23 May

23 May

May 23 is the 143rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar; 222 days remain until the end of the year.

We have some interesting facts & historic events all about May 23rd, including areas in religion, crime, health and more.

Keep reading for more interesting facts about May 23rd in history!

Table of Contents

  1. Global Celebrations
  2. Historic Events
  3. Famous Birthdays
  4. Heartbreaking Deaths

Global Celebrations

  • World Turtle Day
  • National Lucky Penny Day

Historic Events

2008: 12 South American countries created the Union of South American Nations in 2008.

1992: The Italian mafia murder Giovanni Falcone

Falcone, a judge, was the mafia’s most prominent adversary. After he, together with his wife and three bodyguards, fell victim to a car bomb, Falcone became a folk hero in Italy.

1969: The Who release Tommy

The British rock band’s fourth album is considered the first musical work of the rock opera genre.

1951: Delegates of the Dalai Lama sign the Seventeen Point Agreement

The contract affirmed Chinese sovereignty over Tibet. According to Tibetan officials, the document was signed under duress and is, therefore, invalid.

1949: The Federal Republic of Germany is established

The proclamation of the Grundgesetz, Germany’s current constitution, marked the birth hour of the republic. The foundation of West Germany came four years after the demise of the Nazi regime and the end of World War II.

1844: Siyyid `Alí Muḥammad Shírází founds Bábism

The Báb, as he called himself, created the religion which was a forerunner of the Bahá’í Faith. His teachings were seen as a threat by the Islamic clergy, and his followers were brutally persecuted by the Persian government.

1965: A model at the Gaby Young Agency learning the proper way to get out of a car with her knees together, London, England, 1965

A model at the Gaby Young Agency learning the proper way to get out of a car with her knees together, London, England, 1965

1958: Robert Timm and John Cook refuelled outside Las Vegas while setting the world record for manned flight endurance of 64 days, 22 hours, and 19 minutes in 1958

Robert Timm and John Cook refuelled outside Las Vegas while setting the world record for manned flight endurance of 64 days, 22 hours, and 19 minutes in 1958

1953: A tank in the streets of East Germany during the anti-communist revolt. 1953.

A tank in the streets of East Germany during the anti-communist revolt. 1953.

1953: A 22-year-old Neil Armstrong on the 23rd May 1953 during his duty in the Korean War.

A 22-year-old Neil Armstrong on the 23rd May 1953 during his duty in the Korean War.

1945: Nazi Heinrich Himmler committed suicide after being taken into Allied custody in 1945.

1929: A new gold rush is starting in Australia as gold has been found just 3 feet below the surface and claims are now being made all over the area in South West in 1929.

1920: Soviet political leader, Nikolai Bukharin, gives a speech at the funeral of American journalist John Reed, 1920

Soviet political leader, Nikolai Bukharin, gives a speech at the funeral of American journalist John Reed, 1920

Famous Birthdays

Births On This Day, May 23

1972: Rubens Barrichello, Brazilian race car driver

1954: Marvelous Marvin Hagler, American boxer

1921: Humphrey Lyttelton, English trumpet player, composer

1848: Otto Lilienthal, German pilot, engineer

1707: Carl Linnaeus, Swedish botanist, physician, zoologist

Bray Wyatt was born.

Joan Collins was born.

James Charles was born.

Heartbreaking Deaths

Deaths On This Day, May 23

2009: Roh Moo-hyun, South Korean politician, 16th President of South Korea

1995: Harold Wilson, English politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

1937: John D. Rockefeller, American businessman, philanthropist, founded the Standard Oil Company

1906: Henrik Ibsen, Norwegian poet, playwright, director

1868: Kit Carson, American soldier

John D. Rockefeller died.

Bonnie Parker died.

Owen Hart died.


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