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 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 222 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Sunday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is May 10, 2021 – a Sunday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 450,480 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 254 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 3,075 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
    The Netherlands declare their independence from Spain.
  • 1609
    Official ratification of the Second Charter of Virginia takes place.
  • 1915
    World War I: Italy joins the Allies after they declare war on Austria-Hungary.
  • 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.
  • 1990
    Jordan Mack was born.
  • 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?

  • 1718
    William Hunter, Scottish anatomist (d. 1783)
  • 1790
    Jules Dumont d'Urville, French explorer (d. 1842)
  • 1883
    Douglas Fairbanks, American actor (d. 1939)
  • 1908
    John Bardeen, American physicist, Nobel laureate (d. 1991)
  • 1928
    Pauline Julien, French Canadian singer (d. 1998)
  • 1957
    Jimmy McShane, Northern Irish singer (Baltimora) (d. 1995)
  • 1965
    Athanasios Skourtopoulos, Greek basketball player and coach
  • 1965
    Tom Tykwer, German film director
  • 1966
    Ernst-Paul Hasselbach, Dutch TV host and producer
  • 1977
    Ilia Kulik, Russian figure skater

Who died on May 23?

  • 1886
    Leopold von Ranke, German historian (b. 1795)
  • 1906
    Henrik Ibsen, Norwegian writer (b. 1828)
  • 1981
    Gene Green, American baseball player (b. 1933)
  • 1981
    George Jessel, American actor (b. 1898)
  • 1988
    Aya Kitō, Japanese diarist (b. 1962)
  • 1992
    Kostas Davourlis, Greek footballer (b. 1948)
  • 2006
    Kazimierz Górski, Polish footballer (b. 1921)
  • 2006
    Lloyd Bentsen, American politician (b. 1921)
  • 2010
    Gane Todorovoski, Macedonian literary critic, poet, & publicist (b. 1929)
  • 2010
    José Lima, Dominican baseball player (b. 1972)

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