What happened this day in history

Wikipedia defines history as the discovery, collection, organization, and presentation of information about past events. It came from the Greek word ‘historia’ – which means ‘inquiry, knowledge acquired by investigation’.

Did you know? There are many who claim Herodotus, a fifth century BC Greek historian, as the “father of history”.

This website utilizes pages from Wikipedia to extract historical events from 3761 BC up to the present. There are 105,060 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 2022 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 222 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Monday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is May 10, 2022 – a Monday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 459,240 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 244 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 3,440 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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May 23 Historical Events

  • 1498
    Girolamo Savonarola is burned at the stake in Florence, Italy, on the orders of Pope Alexander VI.
  • 1618
    The Second Defenestration of Prague precipitates the Thirty Years’ War.
  • 1829
    Accordion patent granted to Cyrill Demian in Vienna.
  • 1945
    World War II: Heinrich Himmler, the head of the SS, commits suicide while in Allied custody.
  • 1951
    Tibetans sign the Seventeen Point Agreement for the Peaceful Liberation of Tibet with the People’s Republic of China.

Who were born on May 23?

  • 1887
    Thoralf Skolem, Norwegian mathematician (d. 1963)
  • 1898
    Scott O'Dell, American author (d. 1989)
  • 1946
    H. Paul Shuch, American SETI scientist
  • 1953
    Dick Stellingwerf, Dutch politician
  • 1977
    Annabel Kosten, Dutch freestyle swimmer

Who died on May 23?

  • 1749
    Graf Valentin Potocki, Polish Jewish nobleman
  • 1813
    Geraud Duroc, French general (b. 1772)
  • 1981
    George Jessel, American actor (b. 1898)
  • 1989
    Karl Koch, West German hacker (b. 1965)
  • 2008
    Utah Phillips, American folksinger and activist (b. 1935)

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