What happened this day in history May 23

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 144th day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 222 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Saturday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is May 10, 2020 – a Saturday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 1,590,192,000 seconds 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 ‘hectatetracontatetragon’ 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 265 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 2,710 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.
  • 1568
    Dutch rebels led by Louis of Nassau, brother of William I of Orange, defeat Jean de Ligne, Duke of Aremberg and his loyalist troops in the Battle of Heiligerlee, opening the Eighty Years’ War.
  • 1829
    Accordion patent granted to Cyrill Demian in Vienna.
  • 1846
    Mexican-American War: President Mariano Paredes of Mexico unofficially declares war on the United States.
  • 1939
    The U.S. Navy submarine USS Squalus sinks off the coast of New Hampshire during a test dive, causing the death of 24 sailors and two civilian technicians. The remaining 32 sailors and one civilian naval architect are rescued the following day.
  • 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.
  • 1949
    The Federal Republic of Germany is established and the Basic Law for the Federal Republic of Germany is proclaimed.
  • 1967
    Egypt closes the Straits of Tiran and blockades the port of Eilat at the northern end of the Gulf of Aqaba to Israeli shipping.
  • 1990
    Jordan Mack was born.
  • 1995
    The first version of the Java programming language is released.

Who were born on May 23?

  • 1790
    Jules Dumont d'Urville, French explorer (d. 1842)
  • 1910
    Scatman Crothers, American actor and musician (d. 1986)
  • 1921
    Humphrey Lyttelton, English musician (d. 2008)
  • 1924
    Karlheinz Deschner, German researcher and writer
  • 1954
    Hans Kruize, Dutch field hockey player
  • 1965
    Manuel Sanchís Hontiyuelo, Spanish footballer
  • 1968
    Guinevere Turner, American actress
  • 1974
    Mónica Naranjo, Spanish singer
  • 1980
    Lane Garrison, American actor
  • 1986
    Ruben Zadkovich, Australian footballer

Who died on May 23?

  • 1125
    Henry V, Holy Roman Emperor (b. 1081)
  • 1524
    Ismail I, Shah of Persia (b. 1487)
  • 1825
    Ras Gugsa of Yejju, Regent of the Emperor of Ethiopia
  • 1966
    Demchugdongrub, Mongolian politician (b. 1902)
  • 1986
    Sterling Hayden, American actor (b. 1916)
  • 1989
    Karl Koch, West German hacker (b. 1965)
  • 1998
    Eminem, American Musician (b. 1972)
  • 1999
    Owen Hart, Canadian professional wrestler (b. 1965)
  • 2005
    Fat-Tone, American rapper (b. 1981)
  • 2008
    Utah Phillips, American folksinger and activist (b. 1935)

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