canadian labour lawyer and politician (b. 1909)
  • 1988
    Aya Kitō, Japanese diarist (b. 1962)
  • 1994
    Joe Pass, American jazz guitarist (b. 1929)
  • 2006
    Ian Copeland, American music promoter (b. 1949)
  • 2008
    Utah Phillips, American folksinger and activist (b. 1935)

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