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 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, 1,653,264,000 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 ‘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.
  • 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.
  • 1701
    After being convicted of piracy and of murdering William Moore, Captain William Kidd is hanged in London.
  • 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.
  • 1934
    American bank robbers Bonnie and Clyde are ambushed by police and killed in Black Lake, Louisiana.
  • 1945
    World War II: Heinrich Himmler, the head of the SS, commits suicide while in Allied custody.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 2008
    The International Court of Justice (ICJ) awards Middle Rocks to Malaysia and Pedra Branca (Pulau Batu Puteh) to Singapore, ending a 29-year territorial dispute between the two countries.

Who were born on May 23?

  • 1795
    Charles Barry, English architect (d. 1860)
  • 1820
    James Buchanan Eads, American engineer and inventor (d. 1887)
  • 1889
    Ernst Niekisch, German politician (d. 1967)
  • 1910
    Margaret Wise Brown, American author (d. 1952)
  • 1910
    Scatman Crothers, American actor and musician (d. 1986)
  • 1912
    John Payne, American actor (d. 1989)
  • 1939
    Michel Colombier, French composer and songwriter (d. 2004)
  • 1948
    Reggie Cleveland, Canadian baseball player
  • 1966
    Gary Roberts, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1982
    Malene Mortensen, Danish singer

Who died on May 23?

  • 1125
    Henry V, Holy Roman Emperor (b. 1081)
  • 1965
    Earl Webb, American baseball player (b. 1897)
  • 1966
    Demchugdongrub, Mongolian politician (b. 1902)
  • 1981
    David Lewis, Canadian labour lawyer and politician (b. 1909)
  • 1981
    George Jessel, American actor (b. 1898)
  • 1986
    Sterling Hayden, American actor (b. 1916)
  • 1998
    Eminem, American Musician (b. 1972)
  • 2004
    Ramon Margalef, Spanish scientist (b. 1919)
  • 2006
    Kazimierz Górski, Polish footballer (b. 1921)
  • 2010
    Simon Monjack, English actor, producer, & writer (b. 1970)

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