About May 23

May 23, 2021 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.

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Gemini is the sun 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.

What Happened On May 23

  • 1498
    Girolamo Savonarola is burned at the stake in Florence, Italy, on the orders of Pope Alexander VI.
  • 1533
    The marriage of King Henry VIII to Catherine of Aragon is declared null and void.
  • 1568
    The Netherlands declare their independence from Spain.
  • 1609
    Official ratification of the Second Charter of Virginia takes place.
  • 1805
    Napoleon Bonaparte is crowned King of Italy with the Iron Crown of Lombardy in the Cathedral of Milan.
  • 1844
    Declaration of the Báb: a merchant of Shiraz announces that he is a Prophet and founds a religious movement that would later be brutally crushed by the Persian government. He is considered to be a forerunner of the Bahá'í Faith, and Bahá'ís celebrate the day as a holy day.
  • 1846
    Mexican-American War: President Mariano Paredes of Mexico unofficially declares war on the United States.
  • 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.
  • 1907
    The unicameral Parliament of Finland gathers for its first plenary session.
  • 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: Heinrich Himmler, the head of the SS, commits suicide while in Allied custody.
  • 1948
    Thomas C. Wasson, US Consul-General assassinated in Jerusalem.
  • 1949
    The Federal Republic of Germany is established and the Basic Law for the Federal Republic of Germany is proclaimed.
  • 1951
    Tibetans sign the Seventeen Point Agreement for the Peaceful Liberation of Tibet with the People’s Republic of China.
  • 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.
  • 2002
    The “55 parties” clause of the Kyoto protocol is reached after its ratification by Iceland.
  • 2004
    Part of Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport’s Terminal 2E collapses, killing four people and injuring three others.

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