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
    The Netherlands declare their independence from Spain.
  • 1788
    South Carolina ratifies the Constitution as the 8th American state.
  • 1805
    Napoleon Bonaparte is crowned King of Italy with the Iron Crown of Lombardy in the Cathedral of Milan.
  • 1813
    South American independence leader Simón Bolívar enters Mérida, leading the invasion of Venezuela, and is proclaimed El Libertador (“The Liberator”).
  • 1846
    Mexican-American War: President Mariano Paredes of Mexico unofficially declares war on the United States.
  • 1915
    World War I: Italy joins the Allies after they declare war on Austria-Hungary.
  • 1958
    Explorer 1 ceases transmission.
  • 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?

  • 1729
    Giuseppe Parini, Italian writer (d. 1799)
  • 1810
    Margaret Fuller, American journalist and feminist (d. 1850)
  • 1896
    Felix Martin Julius Steiner, German Waffen-SS officer (d. 1966)
  • 1925
    Joshua Lederberg, American molecular biologist, Nobel laureate (d. 2008)
  • 1928
    Rosemary Clooney, American singer and actress (d. 2002)
  • 1935
    Lasse Strömstedt, Swedish writer (d. 2009)
  • 1939
    Michel Colombier, French composer and songwriter (d. 2004)
  • 1949
    Daniel DiNardo, American Roman Catholic cardinal
  • 1951
    Anatoly Karpov, Russian chess player
  • 1979
    Rasual Butler, American basketball player

Who died on May 23?

  • 1125
    Henry V, Holy Roman Emperor (b. 1081)
  • 1752
    William Bradford, English-born printer (b. 1663)
  • 1813
    Geraud Duroc, French general (b. 1772)
  • 1855
    Charles Robert Malden, English explorer (b. 1797)
  • 1945
    Heinrich Himmler, Nazi official (b. 1900)
  • 1994
    Joe Pass, American jazz guitarist (b. 1929)
  • 2008
    Utah Phillips, American folksinger and activist (b. 1935)
  • 2010
    Gane Todorovoski, Macedonian literary critic, poet, & publicist (b. 1929)
  • 2010
    Leonida Georgievna, Grand Duchess of Russia (b. 1914)
  • 2010
    Simon Monjack, English actor, producer, & writer (b. 1970)

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