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

  • 1533
    The marriage of King Henry VIII to Catherine of Aragon is declared null and void.
  • 1609
    Official ratification of the Second Charter of Virginia takes place.
  • 1618
    The Second Defenestration of Prague precipitates the Thirty Years’ War.
  • 1813
    South American independence leader Simón Bolívar enters Mérida, leading the invasion of Venezuela, and is proclaimed El Libertador (“The Liberator”).
  • 1900
    American Civil War: Sergeant William Harvey Carney becomes the first African American to be awarded the Medal of Honor, for his heroism in the Assault on the Battery Wagner in 1863.
  • 1915
    World War I: Italy joins the Allies after they declare war on Austria-Hungary.
  • 1934
    The Auto-Lite Strike culminates in the “Battle of Toledo”, a five-day melée between 1,300 troops of the Ohio National Guard and 6,000 picketers.
  • 1995
    Oklahoma City bombing: In Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, the remains of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building are imploded.
  • 1995
    The first version of the Java programming language is released.
  • 1998
    The Good Friday Agreement is accepted in a referendum in Northern Ireland with 75% voting yes.

Who were born on May 23?

  • 1617
    Elias Ashmole, English antiquarian (d. 1692)
  • 1834
    Carl Heinrich Bloch, Danish painter (d. 1890)
  • 1884
    Corrado Gini, Italian sociologist (d. 1965)
  • 1917
    Edward Norton Lorenz, American mathematician and meteorologist (d. 2008)
  • 1939
    Jack McCarthy, American poet
  • 1943
    Vicky Moscholiou, Greek singer (d. 2005)
  • 1956
    Mark Shaw, New Zealand rugby footballer
  • 1966
    Gary Roberts, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1973
    Jacopo Gianninoto, Italian musician
  • 1977
    Annabel Kosten, Dutch freestyle swimmer

Who died on May 23?

  • 1304
    Jehan de Lescurel, French poet and composer
  • 1524
    Ismail I, Shah of Persia (b. 1487)
  • 1815
    Gotthilf Heinrich Ernst Muhlenberg, American clergyman and botanist (b. 1753)
  • 1934
    Bonnie Parker, American outlaw (b. 1910)
  • 1949
    Jan Frans De Boever, Belgian painter (b. 1872)
  • 1967
    Lionel Groulx, French Canadian priest and historian (b. 1878)
  • 1991
    Wilhelm Kempff, German pianist and composer (b. 1895)
  • 1994
    Joe Pass, American jazz guitarist (b. 1929)
  • 2002
    Sam Snead, American golfer (b. 1912)
  • 2003
    Jean Yanne, French actor and director (b. 1933)

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