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.
  • 1609
    Official ratification of the Second Charter of Virginia takes place.
  • 1701
    After being convicted of piracy and of murdering William Moore, Captain William Kidd is hanged in London.
  • 1706
    Battle of Ramillies: John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough, defeats a French army under Marshal Villeroi.
  • 1813
    South American independence leader Simón Bolívar enters Mérida, leading the invasion of Venezuela, and is proclaimed El Libertador (“The Liberator”).
  • 1829
    Accordion patent granted to Cyrill Demian in Vienna.
  • 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.
  • 1873
    The Canadian Parliament establishes the North-West Mounted Police, the forerunner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
  • 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.
  • 1911
    The New York Public Library is dedicated.
  • 1934
    American bank robbers Bonnie and Clyde are ambushed by police and killed in Black Lake, Louisiana.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1990
    Jordan Mack was born.
  • 2002
    The “55 parties” clause of the Kyoto protocol is reached after its ratification by Iceland.
  • 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.

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